Starting in 2008, the Pierce Family Foundation supported nonprofit organizations providing essential social services and opportunities for people experiencing homelessness. The foundation deliberately spent out its funds and sunset in 2023.

During our existence, we primarily supported organizations in the City of Chicago. We believed in:

  • Unrestricted general operating grants.
  • Supporting real costs and real needs, including “back office.”
  • Offering help beyond the grant, via numerous support programs.
  • Minimal application and reporting processes.
  • Practicing the principles of Trust-Based Philanthropy.

“PFF has influenced our foundation’s grantmaking, as we recently gave our first general operating grants based on their best practices advice. It is wonderful to have wise colleagues who are so willing to share their deep experience.” -foundation colleague