Hamill Family Foundation: Grants for Animals and Wildlife

OVERVIEW: The Hamill Family Foundation invests in animal and wildlife organizations in the Chicago region, as well as organizations across the United States. 

IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low public profile and does not appear to accept unsolicited proposals. Networking is key for getting on this Chicago family's radar. 

PROFILE: The Hamill Family Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of Segall Bryant & Hamill co-founder Jonathan C. Hamill and his sisters, Elizabeth and Nancy. The late Corwith "Corky" Hamill was once president of the Chicago Zoological Society, and Joan Smith Hamill was an accomplished equestrian involved with the U.S. Equestrian Team. Hamill, Elizabeth, and Nancy have continued in their parents' footsteps. Hamill serves on the board of Openlands and is a trustee emeritus of the Illinois chapter of the Nature Conservancy. Elizabeth is a founding board member at Barrington Area Conservation Trust, a land conservation and preservation organization in Barrington, Illinois. Nancy, meanwhile, helped start the Equine Land Conservation Resource, which works with landowners to protect rural lands for horseback riding. 

Most grants are under $25,000. The foundation has strongly supported Chicago Zoological Society, home to the Hamill Family Wild Encounters. Past grantees also include the United States Equestrian Team Foundation, the International Crane Foundation, Naples Botanical Garden, Morton Arboretum, International Snow Leopard Trust, Equine Land Conservation Resource, Center for Plant Conservation, and African Wildlife Foundation, among others.

Apart from animals and the environment, the foundation's grantmaking also involves supporting education and human services. Since the Hamill Family Foundation keeps such a low profile, an exact description of what the family seeks in its animal and wildlife grantees is hard to come by. 


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The Hamill Family Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for getting in touch with the family but below is contact information:

Hamill Family Foundation

200 W. Madison St., Ste. 3400
Chicago, IL 60606