On March 16, 2011, Chicago lost a true friend, leader and optimist. This Foundation was formed to remember Jim Tyree, to continue his legacy of giving back - to give people hope and to give them better lives. The Foundation's mission of support for innovative education reflects Jim's passion and belief that education was the key to unlocking life's door and his understanding that the world was changing at a rapid pace. By taking what you know and thinking about it a little differently, Jim felt you could leave the world better than you found it.
The Foundation supports educational endeavors that foster creativity and innovation to improve the lives of people in the Chicagoland area. Through direct grants, the Foundation will work to help strengthen these organizations in their pursuit of meaningful change in education, health care and other disciplines.
Living Through Giving 2015
The third annual James Tyree Foundation Living Through Giving fundraiser and coctail reception was a huge success. The event raised $400,000!
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Our 2014 Grantees!
All of us at the James Tyree Foundation are thrilled to announce we have awarded $500,000 in grants to 11 non-profit organizations that are working to improve countless lives in the Chicago-area.
Each of these truly inspiring grant recipients are shining examples of the foundation's core mission: to advance innovative educational efforts in academics and health care.
This year's grantees include a mix of innovators we have supported in the past, as well as some very exciting programs that we welcome into our James Tyree Foundation family for the first time: