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Alphawood Foundation

Contact information:

1645 West Fullerton
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: 773-975-0401

Type of foundation: Independent

Types of grants: General operating support.

Description: Fred Eychaner is the president of the Alphawood Foundation and its major donor ($100 million). His company, Newsweb Corp., sold its Chicago television station (WPWR-Channel 50) to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. for $425 million in cash. The company also owns a TV station in Denver, several radio stations in the Chicago area and has investments in media companies including McClatchy and Stauffer Communications. Founded as WPWR-TV Channel 50 Foundation in 1992, the Alphawood Foundation provides general operating grants to non-profit organizations in metropolitan Chicago and Northwest Indiana whose primary mission involves any of the following:

  • The arts (performing, visual, literary and media).
  • Arts education for children.
  • Institutional advocacy for social change.
  • Domestic violence intervention/prevention.
  • Architecture and preservation.

Sample grants:

  • $120,000 to Northwest Indiana Public Broadcasting in general operating support (2009).
  • $100,000 to Free Speech TV (Denver, CO) in general operating support (2008 and 2009).
  • $20,000 to National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association for advocacy activities (2009).
  • $15,000 to Community Media Workshop in general operating support (2008).
  • $15,000 to Chicago Sinfonietta in general operating support (2009).
  • $10,000 to Deeply Rooted Productions in general operating support (2008).
  • $10,000 to Street-Level Youth Media in general operating support (2008).

Fit for public broadcasting: There is a reasonable fit for public media in the Foundation's geographic focus areas. The critical issue for organizations that have not previously been funded is gaining access in order to be invited to submit a proposal.

Eligibility: Proposals from organizations not currently funded by the Alphawood Foundation are accepted by invitation only. The Foundation does not provide grants to individuals, scholarships, underwriting or tables for special events, public schools, special projects, religious or fraternal purposes or political campaigns.


  • March 1 for arts and arts education.
  • August 1 for advocacy and architecture & preservation.
  • November 15 for domestic violence intervention/prevention.

How to apply: First-time grants average $3,000. For clarifications of the Foundation's guidelines or for general questions, contact the Foundation at 773-477-8984 or

Giving range: Up to about $150,000. Most grants are below $50,000.

Assets: $153,220,926 (year ending 2/28/09)

Total giving: $8,260,868 (year ending 2/28/09)

This Grant Center profile is a synopsis of the foundation and its giving, based on currently available information. It is not intended to be a comprehensive source. Be sure to consult the foundation website for additional information.


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