Beginning March 16, 2020, to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, Walder Foundation staff will be working remotely. Staff will not be traveling or hosting meetings at the Foundation. Instead, meetings will take place through video conference or telephone. We do not anticipate any disruption to our grantee commitments or general day-to-day operations.
The Walder Foundation is a private family foundation based in the Chicago area that provides individuals and organizations with resources and tools to create more welcoming and vibrant communities.
Our Program Areas
To enhance the arts vibrancy of the greater Chicago area by recognizing and rewarding outstanding artists and performing arts organizations.
To safeguard our natural resources and address critical environmental challenges, both in the Chicago region and globally.
To build inclusive, resilient and thriving communities for immigrants and refugees in the Chicago region and nationally.
To promote a more united, welcoming and inspired Jewish community in the greater Chicago area and beyond.
To open new pathways for scientific research, ideation, and innovation broadly and to promote the vitality of the scientific community in the greater Chicago area.
We want to bring together our long-term perspectives and the wisdom we have gathered throughout our lives to direct our giving for the benefit of humanity.