The Andrew Family has a deep history of commitment to the communities and the environment in which we live. We strive to create opportunities to enrich and improve the quality of life for under-resourced communities and to protect and preserve the natural environment of those communities. Edith G. and Edward J. Andrew and their five children founded the Andrew Family Foundation in Orland Park, IL in 1993 to continue the philanthropic legacy of Aileen S. and Victor J. Andrew, Ed’s parents and founders of ANDREW Corporation, and Kathryn C. and Burton S. Grant, Edie’s parents and active members in their community and church. Through the Foundation, the Andrew Family is committed to continuing the legacy of creating opportunity for generations to come.


The Andrew Family Foundation seeks to partner with one or more organizations that offer creative solutions which address issues facing under-resourced communities and protect and preserve the natural environment in which they live. Preference will be given to programs where these two interests intersect.

Our goal is to have an impact in the communities that lack access to economic and social opportunity and essential resources. We desire to work toward resolving these inequalities by alleviating disparities in food access, affordable housing, high quality education, physical and psychological healthcare, and/or criminal justice.

Additionally, we desire to support programs and organizations that address society’s responsibility to conserve our planet’s natural resources and promote environmental sustainability.

The Andrew Family Foundation intends to engage in long-term collaborations to affect measurable change. In addition to providing financial resources, we intend/expect to be actively involved in promoting the growth and expansion of the selected programs or organizations.

For purposes of this initiative, the Andrew Family Foundation will NOT consider programs that support public policy or provide funding for endowments or capital grants.


The Foundation will award grant(s) of up to $600,000 to be paid over a three-year period. The financial support will be restricted to a specific existing or new project or initiative and can include research to support the program. Preference will be given to organizations that have a potential for expansion opportunities with data driven results. The grant is contingent on the requirements outlined in the Grant Administration section and subject to the terms outlined under the Legal Compliance Disclaimer section.

  • Charitable Status. Applicant organization must have 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.
  • Geographic Funding Area. Program or initiative must be in the United States.
  • Organization Size. Annual Program Budget should be $1.0M to $4.0M
  • Level of Experience. Organizational leadership must have relevant program specific or nonprofit experience.
  • Board Engagement. Organization must be able to provide opportunity for significant involvement for our board members, such as membership on the Board of Directors of your organization.


Applications are processed through our online system administered by Foundation Source. Procedures for applying are as follows:

  1. On the "HOME" tab, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the "START" button to take the online eligibility quiz. (Note: when you get to the first question, you will need to select "Strategic Philanthropy Initiative" from the drop down menu, then hit "NEXT" to answer the eligibility questions.)
  2. If you pass the eligibility quiz, you will be asked to submit a letter of inquiry.
  3. The letter of inquiry must be completed by 11:00pm Central Time on Monday, March 15, 2021. Technical Support will only be available through Foundation Source between 9am-5pm Eastern Time. (We encourage you to submit your letter inquiry in sufficient time prior to the deadline to avoid any technical problems. Any LOIs received subsequent to the deadline will NOT be reviewed.)
  4. A committee appointed by the Andrew Family Foundation will review Letters of Inquiry February 1, 2021 through March 29, 2021.
  5. Selected organizations will be notified by March 30, 2021 and invited to complete full proposals. Qualified grant proposals will be reviewed by the committee. Applications not meeting the criteria may be declined and/or further information may be requested. Applications deemed ineligible will not be considered.
  6. Full proposals must be completed and submitted by 11:00pm Central Time on May 1, 2021. Technical Support will only be available through Foundation Source between 9am-5pm Eastern Time. (We encourage you to submit your proposal in sufficient time prior to the deadline to avoid any technical problems. Any proposals received subsequent to the deadline will not be considered for this grant.)
  7. The committee will select a limited number of organizations as finalists for further review. Site visits and interviews with the executive director and/or project director of each finalist will be conducted.
  8. The committee will make a recommendation to the Board of Directors of the Andrew Family Foundation. A final decision will be made and the organizations will be notified no later than November 30th, 2021.

Please note: All inquiries regarding the grant selection process or the application should be directed to

To help you prepare, please take a moment below to review the Proposal Requirements.


Generally, grant payments will be made on a quarterly basis. However, the Andrew Family Foundation has the discretion to set the appropriate schedule. The first grant disbursement will be made by within 30 days of grant notification.

Grant recipients will be required to provide verbal quarterly progress reports to the Andrew Family Foundation. A full narrative report will be due on an annual basis. The first narrative report will be due by November 1, 2022. The progress reports must include:

  • A measure of progress made on the program objectives using criteria presented in the grant application.
  • Narrative description of factors affecting the measure of progress.
  • Outlook on the projected sustainability of the program.
  • Unexpected barriers or unanticipated changes

Andrew Family Foundation designees may schedule periodic site visits to the organization(s) and to the location(s) where the funded program is executed.

The Andrew Family Foundation may from time to time request additional financial statements, independent audit reports, Internal Revenue Service filings, annual organizational budgets and other various information pertaining to organizational and program changes.


The Andrew Family Foundation reserves the right to discontinue grant payments if the recipient organization does not comply with the requirements outlined under Grant Administration. Furthermore, the Andrew Family Foundation retains the right to reduce or discontinue grant payments under circumstances where Andrew Family Foundation, at its sole discretion, deems the program may not meet its stated objectives.