The Basics of Paul M. Angell Family Foundation’s Local Giving in Chicago

At first glance, Chicago nonprofits might write off the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation as a viable source of funding. After all, the funder’s top priority is the world’s oceans and the Windy City is nowhere near a vast body of salt water. However, there are two grantmaking programs that have a Chicago focus, one a little more so than the other.

Social Services

Unlike the foundation’s other two giving priority areas, social services has the largest Chicago focus. “Social services” is a broad term, but Angell breaks its specific interests down like this:

  • Early childhood education
  • Teenage pregnancy prevention
  • School completion for at-risk youth
  • Workforce preparedness
  • African-American male achievement

Poverty prevention and curing inequalities are at the heart of Angell grantmaking in Chicago, and the foundation likes to see programs and organizations focusing on early intervention and prevention. Local groups see flexible general operating support and specific program/project support for social services grants. The foundation also occasionally awards grants that help nonprofits educate the community through workshops, lectures, exhibitions, and distributing materials.

Performing Arts

Chicago performing arts groups also regularly see the Angell Family Foundation’s support, but they have to share the spotlight with a few other geographic regions. Angell considers letters of inquiry for support from classical music and theater organizations along the Atlantic region between Washington, D.C. and Wilmington, Delaware and in the Cleveland area as well.

The foundation has supported the following local Chicago area groups in the past:

Grant Writing Advice

The Angell Foundation does welcome letters of inquiry from nonprofits working in these areas and has an online system in place. Since spring 2014, the foundation has incorporated an “update for repeat support” feature to its online application for grantees in need of subsequent funding. The Angell board and staff want you to keep your objectives clear and simple and limit your grant narrative to 3,000 characters. According to the foundation’s “tips” section:

Another thing to remember is that we’ll want to assess your grant based on activity that has occurred after your application was submitted, so please don’t set objectives for activities that have already wholly transpired. Finally, please do not fail to include a means of assessing the success of attainment of each objective. It can be a quantitative measurement (for example, tickets collected as a means of assessing an attendance objective) or qualitative (external reviews of a public performance).

To learn more about this local funder’s giving, check out IP’s full profile of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation. See the How to Apply page for the most up-to-date information on grant cycles and deadlines.