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The Comer Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-07-17

At A Glance

The Comer Foundation

2 N. LaSalle St.

Chicago, IL United States 60602-3702

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Business
  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $6,331,008

Total giving: $871,735




Established in 1986 in IL - Founded by the late Gary C. Comer, who was a co-founder of the mail-order retailer Lands' End that specializes in casual clothing, luggage and home furnishings.

Purpose and Activities

Giving primarily for environmental protection, medicine, arts and cultural organizations, human services, and education.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Child welfare
  • Diseases and conditions
  • Education
  • Health
  • Hospital care
  • Human services
  • Immune system diseases
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Natural resources
  • Public health
  • Zoos
Population Groups
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • People with diseases and illnesses
  • People with HIV/AIDS
  • Substance abusers

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $6,331,008 (market value)

Expenditures: $1,069,451

Total giving: $871,735

Qualifying distributions: $1,014,049