2018 Grants

Grantmaking Overview

2018 Grants by Priority 1
Total Grants 151 | Total Amount $4,595,650

Chicago Horticultural Society – Chicago Botanic Garden ▲

2018 Endorsement Grants

Endorsement grants are made to a limited number of leading institutions selected by the Foundation’s Directors. These grants often involve ongoing core support of the institution rather than specific programmatic support pursuant to the Foundation’s grantmaking priorities. The Foundation does not accept inquiries or applications relating to the Endorsement grant category, as decisions to include grants in this category are solely within the discretion of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Adler Planetarium
Chicago, IL
Cosmology and Astrophysics Research
$80,000

America’s Foundation for Chess
Bellevue, WA
General Support and First Move in Chicago Public Schools
$40,000
Online Platform Development
$50,000

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Medical Research – Junior Investigator Award
$70,000

Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL
General Support
$80,000

Chicago Architecture Center
Chicago, IL
General Support
$50,000
Program Expansion for the Chicago Architecture Center
$50,000

Chicago Botanic Garden
Chicago Horticultural Society
Glencoe, IL
Learning and Engagement Programs
$50,000

Chicago History Museum
Chicago Historical Society
Chicago, IL
General Support
$60,000

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association
Chicago, IL
General Support
$60,000

Eisenhower Medical Center
Rancho Mirage, CA
Nursing Education and General Support
$50,000

The Field Museum
Chicago, IL
General Support
$80,000

The Joffrey Ballet
Chicago, IL
General Support
$40,000

La Rabida Children’s Hospital
Chicago, IL
General Support
$80,000

Lincoln Park Zoological Society
Chicago, IL
General Support
$60,000

Lyric Opera of Chicago
Chicago, IL
NEXT – Discount Student Tickets for the Next Generation
$60,000

The Morton Arboretum
Lisle, IL
General Support
$40,000

Museum of Science and Industry
Chicago, IL
General Support and Community Initiatives
$80,000

Northwestern Memorial Foundation
Chicago, IL
Nursing Education and NICU Lactation Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
$70,000

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Chicago Academy of Sciences
Chicago, IL
General Support
$40,000

Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, IL
Medical Research – Junior Investigator Award
$70,000

Shedd Aquarium
Chicago, IL
General Support
$80,000

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Brinson Stroke Fellowship
$75,000

Special Olympics Illinois
Normal, IL
General Support
$50,000

The University of Chicago Medicine
Chicago, IL
Medical Research – Junior Investigator Award
$100,000

WTTW
Window to the World Communications, Inc.
Chicago,IL
Local Broadcast of NOVA and General Support
$70,000

MetroSquash ▲

2018 Programmatic Grants | Education

We believe education provides people with the opportunity to expand their talents and capabilities. Through our grantmaking, we hope to inspire them to reach their full potential both as individuals and as contributing citizens of a greater community. We are especially interested in programs that make quality education accessible to those who are personally committed.

See Who We Are – Our Priorities – Education for more information regarding our interests in this area.

A Better Chicago
Chicago, IL
General Support
$25,000

Accion
Cambridge, MA
Microfinance Initiatives in Africa and Exploratory Work in Cuba
$40,000

Acumen
New York, NY
Acumen Angels Online Platform
$50,000

Advance Illinois
Chicago, IL
General Support
$25,000

After School Matters
Chicago, IL
STEM Out-of-School Time Programming
$25,000

Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science
Stony Brook Foundation
Stony Brook, NY
General Support
$35,000

The Ayn Rand Institute
Irvine, CA
Free Books to Teachers Program – Chicago Area
$35,000

Bottom Line 
Chicago, IL
General Support – Chicago
$35,000

Cara
Chicago, IL
General Support
$30,000

Carole Robertson Center for Learning
Chicago, IL
General Support
$25,000

Cato Institute
Washington, DC
Student Briefing Program and Student Seminar
$25,000

CERGE – EI Foundation
Teaneck, NJ
Brinson Fellows Ph.D. Scholarship Program
$30,000

Chicago Community Foundation
Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance
Chicago, IL
Progressive Postsecondary Pathways Support Fund
$25,000

Chicago Literacy Alliance
Chicago, IL
General Support
$25,000

Chicago Public Education Fund
Chicago, IL
Fund 5 Support to Promote Principal Quality in Chicago Public Schools
$100,000

Chicago Public Library Foundation
Chicago, IL
Early Literacy Training for Children’s Library Staff
$25,000

Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center
1871
Chicago, IL
General Support
$30,000

Communities In Schools of Chicago
Chicago, IL
General Support for Student Health Programs
$40,000

Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago
Chicago, IL
Lawyers in the Classroom Program – U.S. Constitution and Legal System Education for Grades 2-8
$25,000

Council for the Advancement of Science Writing
Hedgesville, WV
Graduate School Science Writing Fellowships and General Support
$25,000

Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund
Chicago, IL
General Support
$50,000

DuPage Children’s Museum
Naperville, IL
General Support
$35,000

Erie Family Health Foundation
Chicago, IL
General Support for the Teen Center
$40,000

Healthy Schools Campaign
Chicago, IL
General Support – Chicago
$40,000

High Jump
Chicago, IL
General Support
$45,000

The Horatio Alger Association
Alexandria, VA
Illinois College Scholarship Program
$50,000

i.c.stars
Inner-City Computer Stars Foundation
Chicago, IL
General Support
$30,000

Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL
Illinois Tech Global Leaders Program
$25,000

Illinois Network of Charter Schools
Chicago, IL
General Support
$25,000

Institute for Humane Studies
Arlington, VA
Student Programming
$35,000

Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History
Bala Cynwyd, PA
High School Teacher Professional Development in Civics
$35,000

Lake Forest Academy
Lake Forest, IL
Class of ‘93 Scholarship Fund for High School Students
$25,000

Literacy Works
Chicago, IL
General Support
$25,000

Loyola University Medical Center
Maywood, IL
Pediatric Mobile Health Unit
$25,000

Math Circles of Chicago
Chicago, IL
General Support
$25,000

Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Arlington, VA
F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics and Economics
$25,000

MetroSquash
Chicago, IL
General Support
$40,000

Mikva Challenge Grant Foundation
Chicago, IL
Teen Health Council
$25,000

Miller Center Foundation
Charlottesville, VA
Education and Healthy Democracy Panels
$25,000

Moneythink
Chicago, IL
General Support
$25,000

One Million Degrees
Chicago, IL
General Support
$35,000

OneGoal
Chicago, IL
General Support – Chicago
$35,000

Ounce of Prevention Fund
Chicago, IL
General Support for Educare
$30,000

The Partnership for College Completion
Chicago, IL
General Support
$25,000

The Posse Foundation
Chicago, IL
General Support – Chicago
$50,000

Project SYNCERE
Chicago, IL
General Support
$25,000

Room to Read
San Francisco, CA
General Support for International Literacy Programs
$25,000

Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, IL
Adolescent Family Center Reproductive Health Program
$40,000

St. John’s Hospital Foundation
Jackson, WY
Nursing Education Program
$50,000

Teach For America 
Chicago, IL
General Support – Chicago and Northwest Indiana
$35,000

Teton Science Schools
Jackson, WY
General Support
$35,000

The University of Chicago
Consortium on School Research
Chicago, IL
General Support
$25,000

The University of Chicago
Urban Education Institute
Chicago, IL
Literacy Teaching and Coaching
$25,000

Namaste Funding Initiative

Namaste is a K-8 charter school located in the McKinley Park neighborhood on the southwest side of Chicago.

Namaste Charter School
Chicago, IL
Alumni Support, Behavioral Health, Technology and General Support
$75,000

Mikva Challenge Grant Foundation
Chicago, IL
Enhancing Instructional Practices to Develop Youth Citizenship Skills
$15,000

Spark Chicago
Chicago, IL
Workplace Apprenticeship and Mentoring Program
$10,000

The University of Chicago Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy ▲

2018 Programmatic Grants | Scientific Research

We are interested in programs on the cutting edge of research in specific areas of interest to our Directors that are underfunded or not yet eligible for funding by governmental programs. These programs are typically sponsored by top research institutions, which provide quality assurance oversight and accountability that may not be possible in a less structured environment. Further, the programs often involve pre-doctoral and post-doctoral scientists who are beginning their research careers. We are particularly interested in programs that encourage early-career scientists to remain engaged in research in their field.

See Who We Are – Our Priorities – Scientific Research for more information regarding our interests in this area.

The Foundation does not accept grantseeker inquiries in medical research.

California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA
Theoretical Gravitational Wave Research
$80,000

Carnegie Institution for Science
Washington, DC
Seismology Monitoring Research
$60,000

Columbia University
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Palisades, NY
Anticipating Earthquakes Initiative
$65,000

Cornell University
Carl Sagan Institute
Ithaca, NY
Search for Life in the Universe Research
$50,000

Cornell University
Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science
Ithaca, NY
Galaxy Filament Dark Matter Research
$50,000

Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Corporation
Tucson, AZ
Data Science Fellowship Program
$100,000

Northwestern Memorial Foundation
Chicago, IL
Medical Research – Junior Investigator Award at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
$65,000

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Cambridge, MA
Exoplanet Biosignature Programming Project
$40,000

The University of Arizona Foundation
Tucson, AZ
Spacewatch – Asteroid Composition Research
$35,000

The University of Chicago
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Chicago, IL
Brinson Fellowship Program
$85,000

The University of Chicago
Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy
Chicago, IL
Evolutionary Developmental Biology Research
$50,000

The University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Yellowstone Seismology and Tectonophysics Research
$65,000

National Museum of Wildlife Art ▲

2018 Board Special Interest Grants

These grants represent special family interests and are either one time grants or fall outside of the Foundation’s grantmaking priorities. The Foundation does not accept inquiries in this category.

826CHI
Chicago, IL
General Support
$15,000

Ingenuity, Inc.
Chicago, IL
General Support
$15,000

Jackson Hole Land Trust
Jackson, WY
General Support
$35,000

The Living Desert
Palm Desert, CA
General Support
$20,000

Merit School of Music
Chicago, IL
General Support
$30,000

National Museum of Wildlife Art
Jackson, WY
General Support
$20,000

Teton County Integrated Solid Waste & Recycling
Jackson Community Recycling
Jackson, WY
Recycling, Waste Collection, Waste Diversion and Education Outreach
$30,000

WE Charity
Chicago, IL
WE Schools – Illinois
$25,000

Teton Science Schools ▲

2018 Other Grants

American Association for the Advancement of Science
Washington, DC
General Support
$1,000

California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA
Honorarium – in support of student research conducted jointly by Fermilab and Caltech
$2,500

Erikson Institute
Chicago, IL
Honorarium
$2,500

Forefront
Chicago, IL
General Support
$30,000

Grantmakers for Education
Portland, OR
General Support
$1,000

GuideStar
Washington, DC
General Support
$500

National Center for Family Philanthropy
Washington, DC
General Support
$5,000

The University of Chicago
The MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
Chicago, IL
Honorarium
$2,500


Professional Development and Technical Assistance Grants

The Foundation provided Professional Development and Technical Assistance grants, funded an evaluation capacity building initiative and supported a peer skill sharing micro-grants program (through Forefront) which benefitted 41 existing grantees.
$120,650