At A Glance
651 W Washington Blvd Ste 306
Chicago, IL United States 60661-2134
Telephone: (312) 902-7120
Type of Grantmaker
(yr. ended 2014-12-31)
Total giving: $7,052,614
Trust established in 1951 in IL - The Coleman Foundation, Inc, is a private, independent foundation established in the state of Illinois in 1951. The source of the endowment was the estates of Dorothy W. and J.D. Stetson Coleman
Purpose and Activities
The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:
The foundation has been an advocate for raising the standards of cancer care in the Midwest region.The program’s primary initiatives are cancer care including support services, treatment and research. A specific area of interest is providing support services for individuals diagnosed with cancer, their families and caregivers. The foundation supports translational research, intended to translate knowledge derived from laboratory work into clinical applications. With a desire to increase the body of knowledge and expertise in the region, endowed chairs in oncology have been established at leading institutions. To supplement the work of the endowed chair holders, the foundation occasionally supports educational programs for cancer patients and survivors and workshops for healthcare professionals.
The foundation supports various programs aimed at helping individuals with disabilities achieve self-determination, self-reliance, and self-respect. These programs have historically been focused on individuals with developmental disabilities and have focused on housing, life skills and supportive employment.
The foundation is committed to the principles of self-determination, self-reliance, self-respect, and individual initiative. It believes these characteristics are essential to the development of entrepreneurs and their pursuit of self-employment and has worked to establish entrepreneurship as a career option and field of study for individuals of all ages. The foundation’s work to advance entrepreneurship has included the establishment of Coleman Chairs in Entrepreneurship at colleges and universities across the nation, and the creation of the Council for Entrepreneurship Awareness and Education.
The foundation considers general education grants to exceptional institutions. These grants are mostly within the city of Chicago and focused on the creation of innovative programs that provide education to underserved individuals. The support is targeted at innovative programs that educate young people in underserved communities. Revitalization of communities and building a base for economic growth and development is the objective of such support.
Historically, the foundation has made PRIs, in the form of low-interest rate loans to nonprofit community development organizations.
Fields of Interest
- Adult education
- Business education
- Community and economic development
- Developmental disability services
- Elementary education
- Higher education
- Human services
- Secondary education
- Special population support
- Low-income and poor people
- People with disabilities
- People with intellectual disabilities
- People with psychosocial disabilities
Year ended 2014-12-31
Assets: $169,627,108 (market value)
Total giving: $7,052,614
Qualifying distributions: $8,360,055
Giving activities include:
$7,052,614 for 145 grants (high: $400,000; low: $1,500)