Through strategic philanthropic partnerships, we seek to improve Chicago’s built environment, to support cultural stewardship in the arts, to strengthen democracy through investigative journalism, and to advance economic opportunity for the working poor.

The Built Environment

The Driehaus Foundation works to ensure that viable, healthy urban environments are designed to meet the needs of the humans who inhabit them. We are committed to the idea that successful historic preservation, urban planning, and new architecture must be understood and undertaken as part of a decades-long continuum that endows a given city, town, or village with a singular sense of place.

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Arts and Culture

The Driehaus Foundation believes that the arts play an essential role in the cultural life of Chicago. They provide entertainment, stimulate our imagination, challenge our perceptions, and encourage us to reflect upon our distinct traditions and our shared humanity.

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Investigative Journalism for Government Accountability

The Driehaus Foundation supports investigative journalism that fosters greater transparency, accountability and effectiveness in government institutions at the local level. We understand that for democracy to thrive, government must be held accountable by an educated public through an independent press. Investigative reporting, in particular, is crucial, because it uncovers necessary information that helps the public understand and act to improve society.

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Economic Opportunity for the Working Poor

The Driehaus Foundation believes that a great city fully realizes the potential of its citizens, and that a community must invest in each person’s opportunity to succeed in order for all of us to succeed. We support system-wide change to improve economic opportunity for the working poor in Chicago by funding nonprofits active in public policy and advocacy.

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