Meet the Foundation Supporting Public Health in Chicago that you’ve Never Heard Of

First as a hands-on care group—VNA stands for Visiting Nurse Association, after all—and later, from 1995 forward, as a grantmaker funding groups doing the hands-on health work, VNAF has been giving out funding to the tune of about $2 million per year. They’re generous and accessible, and if you’re Chicago-based with a health access angle, you need to know about them.
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The Surprising Results of a Joyce Foundation-funded Employment Study

The grantmaking of one of Chicago's biggest players, the Joyce Foundation, has been trending towards employment readiness and transforming the city's kids into reliable employees. Before it delves further into awarding grant money, Joyce has been funding research studies about online job searches, and African Americans have been the target group.
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Rehabilitation Institute Sees Funding Drop

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago is struggling to move forward with construction plans after falling $35 million short of its key fundraising milestone. Major foundations, like Chicago Community Trust, have historically accounted for over 75% of the funding for the city’s rehab specialty hospital.

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From the Hedge Fund to the Gallery: Kenneth Griffin’s Love Affair with Art

Kenneth Griffin has a taste for art with large price tags. Fortunately, Griffin's taste extends to his philanthropy giving as well. Despite his love affair with art, Griffin has been focusing more on politics and education in recent years. Is Griffin’s love for art waning, or are his priorities simply shifting?

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