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

$250,000 - $499,999

Roger and Julie Baskes

Jay and Robin Hammer

James and Carol Hansen

$100,000 - 249,999


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

$50,000 - $99,999

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

$25,000 - $49,999

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