the mission

The Steans Family Foundation concentrates its grant making and programs in North Lawndale, a community on Chicago’s west side, North Chicago, a city 40 miles north of Chicago, and on aligned policy and ecosystem initiatives. By dedicating time, resources, and skills, the foundation works in partnership with local residents and institutions to build and enhance both communities. The foundation’s work supports the idea that effective revitalization can occur within the embedded social and economic networks that create and sustain communities. In addition, the Steans Family Foundation supports policy efforts that bolster the work on the ground, specifically focused on Early Childhood and Education, Employment, Justice, and Community Development.

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