The trustees of Leo S. Guthman Fund have elected to sunset the foundation over the next few years. Renewal grants will be funded at a reduced amount and there will be limited opportunity to invite proposals from new organizations.


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The Leo S. Guthman Fund is a private family foundation which aims to improve people’s lives and strengthen communities.  The Fund supports non-profit organizations which provide programs and support to unite communities and tackle the challenges of vulnerable people, assist veterans, and provide for basic needs.  Through LSGF grants, many people have been given the opportunity to rise above the challenges they have faced. Since 2003, the Fund has funded more than 300 organizations to be able to provide programming which has touched th elives of thousands of people. Through its funding, LSGF aims 

to send the message that people are capable of healing and overcoming obstacles.  A significant portion of the Fund’s grantmaking is through discretionary grants by LSGF Trustees which are given to organizations nation-wide.  The remaining funds are distributed to organizations in Chicago for social services, health, summer employment for youth, urban gardening and agriculture and other special programs.