Grantee Profile


Grants to IFF

  • $100,000

    2014 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — IFF, a large Chicago-based Community Development Financial Institution, provides lending, financial packaging, and real estate consulting and development services to Midwestern non-profit corporations, housing providers, and developers, will use this grant to prepare four proposals to Chicago Public Schools as part of the CPS Building Repurposing Project. IFF will provide technical assistance to each of the four community-based organizations that have plans for the use of the school building: it may acquire, redevelop and operate the property on behalf of the community organization, or help provide financing for the group to acquire the property itself.

  • $125,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Inactive Grant)

    Impact Investments

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — This grant supports Impact 4, an affiliation of four of the nation’s largest Community Development Financial Institutions: IFF, Low Income Investment Fund, The Reinvestment Fund, and Capital Impact Partners, as they work collaboratively to develop new investment vehicles that allow for higher-scale investment and outcomes in their target geographies. This includes developing new financial products that may lead to increased investment in areas such as affordable housing, educational facilities development, and social service delivery; and opportunities for new types of investors that have not invested in community development before - individuals, donor advised funds, and pooled or participated foundation funds.

  • $100,000Active Strategy

    2007 (Inactive Grant)


    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of planning and technical support for the development of a community facility in Chicago's Mid-South and Near West Side areas.

  • $400,000Active Strategy

    2006 (Inactive Grant)


    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of planning and technical support for the development of community facilities in Chicago's Mid-South area.

  • $200,000Active Strategy

    2004 (Inactive Grant)


    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of activities relating to community facilities development, particularly for mixed-income sites in Chicago.

  • $80,000Active Strategy

    2003 (Inactive Grant)


    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — For an assessment of the community facility needs of neighborhoods that include mixed-income redevelopment sites.

  • $800,000Active Strategy

    2003 (Inactive Grant)

    Policy Research

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of strategic planning, policy research, and analysis (over three years).

  • $300,000Active Strategy

    2001 (Inactive Grant)

    Policy Research

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support policy, research, and technical assistance to increase the capacity of Illinois nonprofit groups to serve low-income children (over two years).

  • $75,000Active Strategy

    1999 (Inactive Grant)

    Policy Research

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To develop plans to enhance early childhood care and education in low-income communities in Chicago.

  • $1,400,000Active Strategy

    1999 (Duration 23 years, 5 months)

    Impact Investments

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support the Community Asset Builder Initiative (over five years), and a program-related investment to support bridge loans to Chicago nonprofit organizations that are developing facilities (over 10 years).

The MacArthur Foundation awarded IFF $3,580,000 between 1983 and 2015.

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