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


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: