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Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-07-22

At A Glance

Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation

120 S. LaSalle St., Ste. 1740

Chicago, IL United States 60603-3568

Telephone: (312) 782-1234


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-05-31)

Assets: $9,823,193

Total giving: $1,352,104






Established in 1985 in IL - The foundation was established by Elizabeth F. Cheney shortly before her death in 1985. Miss Cheney, a life-long resident of the Chicago, IL, area, was particularly interested in artistic, cultural, and educational organizations, and she supported many such institutions during her lifetime

Purpose and Activities

The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation is a private independent foundation. Its principal focus is to support the arts and cultural organizations. Organizations supported include, but are not limited to, musical performance organizations, theater and dance companies, historical societies and museums. The overall grant making focus of the foundation is on artistic achievement in presentation or performance rather than education enrichment or outreach.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Dance
  • Literature and writing
  • Museums
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Theater
  • Visual arts
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-05-31

Assets: $9,823,193 (market value)

Expenditures: $1,533,325

Total giving: $1,352,104

Qualifying distributions: $1,372,371