The Christopher Family Foundation offers grants within a number of different program areas.
The Foundation’s Education Program currently focuses on two strategies—out-of-school time programs for youth, and professional learning and leadership development for teachers and school leaders.
- Out-of-school time programs—before and after school, and during the summer months—allow students to pursue interests that foster excitement for learning, forge positive relationship with adults and peers, and participate in a safe, supervised environment when parents/guardians are working.
- Developing exceptional school educators and administrators through professional learning opportunities has a powerful ripple effect. One educator has the potential to impact thousands of students over the course of their career, and high-performing teachers and administrators play a crucial role in narrowing the opportunity gap.
Employment & Entrepreneurship
The Foundation believes that everyone should experience the dignity that employment provides, and the ability to support themselves and their families through hard work. CFF has a particular interest in programs that provide job readiness training and those that teach and foster entrepreneurship as a way out of poverty, especially for women.
Individual & Family Health & Wellbeing
The Foundation wants the families and communities of the Chicago region to thrive through healthy bodies and healthy food. Through its individual and family health and wellbeing initiative, the Foundation supports a number of programs that address hunger and provide access to healthy food. Also supported are programs for youth in foster care, so that children who have experienced trauma can find healing and go on to lead healthy, fulfilling lives.
Community & Fellowship
Humans of all ages and positions can draw strength and support from the company of others who share similar interests and/or goals. The Foundation continues to support organizations which promote fellowship, build community and offer opportunities to connect with others.
Special & Legacy Projects
From time to time CFF will support a special project, or make an additional contribution to a legacy project outside the four core areas of program focus. These grants will only be made on the initiative of the Distribution Committee, with an invitation to apply. No unsolicited applications outside the four core areas will be considered.