Crown Family Philanthropies: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: Crown Family Philanthropies global health grantmaking supports psychosocial services to those living in conflict areas; health care delivery focusing on community health centers; and providing decentralized preventative and emergency care to local communities in developing countries.

IP TAKE: Crown’s global health grantmaking process is not as accessible as its domestic programs. Grantmaking is competitive. 

PROFILE: After immigrating from Eastern Europe and arriving in Chicago, Arie and Ida Crown established the Material Service Corporation. In 1947, the Crowns created the Arie and Ida Crown Memorial in 1947, which was renamed to Crown Family Philanthropies in 2009. Its rebranding occurred in order to represent a wider “[a]rray of family grantmaking practices.” Crown's grantmaking heavily prioritizes the greater Chicago area but also supports arts and culture, civic affairs, education, environment, human services, Jewish charity, and health

While Crown heavily focuses its investments in the greater Chicago area, it also makes grants to global health projects around the world. Its global health program seeks to "[i]ncrease access to quality comprehensive healthcare and support services as well as improve the health of the poor in developing countries." It is predominately interested in funding access to quality healthcare, prevention, supportive services, and health in developing countries. Its global health investments intend to "[i]mprove the health of the poor in developing countries through comprehensive, community-based healthcare delivery." Its focus areas include delivering psychosocial services in areas recovering from conflict; providing innovative training and delivery models that enable community health workers to provide decentralized preventative; and life-saving support to entire communities.

While it accepts unsolicited applications throughout the year for its domestic grantmaking, Crown makes global health grants by invitation only. Crown’s global health grants typically range from $50,000 to $150,000.


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