G.A. Ackermann Memorial Fund: Grants for Chicago and NYC

OVERVIEW: The G.A. Ackermann Memorial Fund supports health, human services, and religion-related causes in Chicago and New York City.

FUNDING AREAS: Health, human services, religion-related causes

IP TAKE: There are two opportunities each year to get involved with this funder for nonprofits that have (Christian) religious affiliations.

PROFILE: Established in 1937, the G.A. Ackermann Memorial Fund was established in the will of founder Mary A. Ackermann. She wished to support high-quality healthcare and human service programs that serve underprivileged populations. The fund supports charitable groups that are run or controlled by the Roman Catholic Church, members of the Catholic Church, or the Protestant Church and/or its members. This foundation is managed by Bank of America’s Illinois office. Grantmaking supports health, human services and religion-related causes.

This funder funds health and human service causes that have religious affiliations. However, it prioritizes hospitals in Chicago and New York City. It provides general operating support for groups that have operating budgets of less than $1 million. It also considers multi-year funding requests to support nonprofit capacity building in its geographic areas of interest. Past local support has gone to RefugeeOne for a medical case management program for refugees, as well as to Cabrini Immigrant Services, Lutheran Social Services, and Archcare Home Care.

Foundation grants are often $25,000 to $100,000 each. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking focuses exclusively on organizations located within the city limits of Chicago and New York City. As a general rule, the funder does not support capital projects, research or endowment campaigns.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The annual application deadlines are January 15 and June 1. Applicants can expect to hear back with a funding decision by June 30 and by December 1 for applications submitted by these deadlines. Grantseekers must use the Bank of America online system to apply for a grant. Direct general questions to the staff at ilgrantmaking@ustrust.com or 312-828-8166.

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