Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation is driven by the values, priorities and experiences the family shares. Focuses include educational opportunity and violence prevention.

IP TAKE: The foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals but has an accessible website with an email that invites inquiries.

FUNDING AREAS: Violence prevention, culture, arts, education

PROFILE: Founded in 2002, the Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation was established by Gigi Pritzker, one of the 11 billionaire heirs to the Hyatt Hotels fortune, and her husband Michael Pucker. The couple cofounded DNS Capital, of which Pucker serves as chairman and CEO. The Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation (PPFF), “supports high impact programs that seek to transform individuals, families and communities through innovative, collaborative and scalable approaches.”

PPFF's focus areas include violence prevention, culture, arts impact, and educational impact. PPFF's violence prevention focus area supports "coordinated restorative justice and violence reduction policies and practices." Its cultural focus area centers on Chicago, as well as nationally and even internationally. PPFF's educational portfolio, meanwhile, focuses on institutions with connections to the family, as well as educational opportunities for diverse populations.

Grants range from $250 to $515,000. Past grantees include American World Jewish Service, Chicago Children's Museum, Columbia University, Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, Redmoon Theater, and University of Chicago. Generally, PPFF supports one-year grants. However, multi-year grants may be considered for organizations that have received prior support. 

PPFF does not accept unsolicited proposals and reviews proposals on a quarterly basis. Send inquiries to


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