The Pritzker Military Foundation Donates $700K to Military Organizations in Honor of Veterans Day and National Veteran and Military Families Month

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Funds support the construction of a comfort home for veterans and their families near a healthcare center, a World War II conference and an entrepreneurship program.

Hines VA Fisher House in Hines, Illinois.

Hines VA Fisher House in Hines, Illinois.
Hines VA Fisher House in Hines, Illinois.

Group photo of PenFed Foundation’s accelerator program 2023 spring cohort.

Group photo of PenFed Foundation's accelerator program 2023 spring cohort.
Group photo of PenFed Foundation’s accelerator program 2023 spring cohort.

Chicago, Nov. 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Pritzker Military Foundation announces grants totaling $700,000 to three military and veteran-focused nonprofit organizations in November, Military Veteran and Families Month. Funds will support the construction of a comfort home for veterans and their families near a healthcare center, through the Fisher House Foundation, the National World War II Museum’s International Conference and an Entrepreneur Training Program through The PenFed Foundation. 

“November is a month that celebrates gratitude and honors our veterans and military families. The Pritzker Military Foundation salutes our service members and extends a hand to empower these impactful organizations,” said Colonel (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired). “Through our grants, we strive to foster transformation, education, and support for our military communities across the country.”

Susan Rifkin, Chief Operating Officer of Philanthropic Activities for the Pritzker Military Foundation says, “During such a pivotal month dedicated to giving veterans the recognition they deserve, the Pritzker Military Foundation is committed to playing a role in expanding and strengthening the support that is currently available to veterans and their loved ones.”

The Pritzker Military Foundation joins in this recognition by donating to the following organizations:

  • Fisher House Foundation – $100,000 to support the construction of the North Chicago Fisher House at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center. The comfort house is free of charge for military and veteran families while a loved one is in the hospital. Expansion of the center will begin in spring 2024 and is expected to be completed within nine to twelve months. 

  • The National World War II Museum– $300,000 to support the Museum’s International Conference on World War II in 2023 and 2024 as the exclusive Presenting Sponsor. The conference is an educational event that brings together scholars, authors, historians, and witnesses to discuss the war’s key battles, personalities, strategies, issues, and controversies that changed the world. This year’s conference will be held on December 7-9.

  • The PenFed Foundation– $300,000 to provide support to entrepreneurs from the military community with new and innovative resources to strengthen and grow their businesses through the Veteran Entrepreneur Investment Program’s (VEIP) educational programming.  The VEIP exclusively supports veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs with highly scalable, startup companies.

The Pritzker Military Foundation is a private foundation that accepts applications by invitation only. There is no open application period.

About the Pritzker Military Foundation 
The Pritzker Military Foundation seeks to support the work of both the Pritzker Military Museum & Library—and similar nonprofit organizations—to preserve American military history, restore historic military artifacts and make them accessible to the public, and provide services and essential resources to active-duty military, veterans and families of service members in all branches of the United States Armed Forces. To learn more, visit www.pritzkermilitaryfoundation.org

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