Our Priorities

The Pritzker Traubert Foundation invests in people and programs
that enrich the life experiences of Chicago’s children. With a strong focus
on improving schools, we seek leaders, programs and ideas that will
impact student learning in powerful and long-lasting ways. In addition
to education, the Foundation extends its support to health & fitness
and arts & culture, building on our belief that a city that values
learning, promotes physical well-being and appreciates the
arts will thrive for generations to come.
Education   Health and Fitness   Art and Culture

“There are no good schools in our country without a great principal. ”

– U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Research tells us that in order to impact student learning, we must focus on ensuring our schools have highly effective teachers and leaders. The Foundation’s robust education portfolio is centered on developing outstanding school-level leadership and supporting Chicago’s most innovative school leaders. We support the full continuum of school leadership development, from preparation and recruitment, to induction and on-going development. Our partners understand the supports and strategies needed for innovative leaders to be consistently successful in Chicago’s most challenging school leadership positions.
“The childhood obesity problem in the U.S. is a growing epidemic, particularly among minorities and the socio-economically disadvantaged.”
– Professor Barry R. Bloom, Harvard
Our health and fitness portfolio centers on increasing access to physical activity for youth to address the growing problem of childhood obesity. Research tells us that children need at least 60 minutes of active play each day to grow and develop as healthy adults. The Foundation supports local efforts that address this critical issue and is proud to be a founding supporter of Chicago Run, a non-profit that promotes the health and wellness of Chicago children through innovative, engaging, and sustainable youth running programs.
“…art should somehow be able to effect mankind, to make the world a better place. ”

– Jeff Koons, Artist
Appreciation and participation in art and culture enriches a community and can bring great joy to people's lives. Our art and culture portfolio emphasizes ways to broaden access to the arts. We support institutions that allow Chicagoans, particularly its children, to investigate and participate in the artistic resources of Chicago and the world.