The Coleman Foundation awarded ninety-three grants for a total of $1.59 million in January, February, and March 2021.

EDITION THREE: 2020 GRANTMAKING This was a year of doing our part to help grantees and members of our community get through the pandemic. The Foundation awarded $11.8 million in grants, including over $8 million as a response to COVID-19. Reflections On 2020 Letter from the CEO: Shelley Davis It’s hard to imagine a more …

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A recent report from DePaul University’s Coleman Entrepreneurship Center connects the Coleman Foundation’s past and future efforts and sets the course for new directions. After making a critical contribution to establishing the field of entrepreneurship in higher education across the nation for forty years, the Foundation began to shift our focus closer to our Chicago …

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What makes for effective grantmaking in entrepreneurship, supportive cancer care, and disability services? Coleman Foundation shares key insights and lessons learned.

This week Shelley Davis will take the helm of The Coleman Foundation. The Coleman Foundation invests about $8 million each year in programs that advance personal empowerment and well-being for residents of the Chicago Metro area. Shelley will succeed Michael Hennessy who began working with the Foundation in 1987 when he was an officer of …

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Davis is a lifelong Chicagoan with over 25 years of experience in the non-profit and philanthropic sectors. Shelley is committed to social justice, equity, and serving as a bridge between community and resources. Davis’ appointment will be effective November 16, 2020.

In order to provide expeditious financial support to a core group of long-time grantees who serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, The Coleman Foundation announced 22 awards totaling $930,000.

In an effort to support its grantees during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Coleman Foundation has invited 80 organizations to participate in its COVID-19 Matching Grant Program. Through the Program, organizations, which span the Foundation’s program areas, may earn a grant award of up to $25,000 as a match to donations from private individuals received between April 15 and June 1, 2020. To ensure that grantees employ campaign strategies that work best for activating their own donors, the Foundation is not setting additional parameters that limit how grantees use this match opportunity.

The Coleman Foundation is committed to supporting our grantees and Chicago area residents during the pandemic. We are grateful for the Foundation’s resources and humbled by the responsibility to steward them to areas of greatest need. We continue to engage with our grantee communities, listen to emerging needs in the sectors that we fund, and provide assistance where we can. So far, we are funding three COVID-19 relief initiatives.

March 9, 2020 Michael Hennessy, CEO of the Coleman Foundation in Chicago since 1995, has announced that he will retire at the end of 2020.  Hennessy began his association with the Foundation in 1987 when it was a part of the Fannie May Candy Company and he was a member of the company’s management team. …


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