2021 Annual Donors

$100,000 and up

S. Leigh Pierson Conant and Douglas R. Conant

The Meijer Foundation

Catherine Mouly and Ted Carlson

The Negaunee Foundation

Malcolm and Virginia O’Hagan

$50,000 – $99,999

Abra Prentice Foundation

Roger and Julie Baskes

Joan E. and Robert A. Clifford

John and Cathie Estey

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Jane Irwin

Steve and Jessica Sarowitz

BMO Harris Bank

Brinson Foundation

Bulley & Andrews LLC

Chicago Council for the American Writers Museum

Ellen and Don Clark

Efroymson Family Fund

Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust

Werner and Marleen Hein

Library of Congress

Gerry Gedroic Lichterman

Dominique Raccah and Raymond Bennett

Ralph and Evelyn Davis Family Foundation

S&C Electric Company

Larry Shulman and Rhonda Rochambeau

Lois Steans/Steans Family Foundation

Jerre and Mary Joy Stead

Wintrust Financial Corporation


Davinder K. Anand – The Neilom Foundation

Gail Bent

Scott and Beth Brady

Michael and Barbara Cabay

Marion Cameron-Gray

Michael T. Clune

Dr. Scholl Foundation

Jay and Robin Hammer

Hill and Cheryl Hammock

James and Carol Hansen

Ivan and Kathy Kane

Grove Mower and Brooke Hummer

National Electrical Manufacturers Association

Patrick O’Hagan and Paula Llaneza

ReaderLink, LLC

Revada Foundation

John and Jeanne Rowe

Roberta Rubin


Bedi Family Foundation

Lloyd and Kathryn Bettis

Norman and Virginia Bobins

Ann Bradley

Robert and Patricia Bridgeman

Paul and Amy Carbone

Carey Cranston and Ellen Tritschler

Carol and Gene Ludwig Family Foundation

Carolyn Curiel and Mark Van Fleet

Edith and Gerald Falk

Robert and Gena Franden

Maria C. Green

Robert and Mary Haft

The Hotchkiss Family

Hugh M. Hefner Foundation

Jastromb Family Philanthropic Fund

Glenn and Christine Kelly

Emily and Robert King

Martin J. Koldyke

Daniel Korengold and Martha Dippell

Coco and Ethan Meers

Milne Family Foundation

Richard and Mary Beth Murphy

Jossy Nebenzahl

Mark and Lisa Pattis

Judy Pomeranz

John and Diane Riley

Lynne and Larry Robinson

Burton and Sheli Rosenberg

Amanda and John Rutledge

Sarah Schrup

Michael Scodro and Tracey Zima Scodro

Alexander and Robin Stuart

Dan and Angela Yergin


Randall Albers and Anne Wright Schmidt

Sarah and Vincent Anderson

Marie Arana

Carol and Gary Berman

David and Katherine Bradley

Joseph Brennan and Leslie Shad

Robert and Patricia Bridgeman

John Cialone

John Cole

Robin and Edward Culbertson

John and Jane Demler

William and Joan Dutton

Jamal Edwards

Katherine Field Stephen

Barry and Jeanette Filderman

Catriona Gallagher

Games for Change

Art Garwin

Richard and Janice Grossman

Karen Hale

Dorothy Harza

Warren and Beverly Hayford

Brad and Lisa Henderson

Julie and Kevin Justie

John King

Stephen V. King

Barbara Kizziah

John and Patricia Koskinen

Shermin and Stuart Kruse

Laughing Acres Family Foundation Inc.

Ann McDermott

Tracy McGillivary

Madonna Merritt

Doug Meyer

Katy Mickelson

Susan Morris

Linda S. Nagarkatti

Isabel Notz Fiore

Charles A. O’Connor and Susan Plaeger

Sharon and Leon Oberlander

Zibby Owens

PJH & Associates, Inc.

Joseph L. Parker

Hyde and Ann Pearce

Neil Quinn

Chad Riley

Charles Rizzo

Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Stephen and Ann Ross

James Rutledge

John and Alice Sabl

Michael and Cynthia Scholl

Walt Sheffler

Clark and Marcia Silcox

Stanley and Donna Slabas

Marilyn Stewart

Helen Sullivan

Paul and Chandler Tagliabue

Mary Totten

April Tritschler

Therese Unumb and Philip Thompson.

Jon and Shari Vegosen

Irv and Carol Yoskowitz


Ann Adenbaum and Alan Schramm

Andrew Anway

Paco Aramburu

Jonathan and Olivia Bedi

Robert and Arlene Bein

Koula Berlin

JD and Jean Bindenagel

Amit Bindra

Terry Birkel and Ann Brown

Elysa J. Blacker

Judith Block

Kate Boege

Michelle Boone

Elaine and Joseph Borruso

Mary Boylan

Andrew Brown

Barbara Bulla Brown

Michael Burke

Briana Byrd and Tomorris Jocelyn

Jerry Callaghan and Carol Wells

Sally Campbell

Liz and Skip Coggin

Bonnie and Louis Cohen

Lisa Broner Cort and Bruce Cort

Romi Crawford

Sarah Crewe

Phillip and Julie Croll

Michelle Dayton

Nancy Dehmlow

Robert and Fran DelBoca

Regis and Elena Delmontagne

Tom and Jennifer Determan

Norm Edelson and Sandra Helton

Donald Evans

Jane Everham

Gail Fosler

Deborah and James Franczek

Susan and Paul Freehling

Friends of Judge Rena Marie Van Tine

Mark and Cindy Fuller

Linda Gels

Christine and John Giraudo

Geert Glas

Barbara Goodman and Seth Weinberger

Tom and Claire Goulding

Pati Griffith

Erin Grodnick

Heather Grove

Mike Gugerty and Ann Gibbons

John Hannant

Kate Harding

Laurie Holmes

Joseph Huyler and Jackie Johnson

Ned Jannotta

James Karagianis

Michael and Claire Kenny

Stephen Klasko

Karen Latchford

Deborah and Don Leavens

Robert Levin

Judy and Stephen Levin

Jaedene and Charles Levy

Edward Liebow and Erin Younger

Susan and Douglas Lyons

Michael L. Malkin

Morton J. Marcus

Helen Marlborough and Harry Roper

Declan McGovern

Erin McIntyre

Lyn and William McKay

Angela McLaughlin

Fredrick Miller and Diane Valente

Corinne Morrissey

Sheila Murphy

Shanti Nagarkatti

Bethany and Brandon Ngo

Mary Niehaus

Susan Noel

Jenny Notz

Alan and Patricia Pederson

David Power

Craig and Tara Primis

Kristen Prinz

Usha Raj

Mark and Laura Ratner

Patricia Ryan

David and Judith Saunders

Jonathan and Lauren Schwartz

Suzanne Shapiro

Evan Siegel

Christine and Paul Singer

Patti Smart

Mark Smith

Werner Sollors

Jeff Steck

Jo Ann Stevenson and Marshall Grate

David Sweet

Yixin Tang

Heather Townsend

John and Wendy Wall

Peter Walton and Laurel Greiman

Lisa Warshauer

Lorryane and Steve Weiss

Nike Whitcomb

Lance Wilkening

Audrey Williams-Lee

Ivy Wilson

Sally Wood

Debbie Wright

Shaun and Christina Zhang

Founding Patrons

The AWM is grateful to its Founding Patrons, who made leadership gifts in the early days of the museum’s development. Thanks to these generous friends, the AWM became a reality.

$1 million +

S. Leigh Pierson Conant and Douglas R. Conant

Malcolm and Virginia O’Hagan

Stead Family Foundation

$500,000 – $999,999

John and Cathie Estey

The Meijer Foundation

The Negaunee Foundation

Wintrust Financial

Roger and Julie Baskes

Jay and Robin Hammer

James and Carol Hansen


Bulley & Andrews

Maree G. Bullock, in memory of Jimmie R. Alford

Marion A. Cameron

Clune Construction

M. Hill and Cheryl Hammock

Jastromb Family Philanthrophic Fund

John and Mary Pappajohn

S&C Electric Company

BMO Harris Bank

Chicago Community Trust


Robert and Gena Franden

Joyce and Bruce Gates

Werner and Marleen Hein

Ivan and Kathy Kane

Marc Realty

Jim and Linda Mitchell

Catherine Mouly and Ted Carlson

National Endowment for the Humanities

Poetry Foundation

Roberta Rubin and Family

Abra Prentice Foundation, Inc.

Allstate Insurance Company

Lloyd and Kathryn Bettis

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Bobins, The Robert Thomas Bobins Foundation

Chicago Council of The American Writers Museum

Ellen and Don Clark

Robert A. and Joan E. Clifford

Combe Family


Daniel Korengold and Martha Dippell

The Donnelley Foundation

William and Joan Dutton

Frank and Gayle Eby

Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust

Stephanie and Roger Hochschild

Jane Irwin

Mr. and Mrs. Martin J. Koldyke

Komarek-Hyde McQueen Foundation

Chase Collins Levey

Gerry Gedroic Lichterman

The Descendants of General Alexander C. McClurg

Coco and Ethan Meers

Milne Family Foundation

Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols

Penguin Random House

Ralph and Evelyn Davis Family Foundation

H. John and Diane M. Riley Family Fund

Burton X. and Sheli Rosenberg

Larry Shulman and Rhonda Rochambeau

Robin and Sandy Stuart Foundation

Angela Stent and Daniel Yergin

Anonymous (3)

Tom and Mary Carmel Borders

The Brinson Foundation

Carey Cranston and Ellen Tritschler

Bill and Kittie Devers

Paul Dykstra and Spark Cremin

Joan and Kevin Evanich

Edith and Gerald Falk

Hachette Book Group

Ronne and Robert Hartfield

Harvey Hubbell Foundation

Beverly and Warren Hayford

IHS Markit

Jannotta Family Fund

Lamar, Lisa, Mary, Elaine and Paul Johnson

Macmillan Publishers

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Moss

Richard W. Muzzy and Susan Beebe Muzzy

Mr. and Mrs. Ray E. Newton, Jr.

Lynne and Larry Robinson

Sara Lee and Axel Schupf

Arch W. Shaw Foundation

Savills Studley

Nike B. Whitcomb