David Herro Charitable Foundation: Grants for Chicago

OVERVIEW:  The David Herro Charitable Foundation’s grantmaking includes support of education and arts organizations.

IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low public profile, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities.

FUNDING AREAS: Education and youth, arts and culture, policy

PROFILE: Founded in 1997, the David Herro Charitable Foundation was established by Chicago businessman David Herro, a partner of Harris Associates. The David Herro Charitable Foundation’s grantmaking includes education and arts organizations.

Herro comes from a humble background and attended Catholic school, which he now strongly supports. He and his longtime partner Jay Franke, a dancer, are also arts patrons. Herro helped launch Chicago Dancing Festival, an event that draws dance companies from around the country, in 2007. Jay serves as the festival's artistic director.

In a recent fiscal year, grants ranged from $22,653 to $1,000,000 given to Big Shoulders Fund. Past grantees include Big Shoulders Fund which works in inner city Chicago; LEARN Charter School Network, Holy Trinity High School, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Music and Dance Theater Chicago; and Better Government Association, “a Chicago-based investigative journalism non-profit organization.” Herro has described himself as libertarian and is a steady Republican donor. Review the funder''s recent tax records to learn more about past grantees.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. However, grantseekers may contact the foundation by phone with general questions at  312-587-0408.


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