Foglia Family Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Foglia Family Foundation is steered by Chicago area couple Vince and Pat Foglia, who largely focus their grantmaking on education, healthcare, and youth organizations.

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 and youth, health, human services, arts and culture

PROFILE: Established in 1993, the Foglia Family Foundation is a private family funder in Illinois. 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, through which they steadily fund Chicagoland outfits. Grantmaking areas of interest include and education and youth, health, human services, and arts and culture.

The foundation does not have a website to guide grantseekers. However, 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 University, and 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.

Foundation grants tend to range between $5,000 and $250,000. Review the funder’s recent tax records to learn more about past grantees. In recent years, the foundation has done under $10 million annually in grantmaking. While grantmaking does not appear to be exclusively restricted to the Chicago area, this is where the bulk of foundation giving takes place.

The foundation does not appear to accept unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The foundation’s phone number is 312-346-4101.

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