Sidney & Lisa Glenner Foundation: Grants for Chicago

OVERVIEW: The Sidney & Lisa Glenner Foundation’s grantmaking strongly focuses on the Jewish community.

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

FUNDING AREAS: Jewish Causes, people with disabilities

PROFILE:  Founded in 1988, the Sidney & Lisa Glenner Foundation was established by nursing home owner Sidney Glenner and his wife Lisa. The Sidney & Lisa Glenner Foundation’s grantmaking strongly focuses on the Jewish community through generally small grants spread widely to many organizations.

The family are strong backers of Telshe Yeshiva Chicago, where all of Glenner's children, as well as some grandchildren and nephews attended. The family also created the Sidney and Lisa Glenner Keshet GADOL Program, a "community-based day program for adults with special needs" in Skokie, Illinois. The forces here are personal as the Glenners have a family member with special needs The couple are prominent in the Jewish community and have received awards for their civic commitment. Other grantees have included Joan Dachs Bais Yaakov/ Yeshivas Tiferes Tzvi, Jewish Sacred Society of Chicago, Jewish Federation of Chicago, and Hebrew Theological College.

Many of the foundation’s grants are between $100 and $1,000. Review the funder's recent tax records to learn more about past grantees. Grantmaking focuses on Chicago. 

The foundation accept unsolicited grant applications by mail and does not have strict submission guidelines or deadlines. The funder's phone number to get in touch is 847-674-5454.


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