Minow Family Foundation: Grants for Chicago

OVERVIEW: The Minow Family Foundation’s grantmaking includes support of educational 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, Jewish and religious causes, health

PROFILE:  Founded in 1967, the Minow Family Foundation is steered by attorney Newt Minow and his wife Josephine. The Minows are a family of lawyers, their three daughters are all trained as such.  Minow is the former chair of the FCC. Unfortunately, the foundation is not a transparent foundation which provides publicly available information on its grantmaking interests; however, tax filings suggest that the Minow Family Foundation prioritizes education and arts organizations, among other interests.

The foundation does not maintain dedicated education or arts programs, preferring to fund both more broadly. 

Grants range from $100 to $25,000, but the family has given between $10,000 and $100,000 to the Barack Obama Foundation. In a recent tax year, the foundation gave away around $182,000. Past grantees include the Illinois Holocaust Museum, Jewish Federation of Chicago, Northwestern University (Minow’s alma mater and home to the Newton N. Minow Professorship), Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Chicago History Museum, AbilityLab, and Catholic Theological Union. Review the funder's recent tax records to learn more about past grantees.

Per a recent 990, the foundation accepts applications. A letter form is suggested, but not required. The foundation's phone number is 312-853-7555.


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