Caerus, in Greek mythology, was the god of opportunity, luck, and favorable moments. He was a symbol of the fleeting moment in which things are possible, and suggests that one should seize opportunity as it approaches.
A private foundation established in Illinois in 2001, The Caerus Foundation aims to expand educational opportunities for young people, alleviate human suffering, cultivate a more inclusive arts community, and preserve the natural world.
To achieve these goals, the Foundation makes grants in four program areas: Arts, Education, Environment, and Global Health. The Foundation’s domestic grants support organizations and programs primarily in the cities of Chicago and San Francisco, as well as in the State of Wisconsin. International grants support activities across Africa and Asia, and in parts of Eastern Europe and Central America.