Edlis-Nesson Foundation: Grants for Chicago

OVERVIEW: The Edlis Nesson Foundation’s grantmaking includes support of arts and cultural organizations.

IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low public profile, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities.

FUNDING AREAS: Arts and culture, reproductive rights

PROFILE: Founded in 2007, the Edlis-Nesson Foundation was established by Apollo Plastics Corporation Founder Stefan Edlis and his wife Gael Nesson. The Edlis Nesson Foundation’s grantmaking includes arts and cultural organizations.

Stefan and Gael are avid art collectors, particularly of Postwar and contemporary art, and have appeared on ArtNews’ Top 200 art collectors list many times. In 2015, the couple donated 42 works of Pop and contemporary art, together worth $500 million, to the Art Institute of Chicago. Their collection includes pieces by Jasper Johns and Ugo Rondinone. The couple split time between Aspen and Chicago, which reflects in their giving.

In a recent fiscal year, grants ranged from $1,000 to $2,635,000 to New Museum in New York. Chicago area grantees have included Chicago Opera Theater, Lyric Opera, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Smart Museum, Renaissance Society, and Planned Parenthood of Illinois. Review the funder''s recent tax records to learn more about past grantees.

The foundation does not appear to accept unsolicited grant applications. The funder's phone number is 312-787-6798.


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