Armin and Esther Hirsch Foundation: Grants for Higher Education

OVERVIEW: The Armin and Esther Hirsch Foundation supports colleges and universities across the country.

IP TAKE: This small funder awards modest-sized grants for general operating support.

PROFILE: The Armin and Esther Hirsch was established in Illinois in 1991. This is a low profile funder that does not operate a website or employ a formal staff; however, its tax filings indicate its interest in supporting higher education institutions. The foundation primarily invests in human services and education organizations.

While the Hirsch Foundation awards grants ranging from $500 to $80,000, most grant amounts are typically modest in size, often ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Higher education institutions that have received support from the foundation in the past include Grand Valley State University, Joliet Junior College, and Northern Illinois University.

The Armin and Esther Hirsch Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


  • Richard Hirsch, Director
  • Paul Hirsch, Director
  • David Hirsch, Director
  • Robert Hirsch, Director


Armin and Esther Hirsch Foundation

4400 S. Kildare

Chicago, Illinois 60632

(773) 376-4400