Coleman Staff will be working remotely through June 11 as we move into our new office. The best way to contact us during this time is via email. For questions regarding grants, the grants manager and program officers can be reached at Please direct all other inquiries to Erin.


The Coleman Foundation invests in the efforts of community-based organizations and local institutions to preserve and strengthen the physical health and the economic and emotional well-being of people living in the greater Chicago region.


The Foundation will create more compassionate, equitable and inclusive resources and opportunities that improve people’s lives with thoughtful and sustainable solutions.


    We trust and build relationships with grantee partners and community experts to ensure that their knowledge and experiences guide our work.

    We are committed to understanding the experiences and perspectives of the people and communities that we serve.

    We foster a culture of learning, adaptivity, and innovation to be sure we take advantage of opportunities to create positive impacts as they arise.
    We manage the Foundation’s resources in a steady, transparent, and responsible manner.

2024 Grants

Health & Rehabilitation
Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

*Includes Board Discretionary Giving and Other Grants

2023 Grants

Health & Rehabilitation
Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

*Includes Board Directed And Other Grants

Latest News

2024 q1

First Quarter 2024 Grants

Allies for Community Business, $100,000.00, 2024 Entrepreneurship Program
Chicago Urban League, $125,000.00, Small Business Ownership Capital Readiness Access + The WOKE Summit
Far South Community Development Corporation, $100,000.00, Business Assistance Center
Good Food Catalyst, $100,000.00, The Good Food Accelerator
Greater Southwest Development Corporation, $100,000.00, GSDC Entrepreneurial Expansion and Support

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Peter Handler

 Interim CEO Peter brings a wealth of knowledge and a proven track record of success to The Coleman Foundation. He previously served in leadership positions with The Reva and David Logan Foundation, The Richard Driehaus Foundation, and Foundation Source along with consultant work with The Coleman Foundation. Peter is currently managing the Foundation’s Health […]

2023 Q4

Fourth Quarter 2023 Grants

ENTREPRENEURSHIP Organization Amount Description Chicago Community Foundation $250,000 Fund for Equitable Business Growth Chinese Mutual Aid Association $50,000 Chinese Mutual Aid Association Business Development Services Economic Strategies Development Corporation $75,000 Entreprenuership Capacity Building Foundation of Little Village $100,000 Little Village Entrepreneurial Education Northwest Side Community Development Corporation $100,000 Empresas Resilientes Puerto Rican Cultural Center $100,000 […]

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Chicago, IL 60606
Phone (312) 902-7120
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