All donations to the City Farmers Initiative are managed by the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago (PHIMC.)
PHIMC serves as the 501c3 of record for all donations, grants, and sponsorships,
ensuring your generous contribution is tax-deductible and directly supports our missions and activities.
PHIMC's EIN is 36-3959353
In addition to serving as the 501c3 of record, the PHIMC team manages our finance.
PHIMC continually monitors our financial performance, providing an extra layer of accountability and governance.
They operate a robust accounting system that aligns with all federal and FASB requirements,
ensuring the transparent and responsible management of funds.
PHIMC was founded in 1994 by Dr. Patrick Lenihan and the Commissioner of Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) Sister Sheila Lyne.
Judith Johns served as the organization’s first Executive Director.
Originally named Chicago Center for Health Systems Development, Inc.,
the organization was incubated at CDPH to support program implementation.
In 2006, PHIMC became a fully independent organization
and received recognition as a public health institute in 2007,
becoming one of the 44 members
of the National Network of Public Health Institutes.
Karen A. Reitan serves as President and Chief Executive Officer,
overseeing the entire organization.
She joined PHIMC in October 2007.
Karen has more than 20 years of experience in public health
with special emphasis on HIV/AIDS prevention and policy.
As Chief Financial Officer, Vivian Funches
directs all financial activities.
She is responsible for financial and compliance reporting,
budget preparation, and daily financial operations.
Prior to PHIMC, Vivian served as VP of Finance and Operations
for Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.,
and before that, as Senior Manager with the accounting firm
Washington, Pittman and McKeever, LLC