The Pierce Family Foundation has supported hundreds of nonprofit organizations in Chicago with ongoing general operating support.

For much of the foundation’s history, a subset of organizations were chosen annually as Core Grantees. These “Cores” received a multi-year commitment of general operating support as well as a host of other capacity building benefits: IT assessments and grants to support tech infrastructure; event sponsorships; stipends for professional development; access to SmithAmundsen’s Frontline legal service; and extra grants for capacity building needs such as strategic planning, rebranding, Human Resources planning, and more.