David Herro Charitable Foundation

OVERVIEW:  The David Herro Charitable Foundation’s grantmaking includes support of education and arts organizations.

IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low public profile, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities.

FUNDING AREAS: education & youth, arts & culture, policy

PROFILE: Founded in 1997, the David Herro Charitable Foundation was established by Chicago businessman David Herro, a partner of Harris Associates. The David Herro Charitable Foundation’s grantmaking includes support of education and arts organizations.

Herro comes from a humble background and attended Catholic school, which he now strongly supports. He and his longtime partner Jay Franke, a dancer, are also arts patrons. Herro helped launch Chicago Dancing Festival, an event that draws dance companies from around the country, in 2007. Jay serves as the festival's artistic director.

In a recent fiscal year, grants ranged from $22,653 to $1,000,000 given to Big Shoulders Fund. Past grantees include Big Shoulders Fund which works in inner city Chicago; LEARN Charter School Network, Holy Trinity High School, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Music and Dance Theater Chicago; and Better Government Association, “a Chicago-based investigative journalism non-profit organization.” Herro has described himself as libertarian and is a steady Republican donor.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.

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CONTACT:

David Herro Charitable Foundation
159 E. Walton Place
Chicago, IL  60611
Telephone: (312) 587-0408