The Albert Pick Jr. Fund

OVERVIEW: The Albert Pick Jr. Fund mostly supports small community neighborhood nonprofits that serve the city of Chicago in the areas of civic and community, culture, education, and health and human services.

FUNDING AREAS: Civic and community, culture, education, health and human services

IP TAKE: The majority of grants have been going to health and human service causes that affect children. This is a funder with a passion for juvenile justice and youth mental health. Ask for a grant in the $15,000 to $25,000 range.

PROFILE: Established in 1947, the Albert Pick Jr. Fund is the foundation of Corinne and Albert Pick, Jr. in Illinois. They established it as a general-purpose foundation, but its mission has broadened over the years. Grantmaking areas of interest are civic and community, culture, education, health, and human services.

Since 2018, the funder has been phasing out the following two programs: civic and community (community stabilization) and culture (capacity building). The foundation provides program/project support and general operating support. All funding is focused on neighborhoods and people who are disadvantaged. Overall, the fund’s civic and community grantmaking goals have been to reduce foreclosures and their negative consequences on neighborhoods and residents. In this category, the Fund also aims to increase the participation of youth and adults in the civic process. Within the realm of culture grantmaking, the Fund awards capacity-building grants to arts organizations to strengthen the Chicago arts sector and boost arts programs in non-arts organizations. The foundation’s education grantmaking is largely focused on STEM studies in pre-K through 12th grade classrooms. It also awards grants for hands-on projects that provide opportunities for discovery and problem-solving, promote self-esteem, and foster eager learners. Albert Pick Jr. Fund health grants are focused on reducing violence that affects youth, with special consideration given to programs that use restorative justice. Mental health is also a big part of this funder’s current health strategy, especially for children and youth.

In general, grants are usually at least $15,000 each. The maximum grant amount is $100,000, and small neighborhood organizations most often catch the fund’s attention. Grantseekers can view a list of past grants in each funding category on the foundation website. Grantmaking is limited to groups that operate within the city of Chicago. Of note, this foundation does not typically fund hospitals, single-disease agencies, individual schools, or any programs that are not within the City of Chicago.

This fund accepts unsolicited grant applications from local nonprofits. Quarterly deadlines typically fall in January, March, June and September. The fund is led by a board of directors and has a professional staff to review and evaluate applications. The board meets four times per year to review grant requests and reviews applications in all program categories at each meeting.

Grantseekers should direct general questions about Albert Pick Jr. Fund grantmaking to Betty Jo Joy at For questions related to health and human services or civic and community grants, contact Iris Krieg at For culture and education grants, contact Lauren Krieg at


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