Who We Help
The Benjamin B. Green-Field Foundation makes grants to a wide array of organizations that support and promote the interests of its benefactor. Organizations both big and small are aided, with some of the larger grants being made over a multiyear period. Each organization receiving a grant is evaluated by the foundation’s Board of Directors and deemed to fit the foundation’s criteria.
The Chicago History Museum
The Chicago Historical Society, founded in 1856 and renamed in 2006 to The Chicago History Museum, is Chicago’s oldest cultural institution. It contains millions of historical items, pictures and documents. Prior to his death Mr. Green-Field made a significant contribution to The Chicago Historical Society. The contribution funded The Benjamin B. Green-Field Gallery and in memory of his sister The Bessie Warshawsky Gallery. For over thirty years the galleries have paid tribute to Chicago’s cultural and historical heritage. Every year tens of thousands of children and adults visit the space and have the opportunity to learn from the gallery exhibits. Upon Ben’s death his business papers, clothing, memorabilia, and other personal effects were all donated to The Chicago History Museum and to this day are stored and categorized in the museum collection. The galleries have served as a fitting memorial to the legacy that both Ben and Bessie left to Chicago.
Photo: Benjamin Green-Field flanked by Mrs. A. Loring Rowe (left) and Mrs. Gardner H. Stern (right) at the opening reception of the exhibit of Bes-Ben hat displayed at the Chicago Historical Society, Chicago, Illinois, April 14, 1976.