J. Christopher Reyes and his younger brother Jude run Reyes Holdings, a global food and beer distribution conglomerate with headquarters in the Chicago area. Reyes had sales of $23.5 billion in 2014 and Reyes himself is worth $3.9 billion.
With his wife Anne, Reyes established the J. Christopher and Anne N. Reyes Foundation in 2007. While the money coming out of this outfit isn't overwhelming (the foundation has done around $4 million in grantmaking annually in recent years), much of its philanthropy takes place in Chicago. As well, Reyes has served in leadership positions on several boards which appear to guide some of the couple's philanthropy. Here are a few things to know about their giving.
1. Its Health Giving Is Guided By Reyes' Health Leadership
Christopher Reyes has long been involved in the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago (formerly known as Childrens Memorial Medical Center) and currently chairs the board. In the last decade, Reyes helped helm a $400 million capital campaign, making generous gifts himself. In 2007 alone, Reyes gave Lurie Children's at least $5 million. More recently, in 2013, the Lurie Children's Foundation received $1 million from the couple. Reyes also served as Vice Chairman of MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital and has supported the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
As well, the couple has given to Jupiter Medical Center Foundation, and the Northwestern Memorial Foundation. Christopher Reyes' connection to Northwestern appears to be through his brother Jude, who is a trustee at Northwestern.
2. The Foundation Has Also Supported Education in Chicago
Recent money has gone to Lake Forest Academy, an independent boarding school, and Lake Forest Country Day School. Support has also gone to Reading Power, an outfit that helps students with reading, and towards fellowships at the Accelerate Institute. The couple has helped bankroll the Ryan Award, "a one-year, paid fellowship providing aspiring principals with the opportunity to step back and develop a high-impact strategy and plan for creating a high-achieving urban school in the year prior to their first year as a principal."
Reyes is also a trustee at University of Notre Dame in South Bend, where modest sums have gone in recent years.
3. Assorted Sums Have Supported the Chicago Community
Chicago outfits such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Boys & Girls Club of Chicago, Lync Opera of Chicago, The Field Museum, and the Museum of Science and Industry. Recent money has also gone to Forest Park Protect Corporation to support one of the oldest parks on the North Shore.
The J. Christopher and Anne N. Reyes Foundation has no website and no way for grantseekers to get in touch. The foundation tends to have a similar list of grantees annually, suggesting that it might be difficult to get your foot in the door.