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Wieboldt Foundation


Last profile update: 02/22/2017
Last grant data update: 11/07/2017

At A Glance

Wieboldt Foundation

53 W. Jackson Blvd., Ste. 1252

Chicago, IL United States 60604-3611

Telephone: (312) 786-9377


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation






Incorporated in 1921 in IL - The foundation was founded in 1921 by William A. and Anna K. Wieboldt with the hope that its grants would support “charities designed to put an end to the need for charity.” The grantmaker is a signatory to Philanthropy’s Promise, an initiative of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). By signing on, the grantmaker has committed to allocating the majority of its grantmaking dollars to marginalized communities and at least 25 percent to social justice strategies, such as advocacy, community organizing, and civic engagement

Purpose and Activities

The foundation's highest priority is the support of multi-issue community organizations that work in low-income neighborhoods, that are accountable to neighborhood residents, and through which people are empowered to have a major voice in shaping decisions that affect their lives. A second priority is given to organizations that support community organizations through training, technical assistance, legal strategies, coalition building, advocacy, and policy development. The foundation's recognition of community organizing or community action as its prime concern is promoted by its conviction that a sense of powerlessness and the apathy and alienation bred of this sense are at the root of many of the ills of our time. It believes that funding those efforts that give people hope that they can exercise a degree of control over their lives and that involve them working together toward jointly defined ends is an important contribution to the resolution of social ills. .