Message from
Gigi Pritzker and
Michael Pucker

The Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation is driven by the values, priorities and experiences we share as a family. We respect each other's diverse ideas and interests, and hope to enrich communities through partnerships. Through collaboration with passionate leaders and thoughtful execution, we support our partners' objectives and organizations in making a positive difference in the quality of life for families and communities. It is a lofty aspiration, but one we know is achievable.

Julie Wilen

Executive Director

Julie Wilen is the Executive Director of the Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation. Julie leads PPFF’s initiatives to better define and build our giving portfolio, processes and impact strategies. Julie brings to PPFF significant knowledge, experience and relationships with many of the non-profits with which PPFF is involved. Trained as a lawyer, Julie worked for a large Chicago law firm before joining the City as an Assistant Corporation Counsel under former Mayor Daley. From there, Julie served as the Assistant Commissioner in the Mayor's Office of Workforce Development, overseeing the City's Welfare-to-Work programs, then, advocated in the area of early childhood education at the Ounce of Prevention Fund. As the Education Program Officer at Circle of Service Foundation, Julie built that foundation's education portfolio by drawing on her previous work in the social services, workforce development and education fields. Most recently, as Director of Strategic Planning for UIC's Center for Urban Education Leadership, Julie led the strategic and fiscal growth of the Center and was instrumental in furthering principal development at the District level.


Violence Prevention

Violence Prevention

Promoting strategies and interventions that strengthen communities, change the trajectory of people's lives and allow neighborhoods to flourish. We support coordinated restorative justice and violence reduction policies and practices.

Culture, Arts & Impact

Culture, Arts & Impact

Integrating a wide range of cultural arts initiatives locally, nationally and internationally. When individuals are free to innovate and to connect, it enriches all of us and allows for acceptance and tolerance to thrive.

Educational Opportunities

Educational Opportunities

Supporting access to quality educational institutions and programs, especially those with which we have a personal connection. We value strategies that bring high quality educational opportunities and experiences to diverse populations.

Photo By Rob Kozloff/The University of Chicago
Photo by Teresa Rende
Photo By Julie Wilen

Funding Guidelines

The Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.

PPFF reviews proposals on a quarterly basis. In general, PPFF supports one-year grants. However, multi-year grants may be considered for organizations that have received prior PPFF support.

Healing Waters by Mark Davis, commission for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, by the Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation