Code Family Foundation: Chicago Grants

OVERVIEW: The Code Family Foundation's Chicagoland grantmaking focuses strongly on religious organizations. The Codes also support youth and human services organizations, among other efforts. 

FUNDING AREAS: Religious, Youth, Human Services, Health, Education

IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low profile, but appears to accept unsolicited proposals. A recent tax return for the foundation lists contact information. 

PROFILE: The Code Family Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of Chicago area financier Andrew Code, his wife Susan and family. The foundation keeps a low profile and has a minimal web presence. Most of the foundation's grantmaking activity is gleaned from recent tax returns, which do indicate that the foundation accepts unsolicited proposals. Interested organizations should provide a description of their project and the funding they request. 

What immediately stands out about this Chicago funder's grantmaking is its strong support of religious organizations. Andrew Code is among the founders of Chicago Fellowship, one of whose goals is to help "men find relationship with other men for the purposes of accountability and support in pursuing and living Biblical truth." It's clear that Code's faith is important to him. Apart from supporting Chicago Fellowship, the family, via their foundation, supports outfits like Breakthrough Urban Ministries, Soul City Church, and International Teams, a nondenominational Christian, evangelical ministry based in Elgin, Illinois, that builds and sends missionary teams on summer, two-year, and career commitments.

The Codes also support youth organizations in the Chicago area like By the Hand Club for Kids, "helping kids in critical need of intervention have new and abundant life," Grip Outreach for Youth, and Inner City Impact. In terms of human services and health, they've funded places like Bridge Communities, which helps " transition homeless families to self-sufficiency by working with partners to provide mentoring, housing, and supportive services," and Giant Steps, which works with those with autism. 

Code and Susan both graduated from University of Iowa, an important site of philanthropy. In the Chicago area, though, they've supported places like charter network Catalyst Schools and Holy Family School. A component of the family's philanthropy also involves organizations that work on a global level.

In a recent tax year, the Code Family Foundation did around $2.9 million in grantmaking, with most grants under $50,000.  

PEOPLE:

  • Andrew W. Code, President
  • Susan K. Code, Secretary
  • Paige P. Walsh, Vice President 

CONTACT: 

The Code Family Foundation keeps a low profile, but appears to accept proposals. Below is contact information:  

The Code Family Foundation
30 S. Wacker Dr., Ste. 1600
Chicago, IL 60606

Telephone: (312) 876-3945