Improving the quality of life in the Great Lakes region and across the country.

President’s Letter

What Engages You?

A few core beliefs lie at the heart of our work.
First, everyone has a stake in the outcome.



Welcome to The Joyce Foundation

­The Joyce Foundation invests in solutions to pressing economic and social challenges that affect the quality of our lives, the well-being of our communities and the fairness of our society. Our primary focus is the Great Lakes region but we have national reach and impact.

We promote excellence in the education of our children, economic opportunity for more Americans and increased voter participation and government responsiveness in our democracy. We support policies and programs to protect our communities from gun violence, clean up and restore our natural environment and enrich arts and culture through greater diversity.

We move ideas to action by supporting the development, testing and advancement of policies. We also focus on improving the performance of the systems and institutions that determine if policies work on the ground as intended.

Through insights and data gleaned from research, the work of our grantees and partners and the expertise of our program staff, we have an impact on issues that collectively contribute significantly to quality of life.

Founded in 1948 and based in Chicago, Joyce has assets of $950 million and distributes approximately $45 million annually.


Research Shows Technology Has the Potential to Reshape Adult Education

Landmark national survey of adult educators shows tremendous opportunity for instructional technology to dramatically improve and expand adult basic education...


Aspen Prize Recognizes Communiy College Achievement

Winners’ achievements provide roadmap for student success nationwide


Joyce Foundation Talks Tech in Texas

At SXSWedu, Joyce is working to advance the conversation on how new learning technology can better prepare American workers.​


Making K-12 'Innovation' Live Up to Its Hype

EducationWeek features a piece by program officer Matthew Muench on science-based innovation in education.


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