Armin and Esther Hirsch Foundation: Grants for Higher Education

OVERVIEW: The Armin and Esther Hirsch Foundation broadly supports colleges and universities across the United States through modest grants for general operating support.

IP TAKE: This small funder does not have an online presence, which restricts information available about its grantmaking strategies and guidelines.

PROFILE: The Armin and Esther Hirsch Foundation was established in Illinois in 1991. This is a low profile funder that does not operate a website or employ a formal staff, although its tax filings indicate an interest in higher education institutions. The foundation broadly invests in human services and education organizations, but does not name specific grantmaking strategies in those areas.

While the Hirsch Foundation’s grants range 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.


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Armin and Esther Hirsch Foundation

4400 S. Kildare

Chicago, Illinois 60632

(773) 376-4400