OVERVIEW: The Blum-Kovler Foundation supports Jewish causes, higher education, health, arts and culture, youth, and civic affairs in Illinois and other areas of interest to the family.
FUNDING AREAS: Jewish causes, higher education, health, arts and culture, youth, civic affairs
IP TAKE: Both Chicago and D.C. are big interests for this family funder, but in both places, the foundation is accessible to local nonprofits. Lacking a website and transparency, the foundation restricts guidance on grantmaking guidelines.
PROFILE: Established in the 1950s, the Blum-Kovler Foundation is a family foundation with deep roots in Chicago, Illinois. The family involved with this foundation descends from Harry Blum and Everett Kovler. Kovler was the president of the Deerfield-based James B. Beam Distilling Company, and Harry Blum was his father-in-law who was in the bourbon business and helped build the company into one of the most recognizable spirit brands. Peter Kovler and Judy Lansing are the current foundation directors. Today, the foundation funds local efforts for Jewish causes, higher education, health, arts and culture, youth, and civic affairs.
The Blum-Kovler Foundation does not have a website to guide grantseekers. However, past tax filings show that the foundation supports a wide variety of medical projects, cultural and civic aid, and grants for general welfare. It often provides general operating support to its grantees.
Grants range between about $1,000 and $100,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking somewhat focuses on the Chicago area of Illinois. Other geographic interests of the funder are Washington, DC, Baltimore, and Denver. Past local grantees include the Francis W. Parker School, Lincoln Park Zoo, and the Obama Library Foundation.
This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. Organizations should submit a one- to two-page written proposal and IRS determination letter for consideration. The submission deadline is November 1 to be considered for the current year. Direct general questions to the staff at 202-466-0581 or 312-664-5050.
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