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Barney Family Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-07-28

At A Glance

Barney Family Foundation

(formerly Chester Foundation)

130 S. Canal St., Ste. 9T

Chicago, IL United States 60606-3919

Telephone: (312) 632-0000


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $36,634,855

Total giving: $1,250,000






Established in 1998; supporting organization of Opportunity International, the Focus Fund, the Heritage Foundation, CATO Institute, Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, the American Institute for Cancer Research, Catholic Bishop of Chicago, Hillsdale College, DePauw University, Chicago Community Trust, Children's Scholarship Fund, and Alzheimer's Disease International - The foundation was founded by Stephen and Lynne Barney.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Barney Family Fund

The foundation seeks to support worthy causes in the wider community through the “Barney Family Fund,” a donor advised fund created by the Chicago Community Trust to accept grants from the Barney Family Foundation. Trustees of the Barney Family Foundation serve as advisors to the Barney Family Fund, recommending worthy charitable beneficiaries for Barney Family Fund disbursements. Although the Chicago Community Trust is in no manner obligated to follow the recommendations of its fund advisors, the Barney Family Foundation Trustees strive to provide a thorough profile of each charitable organization they recommend in order to assist the Chicago Community Trust in making well-informed grant decisions.

Fields of Interest

  • Diseases and conditions
  • Education
  • Elementary and secondary education
  • Foundations
  • Higher education
  • Public affairs
  • Public policy
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students
  • Foundations
  • Public charities

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $36,634,855 (market value)

Expenditures: $1,697,794

Total giving: $1,250,000

Qualifying distributions: $1,361,596