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Irving Harris Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-08-29

At A Glance

Irving Harris Foundation

(formerly The Harris Foundation)

191 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 1500

Chicago, IL United States 60606-1899

Telephone: (312) 621-3814


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $272,971,624

Total giving: $13,621,991





Additional Contact Information

For J. Matayoshi, e-mail:


Incorporated in 1945 in MN

Purpose and Activities

The Irving Harris Foundation enhances the quality of life for children, families and communities by advancing human potential, social justice and equity, and creative experience and expression. Its funding commitments span several areas with our primary focus on improving the conditions affecting infants, young children and their families. It also makes strategic investments in the arts and in key areas of social justice. .

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Child development
  • Child educational development
  • Community and economic development
  • Diversity and intergroup relations
  • Early childhood education
  • Human services
  • Nonprofits
International Interests
  • Israel
Population Groups
  • Children
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Females
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Single parents
  • Judaic institutions
  • Public charities

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $272,971,624 (market value)

Expenditures: $22,150,202

Total giving: $13,621,991

Qualifying distributions: $15,148,325