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The Seabury Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-02-29

At A Glance

The Seabury Foundation

1111 N. Wells St., Ste. 503

Chicago, IL United States 60610-7633

Telephone: (312) 587-7146


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $24,139,807

Total giving: $804,134






Trust established in 1947 in IL - The foundation was established in Chicago, Illinois, in 1947 by Charles Ward and Louise Lovett Seabury. Early interests of the foundation included the major cultural and civic institutions in Chicago, educational opportunities for those who could not afford them, conservation of animals and their habitats, ground-breaking medical techniques, health care for the poor, and recreational and character-building opportunities for city children. Sixty years and four generations later, a larger, geographically dispersed family, with a broad range of funding interests, seeks to respond to challenges in our society and to an expanding number of requests from worthy organizations. Fortunately, its founders had the foresight to allow these subsequent generations the latitude to adapt to the times and consider new areas in which to fund as determined by the exigencies of the times. Currently the foundation focuses its giving primarily in education.

Purpose and Activities

Giving primarily for community and social services.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Arts education
  • Basic and remedial instruction
  • Child educational development
  • Community college education
  • Computer literacy
  • Early childhood education
  • Education
  • Elementary and secondary education
  • Employment
  • Environment
  • Environmental studies
  • ESL and second language acquisition
  • Higher education
  • Job counseling
  • Job retraining
  • Job training
  • Middle school education
  • Secondary education
  • Student retention
  • Vocational education
  • Vocational post-secondary education
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Adults
  • Children
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students
  • Young adults

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $24,139,807 (market value)

Expenditures: $1,326,698

Total giving: $804,134

Qualifying distributions: $1,225,442