Davee Foundation: Grants for Illinois

OVERVIEW: The Davee Foundation supports higher education, health, arts and culture in Illinois.

FUNDING AREAS: Higher education, health, arts and culture

IP TAKE: This funder is a big supporter of education in Illinois but not a particularly accessible one for new local grantseekers.

PROFILE: Established in 1964, the Davee Foundation is a family foundation based in Oak Brook, Illinois. This is the foundation of the late Adeline Barry Davee and Ken Davee. Adeline Barry Davee worked for the Navy’s Records Administration and the Library of Congress before founding Davee, Koehnlein and Keating, a marketing research firm.  The foundation funds local efforts for higher education, health, and arts and culture.

The Davee Foundation does not have a website to guide grantseekers. However, the Davee couple strongly supported college education and scholarships for students during their lifetimes. The desire to give students a quality education is what largely steers the foundation still today. In addition to schools, the foundation also supports broader youth efforts. The Davee Foundation most often provides general operating support to its grantees. Nearly all grantmaking takes place in Illinois and the Great Lakes region.

Grants range between about $5,000 and $500,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking focuses on the state of Illinois. Past local grantees include the University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Chicago Public Library, JB Moran Youth, and the Poetry Foundation.

This foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. Instead, it only makes contributions to pre-selected organizations. Direct general questions to the staff at 630-288-2700.


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