Abel and Judy Friedman Charitable Foundation: Chicago Grants

OVERVIEW: Batory Foods founder Abel Friedman and his wife Judy move their philanthropy through the Abel and Judy Friedman Charitable Foundation. The foundation's Chicago grantmaking includes support of community organizations, education, health, and human services. 

FUNDING AREAS: Jewish Causes, Community & Civic Organizations, Education, Health, Human Services, 

IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low-profile and does not appear to accept unsolicited proposals. Networking is key for getting on this funder's radar. The family is especially interested in Jewish causes, so nonprofits working in this area might have a leg up.

PROFILE: In 1979, Abel Friedman founded Chicago Sweetners, now Batory Foods, a food and beverage distrubutor. Friedman and his wife Judy engage in philanthropy via their Abel and Judy Friedman Charitable Foundation, a low-profile vehicle with a minimal web presence. The couple's giving through their foundation prioritizes Chicagoland, with a particular interest in community organizations, education, and health and human services. A number of these organizations are within the Jewish community.

The Friedmans are strongly involved with the Moishe House Chicago, which " builds a diverse, progressive, and inclusive community in an egalitarian Jewish context that is committed to working towards a more just society." Other community organizations that the couple has supported include The Jewish Women's Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, Illinois Holocaust Museum, and Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago.

The couple also supports education in Chicagoland. Grantees have included Louis and Saerree Fiedler Hillel at Northwestern University, and Chicagoland Jewish High School. The foundation's grantmaking also involves low-level support of miscellaneous charities that are undisclosed in recent tax records.

The family's support of health and human services in Chicago, meanwhile, includes earmarking funds for outfits like Children's Hospital of Chicago, Children's Oncology Services, and American Heart Services. 

While the Abel and Judy Friedman Charitable Foundation's grantmaking is only accessible to the public via 990 tax records, these records do give a helpful breakdown of where the couple's giving priorities lie. In a recent year, the bulk of the foundation's funds went to education and community organizations. Overall, the foundation gave away a little under $525,000 to a handful of grantees.


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The Abel and Judy Friedman Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for getting in touch with the couple, but below is an address:

Abel and Judy Friedman Charitable Foundation
4231 W. Grove St.
Skokie, IL 60076