Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their cutting edge work. This month features updates from the Duchossois Family Foundation; The Rockefeller Brothers Fund; The Castellano Family Foundation; The Fred L. Emerson Foundation; The Bainum Family Foundation; The David and Lucile Packard Foundation; The Tracy Family Foundation; The Siragusa Family Foundation and the National Center on Family Homelessness.

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Duchossois Family Establishes New Institute at UChicago Medicine

University of Chicago Medicine has announced a $100 million gift from trustee Craig Duchossois, his wife, Janet, and the Duchossois Family Foundation for an institute focused on accelerating research on how the human immune system, microbiome, and genetics interact to maintain health. The largest gift ever to UChicago Medicine will establish the Duchossois Family Institute. The institute will draw on the creativity and skill of university researchers across many fields in bringing new perspectives to medical science.

Christie’s Secures David Rockefeller Collection for Highest Estimated Auction Sale

Christie’s Auctioneers have secured the estate of David Rockefeller, the youngest son of American philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and art patron Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. The sale will include over 2,000 individual items and spans numerous collecting categories. It will be sold in order to benefit a dozen charities. The sales will be conducted in keeping with David Rockefeller’s pledge to direct the majority of his wealth to philanthropy and provide for the cultural, educational, medical, and environmental causes long supported by both David and Peggy Rockefeller.

$141 Million Lotto Winners Still Active in Philanthropy Years Later

The Castellano Family Foundation will mark its 15th anniversary with a public celebration at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in East San Jose. The festivities will include the debut of a project with roots dating back decades earlier: a one-hour documentary about San Jose’s popular parades and festivals for Cinco de Mayo and Fiestas Patrias, the Mexican Independence Day celebrated on Sept. 16.

Fred L. Emerson Foundation Elects New Directors

The Fred L. Emerson Foundation has elected seven new individuals to the family foundation’s board of directors.  The new directors include five great, great grandchildren of the family foundation’s founder, the late Fred L. Emerson.

Global Education Fund Extends Foundation’s Mission to Developing Countries

Founded in 2014 by Bruce Bainum, son of the Bainum Family Foundation’s founders and a long-time Board member, the Global Education Fund convenes experienced stakeholders to build a body of knowledge and implement proven strategies in early childhood — maximizing impact and best serving children and families in underserved communities. While the Foundation’s efforts are primarily concentrated in the Washington, D.C., area, the Global Education Fund is a Bainum family philanthropy initiative that furthers their mission by addressing education issues.

Packard Foundation Boosts Grants to Offset Impact of Government Cuts

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation this year will boost the amount of money it gives to nonprofits working on the environment, health care, and other areas, citing concerns that cuts to government funding may reverse progress on those issues.

Tracy Family Foundation Supports Coalition to Raise Suicide Prevention Awareness

The Adams County Suicide Prevention Coalition is launching a yearlong suicide prevention campaign. The initiative is being supported through funding from the Tracy Family Foundation, focusing on bringing awareness to the community. Thanks to the Tracy Family Foundation grant, Media Development will help expand the coalition's efforts by using a number of avenues including social media, digital messaging, TV and public presentations.

Siragusa Family Foundation Update

The Chicago-based Siragusa Foundation has formally changed its name to the Siragusa Family Foundation and has updated its logo to reflect this change. The foundation will be rolling out a new grant review process over the next three years for a selection of its existing grantees. This process will require organizations (grouped according to program area) to submit an application for three years of support, starting with Arts Learning organizations this summer of 2017. Then, in 2018 the foundation will request applications from a selection of its Education grantees, and in 2019 it will review a selection of Health grantees.

National Center on Family Homelessness Produces SHIFT Study

The SHIFT study examined long-term outcomes of families in Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, and Albany residing in three types of housing programs: emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing. It identifies trauma as pervasive among homeless mothers and is a predictor of unemployment, depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and long-term residential instability. Families are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in the United States, approaching 40% of the total homeless population. 

Special Thanks: NCFP Friends and Leadership Circle Members

We offer special thanks to our Friends of the Family and Leadership Circle funders who support and sustain the work of NCFP. Our Leadership Circle recognizes a special group of our most generous supporters. Our Friends offer continuing support for our work, ensuring that future generations of donor families can access the best possible resources for sound decision-making. See a complete list of NCFP Leadership Circle and Friends of the Family. Or, for more information, please contact Maureen Esposito at 202.293.3276 or at