The Wieboldt Foundation limits its grant making to the Chicago metropolitan area. The foundation supports multi-issue community organizing groups that work in low-income neighborhoods, that are accountable to neighborhood residents, and through which people are empowered to have a major voice in shaping decisions that affect their lives.
We support organizations that:
- Organize by enlisting and nurturing participation of a large number of neighborhood residents, organizations and institutions.
- Recruit, develop, and formally train local leadership.
- Enable local residents to develop an agenda, to devise strategies, and to carry out action effectively to address issues.
- Demonstrate innovative strategies or create new local institutions that strengthen local community capacity.
- Broaden their impact by working with other groups, whenever possible.
- Are led by a board of directors that is representative of and accountable to community residents.
- Show evidence of significant local fundraising.
The Wieboldt Foundation generally does not fund individuals, studies and research, conferences, capital development, or direct or social service programs.