The Prince Charitable Trusts were established in 1947 and operate as a family foundation supporting programs in Chicago, Illinois, Washington, DC and Newport, Rhode Island.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Friends of the Chicago River

Discover What's Important to us

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.

What’s important to us
  • We value collaboration; we work with community, foundation, and government partners to leverage resources and maximize impact. 
  • We recognize the importance of investing in innovative strategies that acknowledge, then alter, the structural causes of the issues we want to impact – from youth homelessness to environmental sustainability.   In striving for impact, our work seeks to address both immediate and long-term concerns at the root of these issues.
  • We celebrate and uphold the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals regardless of ethnicity, race, color, creed, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any veteran’s status. We fund organizations that share this core belief and exemplify it in their work.

The Prince Charitable Trusts values collaboration, and so are affiliated or have membership with the following organizations.

  • Chesapeake Bay Funders Network
  • Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy
  • Chicago Foundation for Women
  • Chicago Funders Together to End Homelessness
  • Chicago Youth Storage Initiative
  • Council on Foundations
  • Exponent Philanthropy
  • Forefront
  • Grantmakers in the Arts
  • Newport Funders Group
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders
  • The Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities
  • Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
  • Washington Regional Food Funders

*As of May 31, 2018

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Environmental Film Festival

Thank you

The Prince Charitable Trusts would like to thank the organizations — our grantees — whose beautiful photography and videos enhance our website and vividly demonstrate the incredible creativity, variety and interestingness of the programs we support.