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The Coleman Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of Jennifer Oh to our team as Program Officer. Jennifer will be working in the program areas of health and intellectual/developmental disabilities. Recently, CEO Shelley Davis sat down with Jennifer and asked her a few questions about her journey to becoming our new Program Officer. Shelley: Can you tell us a little bit about your background and how your career path has led you to your current...


According to the Small Business Administration, there are an estimated 4.65 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the U.S., making this the fastest-growing segment of small businesses in the country. We are excited to spotlight one of our grantees working hard to support these business leaders of the future: Foundation of Little Village (FLV).

The Coleman Foundation strives to champion our partners in the intellectual and developmental disabilities field and is proud to spotlight an organization who is working hard to bring families and community together through equity and opportunity.

The Coleman Foundation awarded 28 grants for a total of $2.97 million in Second Quarter 2022. This included a gift to the Intersect for Ability network, distributed to 18 partner organizations.    

The Coleman Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of Nathan Stevens to our team as Program Officer. Nathan will be working in the program areas of entrepreneurship and developmental disabilities. Recently, CEO Shelley Davis sat down with Nathan and asked him a few questions about his journey to becoming our new Program Officer. Shelley: I know you come from a background of service and mission-driven organizations - what influenced you to you raise your hand to...


The Coleman Foundation has been dedicated to Chicagoland communities since 1951. I am very proud of this legacy and the lasting and continuing impact the Coleman Foundation has had in Chicago.  I also recognize that our work requires consistent reflection and am committed to listening to and serving an even broader and more diverse community.  It is a serious responsibility to chair the board at this critical moment in the world where there is urgent need...


The Coleman Foundation awarded 117 grants for a total of $3.3 million in First Quarter 2022


  As part of our strategic plan learning agenda in entrepreneurship, Coleman co-hosted a virtual workshop for Business SupportOrganizations (BSOs) in February with the Fund for Equitable Business Growth (the Fund). The Fund, a collaboration between the Chicago Community Trust and several Chicago foundations including Coleman, is committed to building a more just, equitable and resilient society by creating a marketplace of services for entrepreneurs of color in the Chicago region. The workshop was attended by...


For decades, The Coleman Foundation has funded cancer research, treatment and care. Our deep and diverse work in this field with hospitals and community support centers afforded us a unique position from where we learned the common concerns shared by organizations across the region as they strove to provide the best possible care for their patients.  Through our partnership with cancer support organizations, we also learned about the challenges that accompany a cancer diagnosis and...


Dear friends and colleagues, After almost 26 years with the Coleman Foundation, it is bittersweet to announce that my tenure will end on June 30, 2022. It has been my privilege to serve as Senior Program Officer where I was influential in affecting many organizations and the clients they serve. I am grateful for time spent with the Foundation’s grantees who presented awareness of the needs of populations ranging from those that lack opportunities for quality healthcare,...