Polk Bros. Foundation Blog

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 […]
July 17, 2014
Polk family at Navy Pier announcement

Polk family letter announcing $20 million Navy Pier legacy gift

Polk family letter announcing $20 million Navy Pier legacy gift Dear Friends: Today, we are thrilled to announce a major milestone for the Polk family – […]
July 17, 2014

Navy Pier announces $20 million legacy gift from Polk family

Navy Pier announces $20 million legacy gift from Polk family Single largest private gift ever made to Navy Pier, will support the Pier’s redevelopment CHICAGO — […]
July 7, 2014
ChiArts Dancers

Spotlight on citywide collaboratives to expand arts education

Spotlight on citywide collaboratives to expand arts education Since its beginning, Polk Bros. Foundation has placed a high priority on making the arts accessible to Chicago […]
June 6, 2014
Cityscape of Chicago

Spotlight on citywide collaboratives addressing homelessness

Spotlight on citywide collaboratives addressing homelessness In addition to ongoing grantmaking, Polk Bros. Foundation has played a key role in a number of collaborative, citywide efforts […]