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The Brinson Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-06-23

At A Glance

The Brinson Foundation

737 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 1850

Chicago, IL United States 60611-6707

Telephone: (312) 799-4500


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-12-31)

Assets: $97,540,957

Total giving: $4,147,400






Established in 2000 in IL. Grantmaking operations commenced in the spring of 2001. - See Founder's Statement on foundation web site.

Purpose and Activities

Grantmaking priorities are: 1) Education, which falls into seven focus areas: Financial Literacy; Health Care Career Development; High School, College and Career Success; Liberty, Citizenship and Free Enterprise; Literacy; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); and Student Health; and 2) Scientific research, including astrophysics, cosmology, evolutionary development biology, and geophysics, as well as specific areas of medical research selected from time to time by the Board of Directors.

Fields of Interest

  • Diseases and conditions
  • Education
  • Physical and earth sciences
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-12-31

Assets: $97,540,957 (market value)

Gifts received: $200,000

Expenditures: $5,479,749

Total giving: $4,147,400

Qualifying distributions: $4,959,566

Giving activities include:

$4,147,400 for 150 grants (high: $100,000; low: $200)

Estimated financial data for year ending 2014-12-31:

Grants: $4,148,500