OVERVIEW: The Conant Family Foundation provides general operating support to nonprofit organizations that address racial, economic and gender justice.
IP TAKE: The foundation is interested in a range of support strategies including direct services, community organizing, and policy advocacy. Preference is given to organizations that engage community leadership; embody the principles they espouse; and seek creative, innovative approaches.
FUNDING AREAS: Racial, economic, and gender justice
PROFILE: Doris Conant created the current iteration of the Conant Family Foundation’s (CFF) in 2015. The late Doris Conant was civil rights organizer in Chicago in the 1960s and later founded Urban Innovations, a Chicago-based real estate investment company. The Conant family members, including Doris’ son Howard Conant Jr., president of Urban Innovations, now oversee CFF. Howard Jr. serves as treasurer and Howard Jr.’s, daughter serves as president of the foundation. CFF “carries forward a legacy of promoting basic human needs, dignity, and justice by partnering closely with organizations making a visible and direct impact on communities and individuals.” The foundation provides general operating support to nonprofit organizations that address racial, economic and gender justice.
Grants range from 5,000 to $75,000 largely to Cure Violence/CeaseFire; however, past grantees include Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago, Chicago Help Initiative, Illinois Partners for Human Services, and the Chicago Reporter, a monthly periodical which covers poverty and race issues. Review the funder's recent tax records to learn more about past grantees. Grantmaking is largely focused on Chicago.
Annual deadlines to submit LOIs are October 1 and April 1. If the work of the organization fits the priorities and interests of CFF, a full proposal will be requested. The foundation's contact information for general questions is 312-970-3286 and Leslie@conantfamilyfoundation.org.
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