This media giant’s corporate funding arm will soon award approximately $2.5 million in 11 regions to support promising local programs addressing community challenges.
The giving circle movement has been growing fast in recent years, drawing in new kinds of donors. A case in point is an effort on the South Side of Chicago that describes itself as a “fierce group of women paving a path of investment into women-of-color-led community initiatives.”
The hedge fund billionaire is one of the biggest philanthropists to emerge from finance in recent years, with wide-ranging interests and money flowing to various causes. What is Griffin, who’s only 50, trying to achieve with his giving?
In Chicago, some funders and civic leaders see transforming the city’s extensive river system as an opportunity to advance environmental goals while also bringing people together in creative ways. The Chicago Community Trust is a key leader of this work.
Male leaders: Curious about how to promote gender equity? The Chicago Foundation for Women lays out a roadmap through its Champions of Change program, and it’s looking for local participants.
This is the 25th year of grantmaking for Vincent and Patricia Foglia of the Foglia Family Foundation. We explore how they stay true to their hometown of Chicago by giving big to local medical institutions.
A growing number of corporate philanthropies are making big commitments to complex, entrenched challenges. The latest example is $55 million in gifts from AbbVie to leading nonprofits working at the nexus of education and poverty.
After years of ramping up his giving to help poor children in Illinois and beyond, billionaire heir J.B. Pritzker spent $171 million to get himself elected governor. What could Pritzker’s win mean for public-private partnerships in the state?
Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson are in their 90s and 70s, respectively, are still giving away millions, and are now stars of an HBO documentary. How does their giving reflect their love for art, and what else are they backing?
We take a look at the Finnegan Family Foundation, created by Paul and Mary Finnegan, to get a better sense of how this locally focused funder operates in Chicago.
Despite the pervasiveness of domestic violence, this problem has never been high on philanthropy’s agenda. That’s starting to change in Chicago, thanks to a collaboration that includes some of the city’s most prominent foundations.
The Chicago Foundation for Women is a local funder that we follow closely because of its comprehensive approach to gender equity. Here’s how and where this funder has been giving around town lately.
The Obama Foundation is raising a ton of money as the former president builds a platform to advance his longstanding passion for strengthening U.S. democracy and civic life. Where’s all this cash coming from?
In an era when so many K-12 funders aim to transform public school systems, the Chicago Foundation for Education works to help teachers do their jobs better, typically with very small grants. What’s the impact?
Mini-grants, which are often in the range of $250 to $2,500, have an important place in institutional philanthropy, even though you don't hear much about them.
The Chicago Community Trust recently selected 30 nonprofits to receive multifaceted support to strengthen management practices, along with a combined $3 million over four years. We explore this unique program.
The giant bank has become a surprising leader in philanthropy's push for inclusive economic growth. We take a deep dive into the backstory—and what JPMorgan brings to the table that's new.
As Crown Family Philanthropies moves into its seventh decade of giving, it’s teamed up with the Chicago Foundation for Women and other local funders to step up the fight against domestic violence in its home city.
The Brinson Foundation continues to back education, science, and medical research, with additional funding for local cultural institutions in Chicago. We explore its 2017 grantees and its plans to limit new awards “in the near future.”
Two of the most recent efforts coming out of the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation are supporting pediatric dentistry and children’s mental health.
Chicago has a bustling tech scene and many of these companies are engaged in local giving, reflecting a larger national trend of growing tech philanthropy. We take a look at who’s been doing what lately.
As local news ecosystems struggle to attract and retain readers, funders are encouraging outlets to better reflect the communities they serve. The latest example comes from Chicago.
Aside from its global aspirations, the Blackstone Charitable Foundation has a strong Chicago connection and close relationship with Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Here’s what this entrepreneurship funder is supporting in the city.
The venture philanthropy movement has been around for a while now, but newcomers keep appearing on the scene, including many funds with a local focus. A case in point: the New Coast Foundation in Chicago.
At the end of last year, the Chicago-based Joyce Foundation adopted a stronger focus on equity. We look at how this is playing out in recent grantmaking.
While mega-donors seem to be providing more large general support gifts to nonprofits lately, we still don’t often see such gifts flowing to universities and museums. Here’s a $50 million exception.
Giving circles are a big part of the philanthropy scene in Chicago, and there are quite a few of them around town. We look at a new giving circle on the local scene and what sets it apart from the others.
Hedge funder Ken Griffin has teamed up with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to back next-gen data analysis to improve policing. It's yet another example of philanthropy supporting innovative civic projects.
A Chicago native, Mandera created his own transportation business at the age of 23 and he founded The Custom Companies in Northlake, Illinois. Here's a look at his philanthropy.
The art world has long been dominated by institutions and thought leaders on the coasts. The Terra Foundation for American Art tells us how it's working to change all that.