The Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation
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Sandra Swantek, M.D., President
Pierre R. LeBreton, Ph.D., Vice-President
Esther Nieves, Treasurer
Rebekah Azar Rashidfarokhi, Secretary
Jennifer Arwade
Edward Jacob
Allen C. Wesolowski


Serena L. Moy
Executive Director

Laura Romero
Grants Manager

In Memoriam

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Barbara Bolsen, who passed away on August 16, 2023. Barbara Bolsen served on the Foundation's Board from 2009-2019 and served as Board President from 2015-2018. Barbara was a strong advocate for social justice. Barbara's leadership, compassion, and wit will be missed by all.


The Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation was founded in 1984 with the proceeds of the sale of Chicago's Ridgeway Hospital, a nonprofit psychiatric facility focusing on low-income adolescents. One of its primary funding areas is the support of nonprofit agencies which provide medical and psychological services to economically disadvantaged children and adolescents. Since then, the Foundation has expanded its mission to support nonprofit agencies that provide vital comprehensive health care and housing (homeless) services to the economically disadvantaged of all ages. As of September 30, 2023, it has provided $42.5 million in grants and program-related investments to a variety of health care and housing (homeless) services agencies.