The Lisa Stone Pritzker Family Foundation helps create healthy, thriving, and empowered communities. Our primary interest is in supporting vulnerable populations, and we focus our support on health, education, and social activism for women, children, and teens. We believe in art’s power to enrich lives, and we also believe in strengthening the Jewish community and its connections to Israel.
The Foundation invests in organizations that demonstrate measurable impact and scale and are guided by strong professional and volunteer leadership. We also seek to leverage our support by strengthening networks of philanthropic leaders with similar goals. We are committed to working with partners invested in finding innovative ways to help people lead happy and productive lives.
About Our Founder and Chair
Lisa Stone Pritzker is an advocate and activist for the health and education of women, children and teens. She is the president and co-founder of a family foundation that works with organizations focusing on children’s health and education, the arts, and Jewish life and Israel. Lisa believes those who are blessed with financial resources are also blessed with responsibilities. Her goal has been to lead an authentic life that values tradition, passion, and purpose, and to model that behavior for her three sons and two daughters-in-law.
A Chicago native, Lisa’s commitment to philanthropy and community service were a central part of her upbringing. Her grandparents, the late Ida and Norman Stone, founded the Emergency Fund of Chicago in 1973. They wanted to provide a non-bureaucratic way to connect families in need with financial assistance and other critical resources. The Emergency Fund is now part of All Chicago Making Homelessness History, on whose board Lisa has served since 2008. Her work is also inspired by the dedication and commitment of her great uncle, Jerome Stone, who was the primary founder of the Alzheimer’s Association. The annual Jerome H. Stone Philanthropy Award continues his legacy by honoring individuals and organizations whose philanthropic efforts have had significant impact on global Alzheimer’s research.
Stone Pritzker has called the Bay Area home since 1984. In 2004, she was appointed to the First Five Commission, which funds statewide programs for children in their first five years of life. She has been a long-time volunteer for Safe and Sound (formerly the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center) including for their crisis hotline center. She is deeply involved in community building and civic life and has long supported the Alonzo King LINES Ballet. She serves on a variety of committees and boards, which include: the Board of Overseers for the University of California at San Francisco, Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Advisory Board for the Osher Center at UCSF. She is also on the Host Committee for the Jewish Funders Network’s 2019 International Conference, the National Advisory Council of Futures Without Violence, and the Leadership Council for Peer Health Exchange. She served on the Transition Policy Committee for San Francisco Mayor London Breed, is a past chair of Challenge Success, a Stanford University-seeded program, and is currently Co-Chair of the Strictly Business Leadership Council of Jewish Vocational Service (JVS).
Lisa received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in dance therapy and holds an MNA from the University of San Francisco. She is graduate of the Wexner Heritage program and also completed The Philanthropy Workshop (TPW), a year-long course that brings together philanthropists committed to making lasting, positive change. In 2011, The California Institute for Integral Studies recognized Lisa’s commitment to children’s health by awarding her an honorary doctorate.