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Applications for grants are considered in the following areas:

  • Education
  • Social Service
  • Healthcare
  • Civic and cultural
  • Environmental

The categories above are not intended to limit the interest of the Foundation from considering other worthwhile projects.  In general the Foundation guidelines are broad to give us flexibility in providing grants.

Over the past decade, approximately 35% of our grants have been related to education, 15% to social services, 27% to hospitals and healthcare, 19% to civic and cultural with the remaining percentage spread out in the above categories.  During the same period, 68% of our grants have been made in Illinois.  However, like Dr. Scholl, we recognize the need for a global outlook. 
Non-U.S. grants are given to organizations where directors have knowledge of the grantee.