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The Siragusa Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-06-06

At A Glance

The Siragusa Foundation

1 E. Wacker Dr., Ste 2910

Chicago, IL United States 60601-1474

Telephone: (312) 755-0064


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $24,837,218

Total giving: $1,124,558






Trust established in 1950 in IL; incorporated in 1980 - The foundation, established in 1950 by Ross D. Siragusa, is a private family foundation that is committed to honoring its founder by sustaining and developing Chicago's extraordinary nonprofit resources. The foundation is governed today by Mr. Siragusa's descendents and non-family board members.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation strives to improve the quality of life for people living in the metropolitan Chicago, IL, area, by funding projects and programs that help care for those in need, as well as nurture the environments in which they live, work and play. Building on the foundation's founder Ross D. Siragusa's compassion and generosity, the foundation believes in working with organizations, communities and other philanthropic entities to connect people with people, engage people in issues and bridge people to services, all with the purpose of fulfilling their basic needs, enhancing their lives, and fostering a sense of community. The foundation supports charitable organizations that reflect the founder's special interests in arts and culture, education, the environment, health services and medical research, and human services.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Arts and Culture

The program is committed to broadening audience involvement and access to Chicago's cultural institutions in an effort to foster a life-long engagement with the arts. More specifically, the foundation supports youth community outreach initiatives and curriculum enrichment programs.


The program primarily provides low-income, middle-income and minority students with scholarships for secondary and undergraduate education.


The program funds organizations that are educating communities, especially youth, about protecting and saving the environment in Illinois. Programs supported include those that engage the public in active participation and provide education about resources, rather than environmental lobbying or research-only projects.

Health Services

The program supports health service and medical care organizations, which provide direct social and clinical care. Funds are primarily for fellowships and clinical treatment services.

Human Services

The program funds a large number of programs and organizations that address a wide range of current and pressing social needs. The foundation is primarily interested in sustaining programs that, in the words of its founder, "help people help themselves." The Human Services Program targets underserved populations in the following areas: poverty, hunger, and homelessness, programs for children and youth, women and girls, the disabled, the elderly, and employment assistance and life skills programs.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Child development
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Higher education
  • Homeless services
  • Hospital care
  • Human services
  • Humanities
  • Medical specialties
  • Senior services
  • Youth services
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • American Indians
  • Children
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Female children and youth
  • Females
  • Homeless people
  • Immigrants and migrants
  • Incarcerated people
  • Infants and toddlers
  • Low-income and poor people
  • People of African descent
  • People of Latin American descent
  • People with disabilities
  • People with HIV/AIDS
  • People with physical disabilities
  • People with psychosocial disabilities
  • People with vision impairments
  • Seniors
  • Students
  • Veterans
  • Young adults

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $24,837,218 (market value)

Gifts received: $1,000

Expenditures: $2,100,696

Total giving: $1,124,558

Qualifying distributions: $1,635,816