The Irvin Stern Foundation makes grants only to recognized, tax-exempt charities. We frequently fund projects and organizations that serve lower income, disadvantaged communities in the areas of human services, civic affairs, mental health outreach, education and Jewish welfare.

Irvin Stern Foundation does not contribute to endowments, capital campaigns, capital construction projects, and academic or medical research programs of any kind.

We require grant requests to be in one or more of the following areas:

Human Services Aiding the underserved, poor, and disadvantaged via innovative programs in social services, physical and mental health outreach, and education.
Civic Affairs Helping to improve the quality of life in urban communities through grass roots and neighborhood organizations.
Jewish Life Enhancing Jewish community, education and spirituality.

If your organization’s goals are within our Guidelines, please submit a Letter of Inquiry online.

Or download a form with a brief cover letter and mail it to the Foundation’s office. Our address is:

Irvin Stern Foundation
Grants Administrator
4 East Ohio St., Studio 6
Chicago, Illinois 60611

If you have any questions, feel free to email Christine Flood, Grants Administrator.

Thank you.