Foundation History

Carrying Values Forward

Renamed in 2016 to honor its longstanding legacy, The Siragusa Family Foundation is a multi-generational family foundation based in Chicago, Illinois that funds in the areas of arts, education and health. Founded by Ross D. Siragusa in 1950, the foundation is governed today by his descendants and managed by local staff.

Following in Mr. Siragusa’s philanthropic footsteps, the foundation supports organizations that provide access and opportunity to the underserved so that they are empowered to help themselves and to experience a better quality of life. By the end of 2018, the foundation will have granted over $46 million to more than 550 organizations, the majority of which are in the Chicago area, the region where Mr. Siragusa first found opportunity.

The Siragusa Family Foundation presents this publication about the history and evolution of its operations, governance and grantmaking programs. The intention is to share this journey with the field and to document for future generations the origins of the foundation’s work in the community.  We are proud of the legacy began by founder Ross D. Siragusa, and look forward to continuing to carry forward his values and vision in our work.

A philanthropic partner of nonprofits to improve communities throughout the Chicago region

Through its giving, the Siragusa Family Foundation seeks to fulfill its mission of supporting efforts that help people help themselves and experience a better quality of life.