Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation: Grants for Chicago

OVERVIEW: The Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation funds economic and community growth, the future of work, and organizational capacity in the Chicago area.

FOCUS AREAS: Economic and community growth, the future of work, organizational capacity

IP TAKE: Pritzker Traubert has shifted its grantmaking strategy in recent years and is now all about addressing systemic poverty and economic inequity in a few key ways.

PROFILE: The Pritzker-Traubert Family Foundation is the creation of the billionaire Chicago power couple Penny Pritzker and Bryan Traubert. Penny Pritzker was the U.S. Commerce Secretary during the Obama Administration. Her husband, Bryan, is a board-certified ophthalmologist and a nationally renowned medical expert. The larger Pritzker family is one of the wealthiest families in the country and are among the leading philanthropists in Chicago. Grantmaking areas of interest are economic and community growth, the future of work, and organizational capacity.

The foundation previously focused its efforts on education, health and fitness, and arts and culture. Now the funder is focused on equity and has three investment priorities. It makes grants to benefit the economic future of Chicago communities and counter poverty, unemployment, and low economic growth. It funds grants to prepare Chicagoans for the future of work and technological advancements in the working world. The funder also provides organizational capacity grants to propel social impact in Chicago.

Past foundation grants have ranged anywhere from $250 to $5.8 million. Learn about current foundation partnerships on the funder’s website. Chicago is the focus of this foundation’s grantmaking. It works with legacy grantees as well as new grantees in the current areas of focus.

The foundation does not typically accept unsolicited full proposals for new grants, but it does welcome brief synopses of one page or less from nonprofits. Submit information about the problem to solve, the approach, and the proposed impact. The email address to get in touch with the foundation is


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