Custom Cares Charities

OVERVIEW: This is the funding entity of Chicago’s Perry Mandera and his trucking business, Custom Companies. Top funding interests are children and youth, youth sports, and veterans.

FUNDING AREAS: Underserved children and youth, veterans, education, youth sports, health

IP TAKE:  Mandera is a fascinating character with diverse interests, and a good name to know around Chicago. Basic needs for children are always on CCC’s radar.

PROFILE: Custom Cares Charities (CCC) was created by Chicago businessman and philanthropist Perry Mandera, a pioneer in the transportation industry who established his own transportation company at the age of 23 and founded Custom Companies in Northlake, Illinois. Many of Mandera’s philanthropic pursuits continue to be centered on Chicago, the surrounding suburbs, and elsewhere in Illinois.

Mandera graduated from a Chicago public high school, joined the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, and served as the Republican Ward Committeeman for the 26th Ward in Chicago. Today, his company's annual sales exceed $200 million. Mandera married in 1989 and has two children.

CCC primarily supports underprivileged children and youth. Veterans, prevention and cures for cancer, and youth sports are also interests. Personally, and through CCC, Mandera has supported the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation and the Jesse White Tumblers through board membership and donations. He has provided transportation and donations to deliver thousands of winter coats to needy children in Chicagoland and has supported victims of natural disasters in Illinois, the Gulf Coast, and California.

CCC also supports youth sports teams and has sponsored over 100 of them in the Chicago area and throughout Illinois. Mandera himself has coached youth teams for basketball, football, and baseball. He has also supported and managed boxing competitors that have competed in the Olympics. CCC and Mandera regularly support Hiring Our Heroes and Marines for Life.

Other local groups that have seen CCC’s support include the Illinois State Crime Commission, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, the University of Chicago Medical Center, and Toys for Tots. Prominent national groups, like the ALS Foundation, American Cancer Society, and Arthritis Foundation, also commonly see CCC grants. The months around Thanksgiving and Christmas are especially popular times for CCC grant distributions.

As a 501(c)(3) corporation, CCC accepts donations from the public. At the end of a recent year, CCC reported over $79,000 in total net assets. Grants that year ranged from $500 to $9,000. Perry Mandera serves as the president of CCC, with Robert Heinz as the secretary and Dorland Henderson as the treasurer.

CCC does not provide grantseekers application forms, deadlines, or guidelines, however, you can reach out to them by email at The phone is (708) 338-5272, and the address is 317 West Lake Street, Northlake, Illinois, 60164.


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