A newcomer to venture philanthropy, Chicago Beyond is worth keeping an eye on as it embarks on a second year of grantmaking and dangles the possibility of jumbo size grants to local groups.
Joseph Pedott is the advertising legend behind two pop culture icons, the Chia Pet and the Clapper. Now, he's putting his wealth to use for kids in Chicago and San Francisco.
Last year, we highlighted a foundation-backed project that aims to lower the barriers to impact investing in Chicago. Now, we look at the first round of loan recipients and what lies ahead.
Tech giving has been on the rise in Chicago, as this sector continues to ramp its presence in the Windy City and engages more in the local philanthropy scene. Here's the latest development.
For film fans around the world, Roger Ebert is forever famous for the trademarked phrase “Two thumbs up.” But for many nonprofits in Chicago, the local legend also represents new opportunities.
Impressed by the Getty Foundation-funded Pacific Standard Time, two funders are backing a similar exhibition in Chicago. What's Art Design Chicago all about?
Caterpillar is moving to Chicago at the same time that it faces a major scandal over tax evasion. How might this affect the company's local philanthropy?
With Chicago's schools facing major funding shortfalls, we look at how local education support is coming from some unexpected places.
Quite a bit of parks philanthropy has a personal connection. Such history explains why the McCormick Foundation in Chicago recently gave big for a suburban park.
The billionaire's foundation just hired a new director of the Pritzker Children’s Initiative, which is a portfolio of national investments.
While national funders strategize on how to oppose Trump policies that affect women, local funders are also stepping up with new grantmaking. A case in point is the Chicago Foundation for Women.
Not one to hog the limelight, McGowan is an accessible and reliable grantmaker in the homelessness space. It's open to new proposals, but applicants can't just be from anywhere.
Colin Kaepernick’s name has been in the news lately, as the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers takes a stand (or rather a knee) for racial justice. He's engaged in philanthropy for the cause, too.
What's the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago been up to lately? We take a look recent grantmaking to find out.
Donnelley has been making a splash on the film grantmaking scene in Chicago and the land preservation scene in the South Carolina Low Country. Let's look at how 2016 played out between the two locations.
Evidence keeps rolling in that urban parks are a favored cause among today's top givers. The latest major donor in this space is hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin.
The Joyce Foundation recently awarded $10 million in grants for energy efficiency, teacher preparation, gun safety, and more. Here where that money is going.
A Chicago-area philanthropist named Nancy W. Knowles recently made news for an eight-figure gift to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. What's her story?
MacArthur has gotten some flack for not giving enough in its own hometown. But where do its local grants go, exactly?
As MacArthur's high-profile $100 million prize competition moves forward, one question is whether an effort in the funder's hometown could win out over 1,883 other organizations worldwide?