Polk Bros. Foundation Blog

July 19, 2018
Chicago and Cook County Housing for Health Strategic Plan

Connecting the dots between housing and health in Chicago

Connecting the dots between housing and health in Chicago This week, Polk Bros. Foundation and Michael Reese Health Trust were awarded the 2018 HUD Secretary’s Award […]
July 5, 2018
R.A.G.E. Englewood

How block parties and urban gardening deter gun violence

How block parties and urban gardening deter gun violence This is an excerpt of an article by Asiaha Butler (R.A.G.E. Englewood) and Deborah Bennett (Polk Bros. […]
June 20, 2018
Children attending Refugee One beach day

Polk Bros. Foundation’s focus on refugees and asylum seekers profiled in new report

Polk Bros. Foundation’s focus on refugees and asylum seekers profiled in new report Polk Bros. Foundation believes that families belong together. We believe that policies and […]
June 12, 2018
child rides a bike at an anti-violence block party in Gage Park

Chicago funders on gun violence: ‘We do not have time to waste’

Chicago funders on gun violence: ‘We do not have time to waste’ This article by Ellen Alberding (Joyce Foundation), Gillian Darlow (Polk Bros. Foundation), David Hiller […]
May 2, 2018
New Opportunity FIRST Fund

Chicago foundations create FIRST Fund to help address domestic violence

Chicago foundations create FIRST Fund to help address domestic violence CHICAGO —  Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) — in collaboration with Polk Bros. Foundation, Crown Family […]
September 4, 2017
Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities

Introduction to the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities

Introduction to the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities Chicago’s gun violence crisis requires all of us to make community safety a priority. Last year, following […]
October 15, 2014
Student painting

Spotlight on building arts partnerships to inspire learning

Spotlight on building arts partnerships to inspire learning In 1994, Polk Bros. Foundation issued a Request for Proposals that announced, “The Foundation seeks proposals for educational […]
August 25, 2014
Welder, Welding, Industry, Industrial, Manufacturing

Spotlight on the Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance

Spotlight on the Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance As a founding collaborator in the Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance (CWFA) in 2012, Polk Bros. Foundation teamed with five […]
August 11, 2014
Kids in a circle

Spotlight on full-service community schools

Spotlight on full-service community schools Research and experience tell us that young people, especially those living in impoverished urban environments, need a broad range of supports […]