Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund

OVERVIEW: The Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund supports children’s health and education, Jewish life, and arts and civic life in the Bay Area and beyond.

FUNDING AREAS: Children’s health and education, Israel and Jewish affairs, the arts and civic life

IP TAKE: This is one of the many Pritzker philanthropies and a very locally focused one. Learn about the Pritzker couple’s local affiliations and aim to collaborate with one of them on a new pilot project.

PROFILE: Established in 2002, the Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund is based in Redwood City, California. Starting at Hyatt, John Pritzker co-founded a number of companies, including Ticketmaster, before returning to hospitality via his investment firm, Geolo Capital. John serves as the foundation’s chairman today. Lisa Stone Pritzker serves as foundation president. She holds a Master’s in nonprofit administration from the University of San Francisco. A few of the organizations she works with are UCSF’s Center for Health and Community as well as the Child Trauma Center at SFGH, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Grantmaking areas of interest are children’s health and education, Israel and Jewish affairs, and the arts and civic life.

For children’s health and education grants, this foundation looks for programs that value a coordinated and holistic approach to serving children. Most of these grants stay in the Bay Area, but the foundation also considers pilot programs in other cities to meet this goal. Jewish life grants fund programs that provide a vital, caring, and engaged local Jewish community. Through their foundation, the Pritzker couple also gives to vulnerable children and communities in Israel with these grants. Although arts and civic life grants are less common with this funder, it does support arts groups that prioritize imagination, aspiration, compassion, and community.  Past foundation grantees include the University of California San Francisco (benefiting the Benioff Children's Hospital), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco. The foundation tends to stick to grantees that it has a personal affiliation with.

Foundation giving has exceeded $13 million in recent years. View the funder’s tax records to learn more about local giving. This foundation mostly gives in the San Francisco Bay Area, but it also supports causes in Israel.

This is not a funder that accepts unsolicited letters of inquiries or proposals. There is an online portal for nonprofits that receive an invitation from the foundation to apply. The foundation reviews these letters of inquiry on a rolling basis, and staff members reply to applicants within a month. Final funding decisions are typically made within three months. Direct general inquiries can the staff at inquiries@ljpff.org or (650) 365-4646.

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