OVERVIEW: The Alphawood Foundation seeks organizations that address the LGBTQ Chicago community’s human rights.
IP TAKE: This funder typically provides unrestricted grants to support general operating costs.
PROFILE: Fred Eychaner, a low profile millionaire and chair of Newsweb Corporation, established the Alphawood Foundation in 1991. This Chicago funder awards grants to organizations “[w]orking for an equitable, just, and humane society.” Grantmaking priorities include advocacy, architecture, arts, arts education, HIV/AIDS, and protecting the rights of LGBTQ citizens.
Alphawood predominately awards its LGBTQ-related grants through its advocacy program. Advocacy grants support organizations whose “[p]rimary mission promotes society change, and whose advocacy activities advance responsive and accountable policies and institutions.”
The foundation’s grants typically range from $15,000 to $75,000 and are generally restricted to organizations located in Chicago and the Chicagoland area. Past LGBT advocacy grantees include the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and Equality Illinois. Click here to learn more about Alphawood’s advocacy grantees.
Alphawood also awards a few LGBTQ related grants through its general interest program. Past grantees include Center on Halsted, which is the Midwest’s largest social service agency for the LGBTQ community. The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association is also a past general interest program grantee. Click here to learn more about the foundation’s grantmaking for this program.
The Alphawood Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.
- James McDonough, Executive Director
- Bradford White, Associate Director
- Christopher M.M. Audain, Program Officer