Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust Grant

Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust

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Grant amount: US $15,000 - US $2,785,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Cook County, Illinois

Location of residency: United States

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Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust is a private foundation practicing values-based grantmaking.

Because of this approach, a wide spectrum of funding opportunities falls within the scope of the Trust’s grant making.

The Trust's Values Statement:

  • Tenet 1—Promoting “THISS:” promoting, instilling, and/or reflecting the values of individual and/or organizational thrift, humility, industry, self-sacrifice, and/or self-sufficiency.
  • Tenet 2—Relieving Human Suffering: relieving human suffering by:
    • performing research and/or promoting education regarding the treatment of disease;
    • assisting youth who are from disadvantaged backgrounds, have troubled childhoods, have physical or mental disabilities, or experience emotional disorders;
    • addressing the concerns of the elderly; and/or
    • providing succor to humankind during time of natural or human-made disasters.
  • Tenet 3—Developing Individual Self-Esteem and Dignity: developing within individuals, especially youth from underserved and/or under-resourced communities, a sense of self-esteem and dignity.
  • Tenet 4—Encouraging Vigorous Athletic Activity: encouraging vigorous athletic activity, leading to physical health and/or spiritual well-being.
  • Tenet 5—Developing Regional Solutions to Chicago’s Regional Challenges: developing regional solutions to Chicago’s regional challenges, thereby protecting and/or improving the quality of life for all its citizens.

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  • The Trust only makes grants to Internal Revenue Code (“the Code”) Section 501(c)(3) organizations that are described in Sections 170(c)(2), 509(a), 2055(a), and 2522(a);
  • The Trust only makes grants to such foregoing organizations that primarily serve the residents of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois;
    • The Trust’s geographic focus is Chicago and Cook County, Illinois.
    • If an organization is located outside of this area, the Trust will still consider an application if the organization provides services to a significant number of persons who are residents of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois.


  • The Trust does not fund individuals, endowments, capital campaigns, political activity, or private foundations as defined under Section 509(a) of the Code;
  • While the Trust will support religious or sectarian organizations, the Trust will not fund programs of those organizations that proselytize or are sectarian in purpose;
  • The Trust does not make grants to purchase tickets or tables at fundraising events, regardless of whether it has made past grants to the organization.