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The Joyce Foundation


Last profile update: 04/16/2018
Last grant data update: 04/08/2018

At A Glance

The Joyce Foundation

321 North Clark Street, Ste. 1500

Chicago, IL United States 60654-4714

Telephone: (312) 782-2464


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation






Incorporated in 1948 in IL - Established by Beatrice Joyce Kean of Chicago. The Joyce family wealth came from the lumber industry, including family-owned timberlands, plywood and sawmills, and wholesale and retail building material distribution facilities, which were located in the state of Louisiana and the Midwest. Until the early 1970s, assets of the foundation remained small and grants were given to the particular philanthropic interests of its founder. Upon Mrs. Kean's death in Dec. of 1972, the foundation was bequeathed ninety percent of her estate, an amount in excess of $100 million

Purpose and Activities

The foundation supports the development of policies that both improve the quality of life for people in the Great Lakes region and serve as models for the rest of the country. The foundation focuses on today’s most pressing problems while also informing the public policy decisions critical to creating opportunity and achieving long-term solutions. The work is based on sound research and is focused on where the foundation can add the most value. The foundation encourages innovative and collaborative approaches with a regional focus and the potential for a national reach.