Walter S. Mander Foundation
Walter S. Mander
The Walter S. Mander Foundation is the legacy of the late Walter “Wally” Mander, a refugee from Nazi Germany who settled in Chicago and went on to become one of the most successful individuals in the U.S meatpacking industry during the 1960s and 1970s. The Foundation’s work honors the interests and accomplishments of Mr. Mander during his lifetime. Grants are made to support Chicago area organizations working in the areas of community gardening and urban agriculture and neighborhood and community development. The Foundation also supports Jewish-related organizations and issues specific to the communities and interests of Mr. Mander and his family.

Areas of Interest

The Walter Mander Foundation supports programs and initiatives related to food production and access, community development, Jewish life and culture, and cancer research. The Foundation makes general operating grants. Awards are made throughout the year.

Urban Agriculture

We provide grants that support urban agriculture and greening programs in Chicago that promote access to healthy food and provide job-related skills.

Local Sustainable Agriculture

We support work that advances local and sustainable food and agriculture in Chicago and Illinois, including reform of food production, processing and delivery structures.

Community Development

We accept proposals for programs that provide employment training, financial literacy and job opportunities that focus on higher-paying and skilled industries.

Jewish & Israeli Organizations

We accept proposals in this area by invitation only.

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Cancer Research

We accept proposals in this area by invitation only.

Areas of Interest

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Cancer-Research-s

Cancer Research

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Community Development

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Jewish & Israeli Organizations

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Local & Sustainable Agriculture

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Urban Agriculture

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Application Procedures

The Mander Foundation accepts proposals in support of local, sustainable good programs and community development in the Chicago area. Applications should include a general program description, main goals and objective, and evaluation system used to measure and assess success. Financial statements, budgets and a list of donors also should accompany funding requests.