Updated August, 2021

COVID-19 Update

 

Fund Office

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 still by e-mail.

Fall Meeting of Board of directors 2021

 

The fall 2021 meeting will be on December 4. Proposals are due October 15 - this is a soft deadline for now. 

 

All organizations that received grants in December of 2020 may reapply for the upcoming December meeting 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 (December) 2020 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 2020 and you apply without being invited, your proposal will not be considered. 

 

This webpage will be promptly updated with any changes.

WELCOME!

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

United Community Center

United Community Center

Literacy Services of Wisconsin

Literacy Services of Wisconsin

Sarah's Circle

Sarah's Circle

COA Youth and Family Centers

COA Youth and Family Centers

Misericordia

Misericordia

International Crane Foundation

International Crane Foundation

Little Sisters of the Poor

Little Sisters of the Poor

St. Ben's Community Meal Program

St. Ben's Community Meal Program

Birdwatching at Aldo Leopold Center

Birdwatching at Aldo Leopold Center

Brookfield Zoo, Disability Inclusion

Brookfield Zoo, Disability Inclusion

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.

ABOUT  US

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: