OVERVIEW: The Segal Family Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of Crate and Barrel founders Gordon and Carole Segal, and family. The Segals steadily and strongly support Northwestern, their alma mater. Other interests include health and Jewish causes.
FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, Arts & Culture, Health & Human Services, Jewish Causes
IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low profile and does not appear to accept unsolicited proposals. Networking will be key for getting on this funder's radar.
PROFILE: Chicago area couple Gordon and Carole Segal founded Crate and Barrel as a family business in 1962. Today, Crate and Barrel is one of the most successful furniture and housewares retailers in the nation. The Segals have put some of their wealth towards philanthropy, and move their charitable contributions through the Segal Family Foundation, which steadily supports Chicagoland organizations.
The family strongly supports Northwestern University, from where Carole and Gordon graduated. The school is home to the Segal Design Institute and Carole has served in several leadership positions at Northwestern. The Segals, via their family foundation, have also supported Chicago schools like Art Institute of Chicago, DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Music Institute of Chicago. The foundation's grantmaking has also touched places like After School Matters, which works with teens, Chicago Foundation for Education, and Accelerate Institute.
The Segals also support arts and culture in Chicago. Grantees have included Chicago History Museum, Chicago Lyric Opera, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Field Museum, and Lincoln Park Zoo. The Segals also support Jewish causes. Some of this work occurs outside of the Windy City. In Chicago, though, the family has supported places like Congregation Bene Shalom, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, and The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago.
Health and human services are two other interests of this family in Chicagoland. Grantees have included Children's Memorial Medical Center, Lurie Children's Hospital, United Way of North Shore, and University of Chicago which has received particularly large sums of late towards a pancreatic cancer research initiative. The forces here are personal, as Gordon has had friends impacted by the disease.
The family also has supported Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Chicago Community Foundation, and several public media outfits. In a recent year, the foundation gave away around $2.3 million. Most grants of late have been under $50,000.
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The Segal Family Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for getting in touch with the family, but below is an address:
Segal Family Foundation
1474 Techny Rd.
Northbrook, IL 60062