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The Christopher Family Foundation (CFF) was created in 1997 by Jay W. and Doris K. Christopher, and is an outgrowth of The Pampered Chef, a business they founded in their home in 1980.

Shaping a Framework for Future Giving

The Foundation has expressed its generosity over the past twenty years largely through responsive giving—addressing the requests of community-based nonprofits and faith-based organizations.

In 2018, CFF embarked upon a strategic planning initiative that allowed the Christopher family and Foundation leadership to evaluate its grantmaking history, generate opportunities for further learning and growth, and identify the shared values that will influence its philanthropy for years to come. Family members were deeply engaged in this process, shaping a framework for future giving. This strategic framework includes a clearly defined mission statement followed by focused areas of interest and different strategies to address those areas.

Pampered Chef Employees, 2002, Addison, IL – Facility Parking Lot
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Moving Forward

CFF’s grantmaking will help foster creative, innovative approaches to core issues, and will aim to help build capacity and collaboration amongst organizations addressing these issues. Through these efforts and over time, CFF aims to advance its mission to strengthen communities and families, by helping provide access and equity.

Vision: Strengthening Communities & Families


The Christopher Family Foundation is dedicated to strengthening communities and families. Rooted in a Christian perspective, we use our grantmaking to foster creative and innovative approaches to build capacity and collaboration in our areas of funding priority.

Access + Equity

Areas of Funding Priority