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 foster 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. Take a look at some of the groups we fund.
Federal funds for violence prevention
Akron, Ohio, is among cities planning to use federal stimulus dollars for violence prevention initiatives. Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said he intended to use “significant resources" from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (ARP) to combat gun violence.
Sanford Biggers unveils monolithic sculpture at Rockefeller Plaza
The work is part of a campus-wide exhibition exploring themes around European and African mythologies.
SourceThe Art Newspaper
Grantee2015 Joyce Awards recipient Sanford Biggers
COVID, George Floyd spur $250 million Joyce pledge
The foundation said today that it has committed the money over five years for racial equity and economic mobility.
SourceCrain's Chicago Business
Behind Our New Strategy
The Foundation has launched a new grant-making strategy through 2025 for its programs in Culture, Democracy, Education & Economic Mobility, the Environment, Gun Violence Prevention & Justice Reform, and Journalism.
For 25 years, building the case for keeping us safe
For more than a quarter century, researchers at Johns Hopkins University have built a global reputation for pursuing data and policy to reduce gun violence. The team marked its 25th anniversary this year in 2021.
New Survey Sheds Light on Americans’ 2nd Amendment Views
In 2008, a divided U.S. Supreme Court decided in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep a handgun in the home for self-defense.