Founded in 1996 by Marjorie B. Pelino, The Pelino Charitable Foundation is a family foundation principally concerned with providing opportunity to the disadvantaged, strengthening children and families, and improving the quality of people’s lives. Grants focus primarily on education, health-related and social service programs for women and children in the greater Chicago Area.
The Foundation was started by Marjorie with the intent to get the family involved and work together to give back. Marjorie, along with her late husband William Pelino, always believed in the importance of giving back to the community and to those in need. They have been able to provide their children many wonderful opportunities and wanted others to share similar experiences. Marjorie and her three daughters, Ann, Patricia and Carol now carry out these core family values and support programs that enrich the lives of others.
The Foundations’ priorities are education, health and social service programs. They are passionate about the positive impact of early childhood, literacy, and self-esteem programs for children. They are also a health-centered family that finds it important to support programs that promote physical well-being and offer health services in under-served communities.