Carl R. Hendrickson Family Foundation: Grants for Chicago and Northern Illinois

OVERVIEW: The Carl R. Hendrickson Family Foundation supports education, health, and human services in Chicago and Northern Illinois.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, health, human services

IP TAKE: This funder prioritizes organizations in Chicago and in Northern Illinois cities, especially for groups with an entrepreneurial spirit.

PROFILE: Established in 1991, the Carl R. Hendrickson Family Foundation is a private foundation focused on Illinois. Hendrickson was a Chicago entrepreneur who established the Hendrickson Trucking Company with this brothers and father. Hendrickson and his wife, Agnes, invented the tandem truck. They encouraged others to have an entrepreneurial spirit through their philanthropic pursuits. Managed by Bank of America’s Illinois office, the foundation’s grantmaking includes education, health, and human services.

This funder provides program and operating support grants for groups with organizational budgets of $10 million or less. It broadly supports broad organizations in its home region, but aims to support underserved populations. It prioritizes nonprofits that help residents with basic needs, as well as spiritual needs, since the Hendrickson family has a strong Christian faith. The foundation often supports organizations that offer programs from an entrepreneurial perspective. Past local grantees include the Albany Youth Center, Chicago Lights, Association House of Chicago, and the Lawndale Christian Health Center.

Foundation grants often range between $10,000 and $50,000. Nonprofits may request up to 30 percent of the program’s budget for program support. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking focuses largely on Chicago and other communities in Northern Illinois, which includes Woodstock, Evanston, Libertyville, McHenry, and Lake Forest. However, it has made some past grants in Oregon, Missouri, Idaho, and Colorado. Foundation grants are for one-year periods.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The annual application deadline is July 31, and applicants can expect to hear back with a funding decision by mid-November of the same year. Grantseekers must use the Bank of America online system to apply for a grant. Because of limited resources, nonprofits may only submit an application to one of the following foundations in a calendar year: Alfred Bersted Foundation, Grace Bersted Foundation, Henrietta Lange Burke Fund, Carl R. Hendrickson Family Foundation, and the Colonel R. Stanley McNeil Foundation. Direct general questions to the staff at or 312-828-2055.


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