The Kemper Educational & Charitable Fund was established in 1961 by the Hon. James S. Kemper, Sr.  We grant to organizations in metro Chicago that support underserved populations. Program support is our priority; capital support is granted only to those organizations that we support with program grants. 

The foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.

Board of Directors

Brian Van Cleave, Chairman

Katie Shook, Secretary

Lynn Van Cleave

Patti Van Cleave, Executive Director

Hon. James S. Kemper, Sr.

Insurance Hall of Fame

In 1912, James S. Kemper, Sr. founded Lumbermens Mutual Casualty in Chicago, Illinois with an emphasis on workers compensation insurance. In the following decades, Mr. Kemper expanded the company’s insurance portfolio and revenues, eventually changing the firm’s trademark name to the Kemper Insurance Companies. He began a foundation to give back to the people of Chicago in 1942. In 1962, the assets of the foundation were split and the Kemper Educational and Charitable Fund was started.


Philanthropic Areas


Support of schools and other educational organizations that provide effective, innovative programming to children and youth.

Social Sevices

Program support for organizations that are providing programming that improves the lives of those they serve.

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