Russell & Josephine Kott 1956


Russell & Josephine Kott Memorial Charitable Trust

The Russell & Josephine Kott Memorial Charitable Trust honors the lives of Russell and Josephine Kott. Their bequest created a resource that provides funding each year to support a range of charitable organizations that improve the lives of individuals, with an emphasis on gerontology. The Trust focuses on opportunities to provide grants that enhance services for seniors through educational internships, quality programs and capacity building for agencies serving seniors.

Service to Seniors

The impact of our grants can be felt in a variety of ways. Grants support programs in health and wellness, provision of basic needs, and community outreach and engagement. Grants for academic programs offer caregivers and nursing students improved education, training and meaningful research. Grants have also provided professional advocacy in the form of legal services and expanded training for nonprofit professionals who advise seniors on health care options. See below how our grants are impacting the community. 


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Healthy Living

Grants have provided senior-friendly exercise equipment, health and wellness programs that help seniors maintain their independence and quality of life.


Dental & Medical

Grants have expanded access to dental services for seniors; provided for transportation and telemedicine services; supported home visits and wellness checks with community outreach.


Basic Needs

Grants have allowed for healthy home-delivered meals and community cafes; provision of direct hunger relief, toiletries and other basic supplies to older adults.


Specialty Support

Grants have assisted in addressing social isolation for older adults living with dementia and provided engaging weekday activities for seniors with developmental and physical disabilities.


Training & Education

Grants have supported academic and experiential education for nursing students, graduate students and caregivers through meaningful research and service-based practice.


Professional Advocacy

Grants have provided legal services for low-income seniors and expanded training for nonprofits professionals who advise older adults on health care coverage options.

Kott Memorial Charitable Trust Grants

Grant funding to charitable organizations that improve the livelihood of individuals, especially through education or medical services, with an emphasis on such services for older adults.

Open Call for Letters of Intent

The Kott Memorial Charitable Trust's request for Letters of Intent is now closed. Grant declines and requests for full proposals will be shared with applicants by May 17, 2024. Any questions? Please reach out to Elizabeth Chadri at or at 708-848-1560.

Final Grant Reports

Recipients of Kott Memorial Charitable Trust grants are required to submit a final grant report so that we may learn about the work and impact the grant funding has helped to achieve. Final reports must be submitted in order to be considered for future funding. The 2023-24 Final Grant Report is due by November 15, 2024. Please email your report to Any questions about your report should also be sent to

Kott Gerontology Scholars Program

Supported since 2004 by grants from the Russell and Josephine Kott Memorial Charitable Trust, the Kott Gerontology Scholars Program awards paid internships to advanced graduate students attending universities in the chicago area to work with senior citizens. A full academic year of intensive training helps interns, representing a variety of professions, to develop skills that prepare them to create and deliver services to senior citizens after graduation. Internships are provided by a consortium of community-based agencies serving the elderly in suburban Chicago.

Applications for scholarships are accepted January 1 through May 1 and reviewed in the order they are received. Visit the website for more information and to apply online. 

Kott Gerontology Scholars Program


Contact Us

Russell & Josephine Kott Memorial Charitable Trust
1049 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60301

OP-RF Community Foundation