About Us

The Coleman Foundation is the legacy of entrepreneurs Dorothy W. Coleman and her husband J.D. Stetson Coleman, one-time owners of Fannie May Candy Company. The Colemans created the Foundation in 1951 to improve opportunity and quality of life. Today, the Foundation continues to foster change through programs that are practical, financially sustainable, and results-oriented.

Mission

The Coleman Foundation invests in the efforts of community-based organizations and local institutions to preserve and strengthen the physical health and the economic and emotional well-being of people living in the greater Chicago region.

Vision

The Foundation will create more compassionate, equitable and inclusive resources and opportunities that improve people’s lives with thoughtful and sustainable solutions.

Values

  1. RESPECT FOR COMMUNITY: We trust and build relationships with grantee partners and community experts to ensure that their knowledge and experiences guide our work.

  2. EMPATHY: We are committed to understanding the experiences and perspectives of the people and communities that we serve.

  3. RESPONSIVENESS: We foster a culture of learning, adaptivity, and innovation to be sure we take advantage of opportunities to create positive impacts as they arise.

  4. RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP: We manage the Foundation’s resources in a steady, transparent, and responsible manner.

Staff

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Shelley A.
Davis

President and CEO

info@colemanfoundation.org

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Thomas D.
Trinley

CFO/COO

info@colemanfoundation.org

Rosa
Berardi

Senior Program Officer

rberardi@colemanfoundation.org

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Nathan
Stevens

Program Officer

nstevens@colemanfoundation.org

Lisa
Torres

Grants Manager

ltorres@colemanfoundation.org

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Erin
Fleming

Executive Assistant/Office Manager

efleming@colemanfoundation.org

Our Board

Michael
Furlong

Vice Chair

Esther
Barron

Chair

Alison
Fitzgerald

Director

Daniel
Wanzenberg

Director