Three generations ago, Frederick H. Prince and his wife Abbie Norman Prince established a philanthropic legacy by creating the Prince Charitable Trusts. Over time, their heirs have created giving programs in cities where the Prince family has deep and long-standing ties: Chicago, Illinois; Washington, DC; and, Newport, Rhode Island.

Today, our giving remains concentrated in these geographic areas, while also reflecting a widening circle of compassion, demonstrated by our support of the arts, environment, youth, health and other areas of giving.

We are a family foundation that believes in the capacity of non-profit organizations to change lives, to improve communities and to advance ideas.  In standing with the organizations we fund, we strive to add muscle to their might with operating, project, and capacity-building grants and special awards for their often unique and unheralded work.

We are the Prince Charitable Trusts. We were established in 1947, and what matters most to us has always mattered to us: compassionate, committed and responsive philanthropy.  We invite you to get to know us and the organizations we support.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Alliance for the Great Lakes

2022 Giving

Total $6,678,330

Does not include the MacArthur Fund for the Arts at Prince, which totaled 2,055,148 in 2022 or Prince-MARPAT, which totaled $77,000

Breakdown of Our Giving

Areas of Interest

  • CAPITAL (CHICAGO and NEWPORT) | $510,000
  • ENVIRONMENT | $2,198,000
  • HEALTH ( CHICAGO and DC) | $907,000
  • JUST DEMOCRACY | $465,000
  • OTHER | $305,500
  • YOUTH (CHICAGO) | $575,000

Photo Credit: Kate Whitney Lucey Photography, courtesy of MLK Community Center

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Anacostia Business Development

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kartemquin

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Newport Tree Conservancy

Photo Credit: Courtesy of John F. Kennedy Center Washington National Opera

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Millennium Park

What to know now

Information about our upcoming funding opportunities, deadlines and partner programming

The Chicago program is not accepting proposals in its Arts, Ending Youth Homelessness, Sports-based Youth Development, or Violence Reduction programs in 2024. Organizations funded in these program areas in 2023 may reapply following the instructions they received via email.

Aya Initiative
The Aya Initiative grant cycle for 2024 has now closed.

Newport, RI

Grant Deadline: June, 14, 2024

We are not accepting unsolicited proposals in our Rhode Island program this year. Organizations that received funding in 2023 are welcome to apply. The application will open on May 14, 2024.

Meet a grantee

Save The Bay: Protecting a vital Rhode Island treasure for all future generations to enjoy
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