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.
Three couples with strong Chicago connections were recently listed among the most generous philanthropists in America. We take a closer look at their giving.
The Chicago Foundation for Women puts a big emphasis on helping women become financially independent. We look at CFW's latest grants and it's partnerships with other funders around town.
The promising niche of sports-related youth development continues to attract new funder attention. The latest convert: Ken Griffin, one of Chicago's most active mega-givers.
Don't worry, grantees, Joyce is not engaging in a dramatic shift away from past priorities. Rather, it's amplifying its longstanding focus on equity, with a keener eye on challenging racial exclusion.
The Chicago Community Trust is tuned into the criminal justice and mental health aspects of homelessness, with an eye on the promise of permanent supportive housing.
In discussions of putting money towards principal quality to improve public schools the Windy City, one foundation’s name always comes up: the Chicago Public Education Fund. What's it doing?
The Terra Foundation for American Art is a unique funder known for bringing visual arts from U.S. artists to national and international audiences. But what about Terra’s hometown of Chicago?
The nation's top donor-advised fund, which made a staggering 849,000 grants in 2016, has crunched its data to analyze what giving looks like in different regions of the U.S. It's worth paying attention.
The Chicago Community Trust's new leader is an African-American woman with a blue chip resume. What's the significance of this choice?
The Field Foundation is certainly not the largest funder in the city, but it’s a very locally focused one, and it's lately made some big changes. Here's a look.
The Graham Foundation is known around the world for redefining architecture and supporting architecture projects as works of art. But plenty of grants land locally, too.