Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation: Grants for Public Health

OVERVIEW: The Pritzker Traubert Foundation focuses on the well-being of Chicago’s children and the enrichment of their lives. PTFF is well known for its fitness-related childhood obesity initiatives.

IP TAKE: If you are a Chicago-based nonprofit specializing in fitness-related childhood obesity initiatives, this is a foundation worth approaching. However, it’s important to note that the focus of PTFF funding is pretty narrow.

PROFILE: The Chicago-based Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation (PTFF) is a Chicago-based foundation founded in 2000 by husband and wife team Bryan Traubert and Penny Pritzker. The foundation promotes the well-being of Chicago’s children and works to enrich their lives. Health and fitness is one of three priority areas (along with education and art/culture), although its main focus is education/improving schools. 

PTFF is best known for its fitness-related childhood obesity initiatives. Its Health and Fitness grantmaking portfolio expands young people's access to physical activity and supports initiatives addressing the childhood obesity epidemic that's particularly rampant among minorities and underserved populations.

Grants typically range from $1,000 to $50,000. However, the foundation does award a decent number of larger grants, usually five to 10, that range from $100,000 to $500,000. Most, though not all, recipients are based in the Chicago area.

PTFF doesn’t accept unsolicited grant applications. Interested grantseekers who believe their work aligns with the foundation’s giving priorities should contact Jody Boutell.

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