Steans Family Foundation

The Steans Family Foundation (SFF) dedicates time, resources, and skills within the North Lawndale community, located on Chicago’s west side, and the North Chicago community, a city just south of Waukegan, 40 miles north of downtown Chicago. SFF believes effective revitalization can occur within the existing social, educational, and economic networks that create and sustain communities. SFF believes that with investment, coupled with a strong policy ecosystem, communities can thrive.

Programs

The Steans Family Foundation works in partnership with residents, community stakeholders and like-minded institutions to build and enhance programs that advance early childhood development, K-12 education, college completion, workforce development, job creation, and increased economic opportunity, as well as special projects. In addition, SFF supports policy efforts that bolster work on the ground, specifically focused education, employment, justice, and community development.

North Lawndale- The Steans Family Foundation

North Lawndale

North Chicago - Steans Family Foundation

North Chicago

Policy & Ecosystem - The Steans Family Foundation

Policy & Ecosystem

Partners

The Steans Family Foundation partners with these organizations and others. 

The UtmostU Network - A Steans Family Foundation Partner
The UtmostU Network - A Steans Family Foundation Partner
The UtmostU Network - A Steans Family Foundation Partner
Cristo Rey St Martins Prep - Waukegan, IL
Cristo Rey St Martins Prep - Waukegan, IL
The UtmostU Network - A Steans Family Foundation Partner
LEARN Charter School Network - Chicago, IL
North Chicago School District - A Steans Family Foundation Partner
The Northwestern Neighborhood & Network Initiative (N3) is served by The Steans Family Foundation.

Impact

Years of Grantmaking

Total Grants Awarded

Grantee Organizations

Million to 102 Orgs in 2021

FAQs

What is place-based philanthropy?

Place-based philanthropy refers to a foundation’s commitment to a particular geographic region or community. The model can do more than provide support for programs or initiatives within a geographic boundary; it can direct support, coordinate local partners, and leverage other social and financial assets to address complex issues that affect the whole community.

Who are SFF's partners?

The Steans Family Foundation partners with organizations and leaders that are working to improve the lives of residents within the communities we serve. 

What is SFF's mission?

The Steans Family Foundation dedicates time, resources, and skills within the North Lawndale community, located on Chicago’s west side, and the North Chicago community, a city 40 miles north of downtown Chicago. SFF believes effective revitalization can occur within the existing social, educational, and economic networks that create and sustain communities. SFF believes that with investment, coupled with a strong policy ecosystem, communities can thrive.

How can I apply for a grant?

The Steans Family Foundation has an invitation-only application process and does not accept unsolicited letters of inquiry or proposals. SFF actively engages with an extensive range of organizations, community groups and other foundations; monitors ongoing and emerging strategies; and invites proposals from potential grantees based on priorities set by the Foundation’s Trustees. More…