Sidley Austin Foundation: Grants for Higher Education

OVERVIEW: The Sidley Austin Foundation supports higher education institutions across the United States.

IP TAKE: This funder typically supports large universities rather than smaller schools and community colleges.

PROFILE: Established in 2005, the Sidley Austin Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the multinational law firm Sidley Austin. Overall, the foundation is “[d]edicated to building stronger communities through local partnerships that make a difference in the lives of people around the world.” Sidley Austin does not have specific grantmaking programs, however; it focuses its grantmaking on empowering women and families, honoring veterans and helping disadvantaged youth.

Although supporting higher education institutions and organizations is not a specific area of interest for the foundation, tax filings indicate a strong funding interest in this space. The foundation does not name specific higher education strategies, so it is unclear what it values in this area.

Sidley Austin offers grants as high as $$150,000, however; the majority of grant awards fall in the $1,000 to $25,000 range. Higher education institutions and organizations receiving past support from Sidley Austin include the University of California, Berkeley Foundation and the University of Chicago.

The foundation typically awards unrestricted grants to support general operating costs rather than project specific grants. The Sidley Austin Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


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Sidley Austin Foundation

c/o Timothy F. Bergen

1 South Dearborn

Chicago, Illinois 60603