The Bethany Fund Board of Directors has identified four priority areas to guide funding efforts. In all of these areas, health disparities exist between the Bethany Fund Communities and the city of Chicago as a whole. To receive funding, all proposed programs must address one or more of these priority areas:

Diabetes: The age-adjusted death rate due to diabetes mellitus in the Fund Communities is 73.3 percent higher than the Chicago rate.

School-dropout Prevention: The school-dropout rate at age 16 in the Fund Communities is 20.2 to 36.5 percent higher than the Chicago rate.

Violence Prevention: The age-adjusted death rate due to assault (homicide) in the Fund Communities is 101 percent higher than the Chicago rate.

 Workforce Development: The unemployment rate among the civilian population age 16 and over in the Fund Communities is 36 to 155 percent higher than the Chicago rate.