Henrietta Lange Burk Fund: Grants for Chicago

OVERVIEW: The Henrietta Lange Burk Fund supports arts, culture, humanities, education, health, and human services in the Chicago metropolitan area.

FUNDING AREAS: Arts, culture, humanities, education, health, human services

IP TAKE: This funder supports small local and grassroots in need of general operating support.

PROFILE: Established in 1994, the Henrietta Lange Burk Fund is a private foundation in Illinois. The fund memorializes her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry G. Lange, as well as her husband, William Burk. During her lifetime, the founder was passionate about the performing arts, culture, age-related health issues, research, and human services causes. Managed by Bank of America’s Illinois office, grantmaking includes arts, culture, humanities, education, health, and human services.

This funder prioritizes nonprofit causes in the above areas for underserved populations. It also gives special consideration to groups that address the health-related concerns of the elderly through programs, research, or both. The founder had a strong Protestant background, and therefore, the foundation often supports groups with Protestant affiliations. This funder usually only considers requests for general operating support if a group’s operating budget is under $1 million. It does not typically fund capital projects or endowment campaigns. Past local support has gone to the Chicago Operations Theater, Chicago Urban League, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, and the Lutheran High School Association.

Foundation grants often range between $20,000 and $100,000 each. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its Foundation Center grant history. Grantmaking is focused on the Chicago metropolitan area. In addition to the city of Chicago, the funder makes grants in Addison, LaGrange, Cicero, and other suburbs.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The annual application deadlines are June 1 and November 1. Following those deadlines, applicants can expect to hear back with a funding decision by September 30 and March 31, respectively. Grantseekers must use the Bank of America online system to apply for a grant. Because of limited resources, nonprofits may only submit an application to one of the following foundations in a calendar year: Alfred Bersted Foundation, Grace Bersted Foundation, Henrietta Lange Burke Fund, Carl R. Hendrickson Family Foundation, and the Colonel R. Stanley McNeil Foundation. Direct general questions to the staff at ilgrantmaking@ustrust.com or 312-828-2055.


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