About the Chicago Headline Club Foundation

The Chicago Headline Club Foundation is an IRS-recognized 501c3 nonprofit devoted to providing education and related services to Chicago-area journalism.

Its mission is to provide funding to professional, student and citizen journalists for the enhancement of responsible and ethical media practices.

The CHC and the foundation work together to fund and administer the Les Brownlee Scholarship, which honors the trailblazing journalist and educator who was the first Black president of the Chicago Headline Club. Undergraduate students studying journalism at Chicago area colleges and universities are eligible to apply for the $5,000 Brownlee Scholarship. For more details about applying, see Scholarships.

The foundation also awards two $5,000 grants to nonprofit organizations each year. These grants enable organizations to hire and train interns for investigative journalism. Recent recipients have included The Chicago Reporter, Block Club and the Injustice Project. For details, see Grants for Media.

Scholarship winners and internship grant recipients are selected by the Chicago Headline Club Foundation board.

The foundation holds at least one fundraising event annually. It also receives a portion of the revenue from the Peter Lisagor Awards and the FOIA Fest to fund future activities.

The foundation also receives a grant from the Driehaus Foundation to support the Watchdog Fund for Investigative Reporting and the Watchdog Award for Excellence in Public Interest Reporting.

Your contributions are welcome at:
P.O. Box 10397
540 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60610-0397

We also would be grateful if you would include CHCF in your estate planning.

The foundation board of directors:

Molly McDonough
President
Creative Services Manager, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Media Strategist, McDonough Media LLC
 
Laura Washington
Vice President
Columnist, Chicago Sun-Times; Political Analyst, ABC-7 Chicago

Geneen Harston
Secretary
VP, News, Rivet 360
 
Greg Karp
Treasurer
Senior Writer, NerdWallet

Susan Stevens
Immediate Past President
Freelance Journalist 
 
Foundation Directors
 
Casey Bukro
Retired, Chicago Tribune
 
Howard Dubin
Chairman, Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
 
Dann Gire
Cinema Instructor, Loyola University Chicago; Film Critic, Chicago Daily Herald Film Critic
 
Storer H. Rowley
Adjunct Lecturer, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications;
School of Communication, MSC Program, Northwestern University
 
Stan Zoller
Independent Journalist