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' goals to make 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. Prior to joining the foundation, Ms. Wilen was Director of Strategic Planning for UIC's Center for Urban Education Leadership, where she led the strategic and fiscal growth of the Center and was instrumental in furthering principal development at the district level. Throughout her career, Ms. Wilen has been dedicated to systems change through education reform, workforce development, social service implementation, and public policy advocacy. She served as the Assistant Commissioner in the Mayor's Office of Workforce Development, where she oversaw the City's Welfare-to-Work programs. Ms. Wilen, then, became a senior policy analyst in the area of early childhood education at the Ounce of Prevention Fund, and later joined the Circle of Service Foundation as its Education Program Officer. Ms. Wilen started her career as an antitrust and general litigation attorney at Bell, Boyd & Lloyd before joining the City as an Assistant Corporation Counsel under former Mayor Daley.
Ms. Wilen holds a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and a J.D. from the University of Illinois.


Community Safety

Community Safety

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

Arts, Culture, and Impact

Arts, Culture, and Impact

Supporting the expression of art and artists within a framework of social justice, cultural engagement, and audience enrichment through a wide range of arts initiatives.

Educational Innovations

Educational Innovations

Working with colleges and universities, especially those with which we have a personal connection, to support students and faculty to develop interdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving.

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