Strengthening Community Ties

The Schwemm Family Foundation supports community-based charitable organizations that promote programs and initiatives that strengthen communities. The Foundation will fund projects that focus on California, Oregon, or the greater Chicago area. Proposals will be evaluated by how well they meet one or more of the following goals:

  • Enhancing natural environments

Sustain and protect resilient, local ecosystems and related biodiversity by focusing on proactive conservation and/or, comprehensive restoration.

  • Preserving local history and culture

Instill a sense of connection and belonging to one’s community by preserving and sharing history and cultural heritage from periods that predate 1935, through literature, digital archiving, and other interpretive means.

  • Promoting healthy, active lifestyles

Strengthen communities and improve the lives of individuals by providing opportunities for growing and eating healthy, local foods and increasing access to trails and urban paths.