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.
$14.4 million for Chicago’s Cultural Treasures
Forty organizations that contribute to the history, culture, vibrancy, and identity of communities of color in greater Chicago will be receiving $14.4 million through the new Chicago's Cultural Treasures initiative.
The state of federal funding for gun violence research and data
A new report finds that roughly $600 million over five years needed to close gun violence research gap. Dr. Shani Buggs, Zach Gaumer, and Dr. John Roman shared their perspectives and key issues in gun violence prevention research.
Artists as connectors: building racial solidarities in the Twin Cities
Past Joyce Awards recipients discuss how the arts and artists can inspire healing by invoking racial solidarities and foster collective acts of joy, grief, and resistance.
Foundation promotes Francisco Velasco to controller
Formerly the Foundation’s senior accountant, Francisco Velasco has been promoted to controller.
$120 million a year would close gun violence research gap
According to a new report, closing the gun violence information gap will require the federal government investing significantly more in resources towards conducting research and collecting comprehensive, transparent data.