Updated September 10, 2020
We know these are worrisome times and that nonprofit organizations are struggling to figure out how to best continue to serve clients in a meaningful way in this new Coronavirus era. The Fund acknowledges that organizations are going to be temporarily unable to function as usual and that many are developing innovative strategies to continue to provide programming virtually. Healthcare and social service organizations that serve the most vulnerable may be faced with an influx of clients and need to determine how to increase services while trying to protect their own staff. We also understand that no one knows when the unprecedented changes we are all making in our lives to prevent the spread of the virus will end and how it will impact the nonprofit sector. The Patrick and Anna M. Cudahy Fund board of directors and staff are grateful for the perseverance of the nonprofit community and stand with our nonprofit grantee organizations.
The Patrick and Anna M. Cudahy Fund office is now partially open. There is at least one staff member at the office most days and we are able to respond to paper mail now; however, the best way to get In touch with staff is by e-mail.
Spring Meeting of Board of Directors 2020
This meeting generally happens in May or June but was postponed until September 19th. If you have submitted a proposal, you should receive communication soon after.
Fall Meeting of Board of directors
The fall 2020 meeting will occur in December 2020, although a date has not yet been sent. Proposals are due October 31 - this is a soft deadline for now.
All organizations that received grants in the fall of 2019 may reapply UNLESS your organization's grant was directed by a specific Cudahy family member and was considered a Discretionary Grant. If you are unsure whether your grant was discretionary, the grant agreement and transmittal letter that was sent with the grant check last fall has that information. If you are still unsure whether your organization's fall 2019 grant was discretionary or have other questions, please e-mail our Executive Director, Lauren Krieg and she will be able to assist you. All organizations that received discretionary grants need to be invited to reapply. If you received a discretionary grant in 2019 and you apply without being invited, your proposal will not be considered.
This webpage will be promptly updated with any changes.
The Patrick and Anna M. Cudahy Fund is a private family foundation that supports social services, health care and human services, the arts, education and environmental issues. If your organization is interested in being considered for a grant, please read about our application process on the Guidelines and Application page.
The Patrick and Anna M. Cudahy Fund has enjoyed active involvement in local, state, national and global communities, seeking new ways to effectively enhance common welfare. The Fund conducts most of its grantmaking throughout the state of Wisconsin and in the Chicago metropolitan area. However, a portion of the fund's annual grantmaking budget is allocated to discretionary grants in geographic areas across the United States and abroad reflecting the interests of Directors.
Patrick and Anna Cudahy in 1908
HISTORY OF THE FUND
The Fund officially dates back to September 15, 1921, when Articles of Association were originally drawn for the purpose of creating the Alice Dickson Cudahy Clinic in order to provide free education, medical attention, domestic service and child welfare services to all dependent members of any family of an employee of the Cudahy Brothers Company However, Patrick and Anna's philanthropic giving and civic engagement began several several decades earlier after Patrick became a successful business entrepreneur in the meat-packing industry.
We are proud of the wonderful organizations we support and the work they do to improve the lives of people of all ages, families and entire communities. We believe that everyone should have the resources to lead happy and healthy lives. Although we do not accept unsolicited proposals, we do give all nonprofit organizations within the Chicagoland area and throughout Wisconsin the opportunity to tell us about what they do through our Letter of Inquiry process. Please visit our Guidelines and Application page for more information.
What we Fund
To achieve our goals, the Fund supports organizations and programs in the following categories: