New for 2022
Beginning in 2022, the Albert Pick Jr. Fund will switch to having three grantmaking meetings per year instead of four. The March meeting will instead become a policy and planning meeting. Proposal review meetings will now take place in June, September, and December only.
Deadline dates for submitting proposals for 2023 will be forthcoming.
For more information about applying, visit our How to Apply page.
About the Fund
The Albert Pick, Jr. Fund is a private, independent foundation established in 1947. While grantmaking interests and procedures have been updated over the years to reflect changing times, the Fund’s mission remains faithful to the intent of its founders, Corinne and Albert Pick, Jr.: to provide under-resourced Chicago residents with the tools they need to improve their lives. Mr. Pick was a business man who, among his other accomplishments, started Pick Hotels Corp., which eventually controlled 15 hotels. He and Mrs. Pick were avid philanthropists, serving on many boards and assisting many organizations
Today, the Fund concentrates on neighborhoods and/or people who are economically or otherwise disadvantaged or who face discrimination. Chicago should be a city of hope, safety and opportunities for those who live here. We believe that people should be empowered to identify and define the problems they confront and work towards solutions. Our role is to ensure that community residents have the resources and support they need to undertake this work.
Going forward, the Fund’s directors and staff aim to do our part, as a philanthropic institution, to support the growing movement around social justice and racial equity. We are asking ourselves how the Fund can do more to support the objectives of this movement. Therefore, we have begun an exploration process to review our grantmaking, Board and staff attitudes, investments and vendors with the goal of making changes over time that will be more in line with our values.
This is not an easy process with a direct path. As a field, philanthropy is considering how it can play a role in promoting social justice and racial equity. Best practices and strategies are still being developed. At the Pick Fund, we expect to encounter bumps along the way – we may make some mistakes and need to adjust our approach. Through this website, we will keep you advised of what we are doing and how our grantmaking is affected. We appreciate your patience as we work to build a better Albert Pick Jr. Fund for a better Chicago.
If you have applied before, you will note the application form has been revised to ask more specific questions about applicants’ demographics – who is served and who is in leadership roles. This is a first step to understanding who is benefiting from our grants and whether we are really reaching our target populations.
Please refer to the WHAT WE FUND page for more information on our grantmaking, funding guidelines, and application deadlines.
The Albert Pick Jr. Fund Welcomes Heather D. Parish as Executive Director
"I am thrilled by our unanimous board decision to select Heather Parish as the Albert Pick Jr. Fund’s next executive director. Heather is a well respected leader in the philanthropic community. I have long admired Heather’s wisdom, her calm determination, and her dedication to racial equity, social justice, and community-led solutions. I am confident that Heather will be a great partner for the board and Pick Fund grantees. She will guide the Fund to its next level of mission-driven grant making."
- Shelley Davis, Board President
“I am SO EXCITED to be joining the Albert Pick Jr. Fund as its new Executive Director! While Iris Krieg’s shoes will be impossible to fill, I will come to the Pick Fund wearing a new pair of shoes whose fabric and design embodies my life-long passion of centering and being in service to our underserved and under-resourced communities. I look forward to building on the Pick Fund’s legacy while bringing a renewed commitment to deepening grantee and philanthropic partnerships, increasing the Fund’s visibility in the sector, and working with the board to continue on the forward trajectory of ensuring that the Pick Fund is an integral part of the racial and social justice ecosystem in the philanthropic field. My nine-year tenure with the Pierce Family and Cuore e Mani Foundations has prepared me well to step into this role.”
- Heather D. Parish
Statement from Iris Krieg
Over the years I have been with the Pick Fund, we have deepened our work, joined more funder collaborations, participated in many learning opportunities and taken steps to incorporate equity, inclusion and diversity in everything we do, from grantmaking to investments. As a part time Executive Director, I am unable to devote the time required to support Pick as it continues on this path.
My tenure with the Pick Fund has been one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. I am excited to think what new staff leadership can help the Pick Fund achieve.
As I step-down from my position of Executive Director of the Albert Pick, Jr. Fund, I have been reflecting on my years with the Pick Fund and how much it has meant to me. It has been a privilege to work with the dedicated Pick Board and staff. All have a belief that we can contribute to a better and more equitable Chicago for all who live here.
I am grateful to our wonderful partners in the community. Other foundations have been willing to share their own experiences and ideas. Experts and organizations have energized me with their visions for what is possible, but more importantly by their work to move us closer each day.