Christopher and Cynthia Galvin

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Motorola, Harrison Street Capital 

FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, Policy, Health, Environment, Global 

OVERVIEW: Christopher Galvin and his wife Cynthia move their philanthropy through the Christopher B. Galvin Foundation, which gave away a little over $950,000 in a recently reported tax year. The Galvins strongly support their mutual alma mater, Northwestern University, the recipient of a recent $10.25 million gift from the family. Galvin sits on the board of American Enterprise Institute, which he supports. Chicago serves as an important region of giving. 

BACKGROUND: Galvin received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Northwestern University. He joined Motorola Solutions Inc. in 1967 and went on to serve as chairman and CEO. Galvin cofounded Harrison Street Capital and serves as chairman. 


EDUCATION & YOUTH: Galvin and Cynthia strongly support their mutual alma mater Northwestern University. Their son and other members of their extended family also attended Northwestern. In fall 2016, the Galvin family gave Northwestern a $10.25 million gift, mostly as unrestricted support to the Kellogg School of Management. Galvin is a trustee of Northwestern. 

The Galvins, via their foundation, have also supported Collegiate Directions, "a nonprofit organization committed to closing the education gap by assisting low-income students to and through college", Curriki, Illinois Math and Science Academy, and UVA Fund.

POLICY & GLOBAL: Galvin sits on the board of American Enterprise Institute, which the couple has supported. Other grantees have included Chicago Council on Global Affairs (Galvin sits on the board), One Acre Fund, and Refugees International. 

HEALTH: Galvin and Cynthia have supported Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Sibley Hospital Foundations, and The Westerly Hospital Foundation, among others.

ENVIRONMENT: Grantees have included Montana Land Alliance and RARE. 

LOOKING FORWARD: Galvin is in his 80s and still engaged in business. Grantmaking was up in a recent year, however. Expect Northwestern to remain a high priority of this funder. 


The Christopher B. Galvin Family Foundation does not provide a clear avenue of contact but below is an address:

Christopher B. Galvin Family Foundation
33 Indian Hill Rd.
Winnetka, IL 60093