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The Field Foundation of Illinois, Inc.


Last Updated: 2016-07-22

At A Glance

The Field Foundation of Illinois, Inc.

200 S. Wacker Dr., Ste. 3860

Chicago, IL United States 60606-5848

Telephone: (312) 831-0910


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-04-30)

Assets: $65,180,145

Total giving: $2,477,454






Incorporated in 1960 in IL - The Field Foundation was established by Marshall Field III in 1940 while he was living in New York City. Grandson of the famous merchant who came to Chicago in the 1800s, Marshall Field III went into the bond business rather than the retail business. Moved by the despair created during the Great Depression, he was inspired to help those struggling with poverty and endorsed a wide range of New Deal policies, activists and progressive thinkers. In the 1940s, Field III also founded the Chicago Sun, which later merged with the Chicago Times to become the Chicago Sun-Times.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation seeks to provide support for community, civic, and cultural organizations in the Chicago, Illinois area, enabling both new and established programs to test innovations, to expand proven strengths or to address specific, time-limited operational needs. The foundation supports giving in the fields of health, community welfare, primary and secondary education, cultural activities, conservation, and urban and community affairs.

Fields of Interest

  • Addiction services
  • Arts and culture
  • Basic and remedial instruction
  • Child welfare
  • Community and economic development
  • Diversity and intergroup relations
  • Early childhood education
  • Economic development
  • Education
  • Elementary education
  • Employment
  • Environment
  • Food aid
  • Health
  • Homeless services
  • Human services
  • Mental health care
  • Museums
  • Public affairs
  • Public policy
  • Secondary education
  • Senior services
Population Groups
  • Adolescents
  • Children and youth
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Female children and youth
  • Females
  • Homeless people
  • Immigrants and migrants
  • Incarcerated people
  • LGBTQ people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • People with disabilities
  • People with HIV/AIDS
  • Seniors
  • Victims of crime and abuse

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-04-30

Assets: $65,180,145 (market value)

Expenditures: $4,181,326

Total giving: $2,477,454

Qualifying distributions: $3,529,109