State, National, and International Foundations

This is a list of some foundations at varying levels that offer funding for social justice related research and organizations.



Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations maintains a list of regional foundations across the state.

Chicago Community Trust builds community partnerships, promotes social and economic justice, and publishes commissioned research on community issues and effective philanthropy.

Crossroads Fund supports organizations working for racial, social and economic justice in the Chicago area.

Evanston Community Foundation supports community initiatives and capacity building for local leaders and nonprofit organizations.



John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, based in Chicago, is one of the largest private foundations in the U.S., and works on a number of domestic and international social justice issues including education, housing,  juvenile justice, peace and security, reproductive health, and sustainable development.

Ford Foundation’s Higher Education for Social Justice initiatives explore opportunities to pursue social justice through educational equity and access.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation supports exceptional low-income students from elementary school to graduate school.

McCormick Foundation supports initiatives promoting civics, community building, education, journalism, and veterans, with a strong focus on Chicago and Illinois.

Pew Charitable Trusts   support public policy research and initiatives, seeking to inform citizens and improve public life. They both offer grants and employ individuals to work on issues of policy and education.



The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a global network of research centers seeking to achieve peace through public policy.