NET WORTH: $2.9 billion
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Inherited, Film Producer, Private Equity
FUNDING AREAS: Violence Prevention, Culture, Arts & Impact, Educational Opportunities
OVERVIEW: Gigi Pritzker and her husband Michael Pucker give through the Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation. The Chicago Children’s Museum has received large sums. Education is a priority, with giving at both the K-12 and collegiate levels.
BACKGROUND: One of the 11 billionaire heirs to the Hyatt Hotels fortune, Jean "Gigi" Pritzker graduated from Stanford University. She co-founded the production company Odd Lot Entertainment in Los Angeles, which has on its roster films like Drive, starring Ryan Gosling. Michael Pucker graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in history in 1983 and a J.D. in 1988. He is chairman and CEO of DNS Capital, which he founded with his wife to represent the business interests of their immediate family.
PRITZKER PUCKER FAMILY FOUNDATION: The Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation (PPFF) supports "high impact programs that seek to transform individuals, families and communities through innovative, collaborative and scalable approaches." PPFF's focus areas are violence prevention, culture, arts and impact, and educational impact.
PPFF's violence prevention focus area supports "coordinated restorative justice and violence reduction policies and practices." Cultural giving homes in on Chicago, but goes nationally and even internationally, as well. PPFF's educational portfolio includes institutions with connections to the family, as well as educational opportunities for diverse populations. Grantees include American World Jewish Service, Chicago Children's Museum, Columbia University, Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, Redmoon Theater, and University of Chicago.
LOOKING FORWARD: With plenty of money on hand, giving from arm of the enormous and wealthy Pritzker family should be watched. Down the line, Los Angeles may emerge as another significant site of philanthropy.