The Canning Foundation: Chicago Grants

OVERVIEW: The Canning Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of financier John Canning and his wife Rita. The couple's Chicago giving focuses on a range of causes including the arts, education, health, and animals.

FUNDING AREAS: Arts & Culture, Education & Youth, Health, Human Services, Animals, Chicago Community

IP TAKE: The Canning Foundation keeps a low profile and does not accept unsolicited proposals.

PROFILE: Established in the early 1990s, the Canning Foundation is steered by Chicago area couple John and Rita Canning. The Canning Foundation's grantmaking largely focuses on the Chicago area where it has supported the arts, education, health, human services, and animal organizations.  

Past Chicago area grantees include the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago Dancing Company, Art Institute of Chicago, WINGS, Big Shoulders Fund, DePaul University, Marian Catholic High School, The Brain Research Foundation, and PAWS Chicago.

The Cannings also fund 100 scholarships each year to send inner-city children to high-performing parochial schools. They also support undergraduate and community college scholarships for lower-income students. Of late, the foundation has directed grants to a similar batch of grantees and annual grantmaking has been in the $2 million range.

Unfortunately, the foundation does not accept unsolicited applications and prefers to maintain a low public profile with a minimal web presence. 


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The Canning Foundation does not provide a clear avenue to get in touch with the couple but below is an address:

The Canning Foundation
1650 W. Dublin Ct.
Inverness, IL 60067