Philanthropic Hero Biography
Using financial resources garnered from talents in law,
banking, education and finance, Harrison Steans, his wife, Lois, and their
three daughters, co-founded the Steans Family Foundation in Chicago 14 years
ago. Committed to the belief that long-term personal involvement with
individuals can change lives and communities, the Steans Family
Foundation's mission is to improve community development in Chicago.
Specifically they are working to positively develop the North Lawndale
community, identified because of significant poverty and lack of community
The Steans have made a ten year commitment to North
Lawndale directing 95 percent of their Foundation's $1.5 million annual
grants budget directly into working with residents. This Lawndale Partnership
focuses on six broad sectors: capacity building/leadership, economic
development, education and youth development, housing, health and human
services, and quality of life.
In addition to his work on the family foundation, Mr.
Steans is involved with numerous Chicago based non-profits as both trustee and