Investing in the future of the Great Lakes region.
We invest in evidence-informed public policies and strategies to advance racial equity and economic mobility for the next generation in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin.Learn more about us
Inspiring creativity and cultural stewardship in the next generation and fostering culturally vibrant, equitable, and sustainable communities.
Building a more equitable democracy by striving for participation and representation by all people who call the Great Lakes home.
Education & Economic Mobility
Closing income and race disparities in college and career success through equitable access to high-quality education and jobs.
Working to solve the long-term environmental challenges that threaten the next generation in the Great Lakes region.
Gun Violence Prevention & Justice Reform
Building safe and just communities in the Great Lakes Region.
Supporting high-quality journalism projects focused on public policy issues affecting the Great Lakes region.
We support organizations that work to improve the quality of life in the Great Lakes region. Click on each state to see some of the groups we fund.
Wiora named emerging tech leader
Lynne Wiora, the Foundation’s grant manager, has been recognized as an emerging technology leader in philanthropy.
Foundation CIO Named Top Business Leader of Color
Nickol R. Hackett named one of the Chicago United's 50 Business Leaders of Color in 2021.
The current state of the Chicago police consent decree
A discussion on the court ordered consent decree that included an update from independent monitor Maggie Hickey, and a panel discussion with Cara Hendrickson, Ghian Foreman, Robert Boik, and Garien Gatewood (moderator).