OVERVIEW: The Foglia Family Foundation is steered by Chicago area couple Vince and Pat Folgia. The couple’s Chicagoland grantmaking through their foundation focuses on education, healthcare, youth organizations, and more.
IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low profile and does not accept unsolicited proposals. Networking will be key in getting on this couple’s radar.
FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, Health, Human Services, Arts & Culture
PROFILE: In 1971, Chicago native Vincent Foglia founded Sage Products (now part of Stryker), a worldwide leader in disposable healthcare products. Vincent and his wife Patricia founded the Foglia Family Foundation the early 1990s, through which they steadily fund Chicagoland outfits.
The foundation keeps a low profile and has a minimal web presence, but grantmaking reveals interests in Chicago area schools, youth organizations, health, human services, and the arts.
The Foglias, via their foundation, have supported Chicagoland schools like UChicago, University of Illinois, Christ The King Jesuit College Preparatory, and Altus Academy. The couple has also steadily supported Northwestern, to which they’ve given at least $5 million. Harper College in Palatine, Illinois is home to the Foglia Center for Nursing and Allied Health.
The couple also funds health and human services outfits like Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital, Northern Illinois Food Bank, and Marillac St. Vincent Family Service, the site of the Pat Foglia Family and Youth Center at Marillac Social Center. The Foglias have also been heavily involved with YMCA of Metro Chicago, which bears their name.
In the arts, the Foglia couple have supported Chicago area outfits like Cary Grove Fine Arts Foundation and Raue Center For The Arts.
In recent years, the foundation has done under $10 million annually in grantmaking. Again, because the foundation keeps such a low profile, getting a handle on exactly what the couple is looking for in the Chicago grantees is hard to ascertain.
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The Foglia Family Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for getting in touch with the couple but below is an address
Foglia Family Foundation
190 S. LaSalle St., Ste. 1700
Chicago, IL 60603