University Makes Its First Donation to Obama Foundation

The University is matching up to $200,000 in funding for the Foundation’s community engagement efforts.


President Obama points to plans for the Center, scheduled to finish construction in Jackson Park within four years.

By Oren Oppenheim, News Editor

The University has donated over $100,000 to the Obama Foundation, according to a list of contributors updated two weeks ago. This is the University’s first financial donation to the foundation.

As initially reported by the Chicago Sun-Times, the Obama Foundation listed the University as a donor within the $100,001 to $250,000 range. “The University of Chicago is matching a portion of the Obama Foundation’s activities in community engagement up to $200,000, including its efforts to ensure that the Obama Presidential Center provides broad economic benefits for the South Side and the Chicago region,” a University spokesperson told the paper.

While this is the University’s first time donating money to the Obama Foundation, it is not the beginning of its involvement with the group. The Foundation’s headquarters are located in Harper Court in a University-owned building. In addition, the Foundation and the Harris School announced last month that a new master’s program will be run jointly by the two parties.

The Foundation’s plans for the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park, which are currently under federal review, have been a topic of debate on campus in recent months, including during a symposium hosted in Kent Hall on the Center’s impact on the community.