The Elijah Glenn Ward Family Foundation is a public charity established in 2011 that is dedicated to nourishing, strengthening and stabilizing Chicago communities by providing innovative educational and socioeconomic support to individuals facing social challenges. It develops educational, health, economic and cultural initiatives to champion and empower the men, women and children of low-income and minority communities on Chicago’s South Side.
The Ward Foundation was inspired by the Ward Family story and the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. The Foundation operates out of the Susan M. Sanders, R.S.M. Teaching and Learning Center located at 2150 S. Canalport in the Lacuna Artist Lofts building of Chicago’s Pilsen Art District. The Sanders Center opened in March 2017 and is home to four programs: Chicago P.R.I.D.E., the Adelaide F. Ward GED Program, the My Brother’s / Sister’s Keeper Mentoring Program, and Mercy Job Bank.
Ward Foundation and its collaborators are currently planning the development of Ward Institute of Technology (WIT) and later Ward College.