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Arie and Ida Crown Memorial


Last profile update: 04/16/2018
Last grant data update: 05/17/2018

At A Glance

Arie and Ida Crown Memorial

(doing business as Crown Family Philanthropies)

222 N. LaSalle St., Ste. 1000

Chicago, IL United States 60601-1109

Telephone: (312) 750-6671


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation






Incorporated in 1947 in IL - The fund is named in honor of the parents of Henry, Irving, Herman, and Edward Crown. Arie and Ida Crown immigrated to the United States from Eastern Europe at the end of the 19th century. The upbringing of the Crown brothers, Henry, Sol, and Irving, gave them a strong foundation on which to build the Material Service Corporation which they founded in 1919. The corporation is engaged in the mining and sale of aggregates (stone, sand, and gravel) for use in the construction of highways and other infrastructure projects and for commercial and residential building construction. In 1947 the Crown brothers allocated a portion of the profits from the corporation to create a foundation that would allow them to give back to the country and community that offered them the opportunity to prosper. Today, the foundation's work is carried on by the descendants of the Crown brothers and focuses its giving in various program areas across the city of Chicago and Cook County, as well as within the Jewish community in Chicago, nationally, and in Israel.

Purpose and Activities

The funder's focus areas of giving include arts and culture, civic affairs, education, environment, health, human services, and Jewish causes.