Peter & Paula Fasseas Foundation: Chicago Grants

OVERVIEW:  The Peter & Paula Fasseas Foundation supports animals and health, among other areas.

IP TAKE:  The foundation keeps a low profile and does not accept unsolicited proposals

FUNDING AREAS: Animals, Health (Cancer), Education & Youth, Arts , Religious

PROFILE: Peter and Paula Fasseas launched their business in 1978, leveraging their home to purchase North Community Bank. It was the first piece in what would grow to become the Metropolitan Bank Group in Illinois. The Fasseases established the Peter & Paula Fasseas Foundation in the mid 1990s. It supports animal welfare, health, and education, among other interests. 

An important part of the foundation’s Chicago grantmaking remains PAWS Chicago, which the couple founded in the late 1990s after learning about the extent of the pet overpopulation problem in the region. PAWS Chicago is now the largest no-kill humane organization in Chicago. The family has continued to support PAWS Chicago (Paula serves as chair) via their foundation, as well as places like Animal Welfare League, and Puppy Mill Project.

The family also supports health organizations in Chicago like AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center, and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. In addition, the Fasseases earmark funds for schools like Chicago City Day School, as well as select arts and religious institutions in the Chicago area.

The foundation does not maintain a website or accept unsolicited proposals either.


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The Peter & Paula Fasseas Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for getting in touch with the couple, but below is an address

Peter & Paula Fasseas Foundation
1933 Marcey Street
Chicago, IL 60614