The Canning Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Canning Foundation’s Chicago giving focuses on a range of causes including the arts, education, health, human services, community, and animals.

FUNDING AREAS: Arts and culture, education and 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 1993 in Illinois, the Canning Foundation is steered by Chicago area couple John and Rita Canning. John Canning, Jr. is the co-founder and chairman of Madison Dearborn Partners, an investment firm in Chicago. His wife, Rita, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Illinois and is a long-time volunteer to local causes including Northwestern University and the Field Museum. Grantmaking areas of interest are arts and culture, education and youth, health, human services, animals, and Chicago community.

The foundation does not have a website to guide grantseekers. However, 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 fund 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. 

Canning grants tend to range from $5,000 to $100,000. Of late, the foundation has directed grants to a similar batch of grantees and annual grantmaking has been in the $2 million range. View the funder's recent tax records to learn more about past grantees. The Canning Foundation's grantmaking largely focuses on the Chicago area, where it continues to support the arts, education, health, human services, and animal organizations.  

It appears that the foundation does not accept unsolicited applications, and it prefers to maintain a low public profile with a minimal web presence. The phone number to get in touch with the foundation is 312-895-1100.


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