Rauner Family Foundation: Chicago Grants

OVERVIEW: The Rauner Family Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of Chicago area couple Bruce and Diana Rauner. Bruce Rauner is currently the governor of Illinois, and the family keys in on education reform in Chicago. Another interest is health and human services. 

FUNDING AREAS: Education reform, Youth, Health & Human Services, Policy, Jewish Causes

IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low profile and does not appear to accept unsolicited proposals. 

PROFILE: Born and raised in Illinois, Bruce Rauner amassed wealth as part of private equity firm Golder Thoma Cressey Rauner (GTCR). Bruce is now the governor of Illinois. Bruce and his wife Diana move their philanthropy through the Rauner Family Foundation, a low-profile vehicle which gave away around $2.4 million in a recent fiscal year. Most grants are under $100,000. 

The Rauners have actively supported education reform in Chicagoland. According to one source, Rauner has donated more than $20 million towards improving public education in Chicago. The couple via their foundation have directed funds to places like A Better Chicago, Chicago International Charter School, Chicago Public Education Fund, Noble Network of Charter Schools, City Year Chicago, Educational Choice Illinois, and Learn Charter School. 

Another important grantee here is Ounce of Prevention Fund, an educational nonprofit for at-risk young children, where Diana serves as president. Diana, by the way, holds a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Chicago.

The family also supports health and human services in Chicago. The Rauners have given several million to American Red Cross, and the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago is home to the Rauner Center. The family also supports YMCA, the site of the Rauner Family YMCA of Greater Chicago. Other grantees have included Rush University Medical Center, Shriners Hospital for Children - Chicago, and South Side Community Economic Development Center.

Unsurprisingly, given Bruce's turn to politics, the couple also supports policy organizations in Chicago through their foundation. Grantees have included Heartland Institute, a libertarian think-tank, and the Illinois Policy Institute, which "supports limited government and free-market principles."

Diana was born into a Jewish family and a component of the couple's philanthropy involves Chicagoland Jewish organizations like Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago, and Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois. The couple also funds environmental organizations, but a lot of this giving takes place in the west and nationally.


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The Rauner Family Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for getting in touch with the couple but below is an address

Rauner Family Foundation

720 Rosewood Ave.

Winnetka, IL 60093