Core Values

  • Results-oriented solutions to social problems
  • Effective and efficient use of time and resources
  • Sustainable practices
  • Meaningful collaborations

About Us

In 2009, after more than 60 years of family grantmaking under the name Arie and Ida Crown Memorial, Crown Family Philanthropies (CFP) was developed to represent an array of family grantmaking practices.

Our program areas include the Arts, Civic Affairs, Education, Environmental, Health, Human Services and Jewish causes. Dividing our philanthropic investments into the program areas listed above, all applicants must meet the basic as well as program-specific guidelines to be considered for funding. We have built the CFP model on a social contract of engagement, trust, and collective participation of family members to address aspirations for social change.

A social contract of engagement, trust, and collective participation.


At the end of the 19th century, Arie and Ida Crown emigrated from Eastern Europe and settled in Chicago with hopes of providing a better life and opportunities for their children. Despite meager beginnings, they were able to provide their children a stable home that was embedded in Jewish values and traditions.

Their upbringing created lifelong values that served as the foundation on which to build one of the most successful corporations in America, Material Service Corporation. In 1947, the Crown Family allocated a portion of the profits from the business to create a foundation that would allow them to give back to the country and communities that provided them with opportunities to prosper. Today their legacy lives on in the work continued by their descendants.

During the last 20 years, the Crown Family has supported various initiatives including:

  • Education
  • Poverty
  • Medical


1919 Material Service Corporation launched
1947 Arie and Ida Crown Memorial foundation established
1951 Material Service Foundation established
1959 Material Service Corporation merged with General Dynamics
1990 Covenant Foundation established
1997 Henry Crown Fellowship Program at Aspen Institute established
2009 Foundation restructured as Crown Family Philanthropies