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First Nonprofit funds a wide range of initiatives, including capital projects, direct services to populations in need, training and development programs and internal process improvements. We are especially interested in projects that can be replicated by other nonprofits and encourage all of our grant recipients to share models and programs with other organizations whenever possible.

We also serve the nonprofit community by speaking regularly at national seminars and conferences, offering free courses and training programs, providing thoughtful leadership, and publishing material that encourages best practices in the nonprofit sector. We believe it is critical to help nonprofits address a wide range of challenges so they can have the greatest impact in their communities.

If you feel that your project meets our Grant Guidelines, you can Apply to Become a Grant Candidate.

Our Commitment to Grantees

Achieving results depends on many factors, including the quality of our partnerships. We can achieve greater impact by forging stronger relationships with our most important partners—our grantees. We nurture these partnerships in three main ways.

Quality Interactions

You will be treated with respect and candor.

Clear and Consistent Communications

You will know who will make the decision on your grant and when the decision will be made. You will be provided clear communications on the foundation’s strategy, grant process, and the amount of time and assistance you could expect to receive
from the foundation once your grant is awarded.

Feedback

You will have opportunities to provide feedback—and we will use that feedback to make continuous improvements.

Recent Grants Awarded

Grantee
Month
Year
Grant Amount
Project Description
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida
July
2017
$2,500
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Little League International
July
2017
$2,500
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The Vista School
July
2017
$2,500
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Lily’s Garden
July
2017
$10,000
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North Shore Hebrew Academy
July
2017
$100,000
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The Common Wheel
July
2017
$30,000
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SAFE Austin
July
2017
$25,000
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One Hope United
July
2017
$25,000
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Concordia Place
July
2017
$20,000.
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Cheder Lubavitch Hebrew Day School
July
2017
$15,000
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Women’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity Project, Inc.
July
2017
$10,000
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Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts
July
2017
$8,171
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YMCA Camp Mason
July
2017
$4,500
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Bench Mark Program
July
2017
$5,000
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Healthy Steps Diaper Bank
July
2017
$3,750
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Westfield Area YMCA
March
2017
$75,000
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The Chicago Lighthouse
March
2017
$59,000
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Consumer Health Advocacy Group (Vaad Refuah)
March
2017
$50,000
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Lincoln Institute
March
2017
$49,915
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The Kidney Foundation of Central
March
2017
$40,500
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Spirit Open Equestrian Program
March
2017
$25,000
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New View Oklahoma
March
2017
$10,000
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ChildServ
March
2017
$8,575
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Lincoln Institute
November
2016
$1,500
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The Common Wheel
November
2016
$1,500
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Kidney Foundation of Central Pennsylvania
November
2016
$2,250
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Aaron’s Acres
November
2016
$5,892
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Walking Miracles Family
November
2016
$7,500
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Lancaster Science Center
November
2016
$8,180
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The Chicago Lighthouse
November
2016
$10,000
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National Runaway Safeline
November
2016
$33,000
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Nexus
November
2016
$33,000
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OHEL/Camp Kaylie
November
2016
$47,000
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UCAN
November
2016
$40,000
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The Cheder/Yeshiva & Mesivta Sholom Shachna
November
2016
$75,000
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NHS Human Services Foundation
March
2016
$100,000
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Whitaker Center for Science & the Arts
March
2016
$10,000
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Easter Seals Blake Foundation
March
2016
$5,000
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McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
March
2016
$100,000
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Nonprofit Risk Management Center
March
2016
$10,000
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Jewish Caring Network
March
2016
$66,910
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Services for the UnderServed
March
2016
$100,000
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Boro Park Hatzolah Emergency Corps
June
2015
$90,000
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Center for Educational Advancement
June
2015
$7,500
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ChildServ
June
2015
$25,000
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Congregation Bais Sina
June
2015
$25,000
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Vaad Refuah
June
2015
$50,000
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The Crisis Center, Inc.
June
2015
$20,000
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Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue
June
2015
$10,000
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Freedom Golf Association
June
2015
$10,000
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Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois
June
2015
$50,000
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National Runaway Safeline
June
2015
$50,000
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NewView Oklahoma
June
2015
$18,000
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Oak-Leyden Developmental Services
June
2015
$30,000
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OHEL
June
2015
$50,000
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Optimal Rhythms, Inc
June
2015
$19,200
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Prevent Blindness
June
2015
$25,000
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Shaare Zedek Medical Center
June
2015
$100,000
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SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program
June
2015
$25,000
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The Cheder
June
2015
$100,000
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The Chicago Lighthouse
June
2015
$50,000
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Women’s Business Development Center
June
2015
$10,000
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Black Diamond Charities
June
2015
$5,000
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Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida

July 2017 $2,500 Grant Awarded

Request Summary: This grant will fund help maintain the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida.

The Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for families with children receiving treatment at hospitals and medical facilities in Orlando.

There are three Ronald McDonald Houses in Orlando– one on the campus of Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, one on the campus of Florida Hospital for Children and one on the campus of Nemours Children’s Hospital. Each year, about 2,000 families stay with them to be close to their critically ill children. Families save more than $2 million in hotel costs alone every year.

Little League International

July 2017 $2,500 Grant Awarded

Request Summary: The grant for Little League International will help fund the program.

Little League International is an international pastime that has been a fabric of societies throughout the world for 75 years. Since its founding in 1939 by Carl Stotz, Little League has instilled leadership, character, courage and loyalty in all that participate, including the nearly 1.5 million adult volunteers. Little League can be found in more than 80 countries worldwide with more than 2.4 million children participating each year. Little League has celebrated many milestones due to the dedication of its players, parents and volunteers.

The Vista School

July 2017 $2,500 Grant Awarded

Request Summary: The Vista School is requesting an Epson BrightLink 697Ui Ultra Short-Throw Interactive Projector that mounts on the wall mount as well.

A group of highly committed parents and professionals, seeking to create an alternative educational and therapeutic program in Central Pennsylvania, established The Vista School® to prepare children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to function in the community with increasing independence.

Lily’s Garden

July 2017 $10,000 Grant Awarded

Request Summary:  The grant for Lily’s Garden will provide yearly support for research in childhood cancer through Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Lily’s Garden has now helped to raise over a million dollars! They have established both the Lily’s Garden Endowment and the Lily’s Garden Childhood Cancer Research Fund at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

North Shore Hebrew Academy

July 2017 $100,000 Grant Awarded

Request Summary: North Shore Hebrew Academy’s grant would modernize student classrooms with the latest in technology, new equipment, and furniture.

The North Shore Hebrew Academy High School strives, first and foremost, to combine the best of Jewish and General studies into an integrated, well-rounded, and personally rewarding education for each of its students. The school’s programs will enable each individual student to discover his or her own calling, be it in the classroom texts, the sciences, the arts, or the extracurricular realm. This will, of course, coincide with their commitment to give students the tools and the drive to succeed on the highest academic levels after they graduate. Yet it will serve an even greater responsibility: nurturing every student’s creativity and self-esteem in the area that best suits him or her during these most formative years. The North Shore Hebrew Academy High School will be similarly driven by a commitment to academic excellence in General Studies.

The Common Wheel

July 2017 $30,000 Grant Awarded

Request Summary: The Common Wheel’s grant funding will go to building a new website that will allow communication and interaction with all audiences in a way which drives action into core business funnels.

The Common Wheel is a donated shop where kids are taught how to repair abandoned bicycles so they may be used for transportation, recreation, and fitness. Once a bike is completed, the client gets to keep the bike. In the meantime, they learn all the mechanical skills to make sure the bike remains in good operational condition. Their vision is that bicycling will become more common, accepted, and safe and that the people who ride bikes will live fun, healthy, and environmentally conscious lives.

SAFE Austin

July 2017 $25,000 Grant Awarded

Request Summary: The proposed project will make a difference by purchasing new equipment and software that upgrades their security and Information Technology (IT) systems (described below). This, in turn, will enhance their ability to continue providing many services that enhance the safety and self-sufficiency of survivors, and of the Central Texas community. This will allow them to be more vigilant in protecting the safety of the abuse survivors.  Currently, the network backbone is pieced together from donations received over the past 10 years. The new IT backbone would be one system, where all components are compatible with minimal human intervention.

SAFE is an innovative merger of Austin Children’s Shelter (ACS) and SafePlace, two longtime, well-respected, abuse survivor-serving nonprofits in Austin, TX. Survivors of abuse come to SAFE Austin having endured terrible abuse and instability, and many face threats to their safety. The project will buy items to strengthen SAFE’s security and information technology.

One Hope United

July 2017 $25,000 Grant Awarded

Request Summary: One Hope United (OHU) is seeking support to build the technology for more than 2,000 children cared for in their early learning and child development centers.  Their request will partially support OHU’s Early Learning Center technology needs for this fiscal year making it possible to effectively deliver services to needy children and their families. The funding will be used to purchase some of the technology items needed for their Early Learning Centers including smart boards and iPads.

Not only does technology make it easier to access information, coordinate care and evaluate the performance of our programs, it helps at risk children and their families’ access resources that can improve their ability to perform on the same level as their peers academically.

One Hope United was created from the combined organizations Chicago Baptist Orphanage and Hudelson Baptist Children’s Home. The scope of services of both organizations evolved over the years, expanding to include foster care, clinical services and early childhood development. The two organizations entered into a management agreement in 1987, creating a historic partnership between the agencies. In 2001, they expanded their services to Florida during the state’s transition to child welfare privatization. In 2004, they transformed into a federated partnership to become a national organization working toward the same mission: protecting children and strengthening families. In January 2010, as a federation, they changed their name to One Hope United. They are uniquely positioned to advance the mission throughout their service areas by providing a diverse array of prevention, intervention and community-based support programs to vulnerable, high-risk populations, as well as education and advocacy on the local, state and national levels.

Concordia Place

July 2017 $20,000. Grant Awarded

Request Summary: After their network being held hostage by a hacker in 2015, Concordia Place will be using their grant to update their technology. The project will provide parents with 24/7 online access to their account; automatically integrate web inquiries from prospective parents into the database; add capacity for new email accounts as they grow by leveraging cloud storage, processing and security; centralize data to avoid server acquisition/maintenance at each center; leverage expertise and professional systems to secure data. Families needing child care will get timely responses on availability. Sensitive data will be secure.

Concordia Place is celebrating 35 years of serving Chicago’s children and families. They started as a small community program out of a church basement and have has grown to a multi-generational organization that serves 800 young children, teens, adults, and seniors each year.

Cheder Lubavitch Hebrew Day School

July 2017 $15,000 Grant Awarded

Request Summary: The S. J. Abrams Cheder Lubavitch Hebrew Day School’s grant funds will be used to equip an outdoor physical education program.

Cheder Lubavitch Hebrew Day School seeks to offer its students the warmth and love of the traditional Yiddish cheder, while utilizing modern technology and teaching techniques. Since its founding with five students in 1979, the school’s separate programs for boys and girls (Pre-K-8) have provided an integrated religious and secular education under the guidance of highly qualified teachers in both arenas.

Women’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity Project, Inc.

July 2017 $10,000 Grant Awarded

Request Summary: Women’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity Project will be using their grant to support the development of “WOMEN GO MOBILE.” This is a mobile device app that provides instant access to resources for women, including but not limited to employment opportunities.

WEOP is an award-winning nonprofit organization that promotes the economic advancement of women, with an emphasis on women of color. Women need resources and skills, equal access to business/career opportunities, and the ability to make sound decisions about their economic future.  Their work is focused on initiatives that empower women with skills, information, and resources. WEOP has received many proclamations recognizing their good work in the Georgia community.

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts

July 2017 $8,171 Grant Awarded

Request Summary: Funding from First Nonprofit Foundation will be used for replacing obsolete computers and printers; migrating emails, contact lists and calendars to Office 365; decommissioning 15-year old server and removing it from network; migrating files from server to SharePoint to allow for Cloud access; implementing OneDrive for Business by syncing files from SharePoint to local computers; upgrading software, including Office 2016, QuickBooks and Adobe Creative Suite.

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts is a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to ensuring that all Pennsylvanians can come to court with confidence that they will be heard by qualified, fair, and impartial judges. PMC functions as a court watchdog. They identify and speak out on issues that impact the public’s confidence in the courts, and then they work proactively, constructively, and cooperatively to reform and modernize the judiciary.  They serve as a highly-respected information hub for the public, the policymakers, the legal community, the courts, and the media. They are a champion in eliminating the bias in Pennsylvania’s courts in all its forms

YMCA Camp Mason

July 2017 $4,500 Grant Awarded

Request Summary: YMCA Camp Mason grant money will fund the design, production, and dissemination of replicable training materials across a large YMCA population: “training the trainer” program.  The volunteers are trained to work with families going through the grief cycle.

Founded in 1900, YMCA Camp Mason has served more than 500,000 children and families since inception. Their 460-acre site offers incredible opportunities for outdoor activities. A place where kids can be kids! They are a community that values friendship and encourages each member to do their best. A camp that’s big enough to offer a wide range of programs, yet small enough to ensure that every camper receives individual attention and is valued as a person.

Bench Mark Program

July 2017 $5,000 Grant Awarded

Request Summary: The grant from First Nonprofit Foundation will be used by Bench Mark Program for the cost of the equipment for a Commercial Gym Member Tracking System. This tracking system records the flow of clients to substantiate the activity level for the local law enforcement and education departments and to better equip the organization to engage in fundraising.

Bench Mark Program invests in at-risk youth by providing them with the brotherhood, protection, and opportunity that comes with the lifestyle of the streets – without the risk. They are a strength-based family of mentors who use exercise, academics, and career counseling as the means to attaining a successful future. While life on the streets is temporary, Bench Mark Program commits to students’ well-being and happiness for as long as they need.

Healthy Steps Diaper Bank

July 2017 $3,750 Grant Awarded

Request Summary: Healthy Steps Diaper Bank will be utilizing their First Nonprofit Foundation grant to purchase an ordering, inventory, and reporting system. This new system will be used to increase management efficiency, enhance delivery of services, and to ensure the accuracy of data.

Healthy Steps Diaper Bank’s mission is to keep children clean, dry, and healthy. This is a critical piece in building a solid foundation for children to be able to reach their full potential. Currently, they are providing 20,000 diapers per month to area families in need of this critical necessity. They are unique, in that they are the only diaper bank in the Greater Harrisburg area.

Westfield Area YMCA

March 2017 $75,000 Grant Awarded

Request Summary: Funding from the First Nonprofit Foundation will be utilized to purchase the materials necessary to develop an Inclusive Dance Studio and Creative Space at their Garwood Family Center Y. The new space will include both special-needs specific and inclusive dance and creative programs. The project will cost an estimated $125,000. The Westfield Area Y will utilize $50,000 from capital reserves for all labor and construction costs. The grant would cover materials including: highly durable Marley Dance Flooring, made of slip-resistant material, shatterproof mirrors, age- and height-adjustable hinged ballet barres, a sound system, dance-related program supplies for students.

Once the program is running they will sustain the program through modest program fees. The Y will offer a scholarship to anyone that requires financial assistance to participate. They will create specialized classes appropriate for young adults, children and youth with special needs and older adults with specific health challenges such as Parkinson’s. They will also create inclusion classes for children and youth. No other programming of its kind is available in the community now. Programs in the new Dance Studio and Creative Space will be staffed by experienced Westfield Area Y teachers and dance instructors and supported by a certified therapeutic recreation specialist. The program is innovative and will be sustainable and marketable to other organizations.

This YMCA was formed in 1868. With over 10,000 members, the Westfield Area Y has varied its programs to meet the needs of each new generation while honoring the continued commitment to help develop strong character. Programs today continue to cultivate honesty and respect as they emphasize the importance of responsibility and caring for entire families.

The Chicago Lighthouse

March 2017 $59,000 Grant Awarded

Request Summary: Visionaries, the award-winning public television series hosted by Sam Waterston, is proposing a documentary film that would highlight the Chicago Lighthouse whose bold yet simple mission “is to provide a community of comprehensive care for people of all ages who are blind, visually impaired, disabled and veterans”. In the fall of 2016, Visionaries traveled to Chicago to gather The Lighthouse’s story through the words of volunteers, staff members, and beneficiaries. The film will focus on the customer service centers; the Assistive Technology program; assistive devices and independent living aids. The blended preschool program, which brings together children with and without visual impairments to instill sensitivity and tolerance for diversity from a young age; and the Pangere Center for Inherited Retinal Diseases, which uses technological equipment and discoveries in biomedical research to advance treatment strategies.

The program will be edited and available for satellite distribution via an ACCESS feed in June 2017. All public television stations in the country will be offered the program free of charge and will be licensed for unlimited, nonexclusive broadcast for two years. The Visionaries series airs on public television stations across the country. Visionaries has aired and is available to 73 million households.

Now celebrating its 110th anniversary, The Chicago Lighthouse has been a trendsetter in offering innovative programs in vision rehabilitation, education (including early intervention), employment, assistive technology and many other critical areas. Dedicated by Helen Keller, the program today offers comprehensive vision care that is unsurpassed anywhere. The Lighthouse would also enter a partnership with the Veterans Administration that will further enhance its mission to serve a growing demographic in need – Veterans.

Consumer Health Advocacy Group (Vaad Refuah)

March 2017 $50,000 Grant Awarded

Request Summary: Funding to print and nationally circulate a program named “Save a Life.” It is a series of booklets designed for elementary kids and teachers. The series includes a kids’ workbook, teacher workbook and materials packet. There are stories across the country where very young children knew to dial 911 or seek help when another child or adult had fallen and needed assistance. The goal is to circulate these materials nationally. Previously, a small pamphlet was sent to principals explaining the program. There has been a lot of research and determined that in addition to private schools most public schools nationwide are not teaching first aid to elementary students. This program will be saving lives.

A Health Care Consumer / Hospital Patient Advocacy Group -Vaad Refuah is a not-for-profit organization, dedicated to monitor, report to, and inform the community regarding the quality of health and preventive care provided at local hospitals and health care organizations. They compile data and information, compile satisfaction ratings from health care consumers and hospital patients based on their experience. They educate and inform the public. They are taught about patient rights – a project the foundation assisted with previously. They promote training and hiring programs in the community for job development in the Healthcare Profession and Industry.

The publication will be added to the Foundation website as a resource.

Lincoln Institute

March 2017 $49,915 Grant Awarded

Request Summary: Funding will open the channels to create a new and more interactive functional website. The old site has been around about since 2003. It was built on many different platforms and lacks the flexibility to continue to serve the organization’s mission. The new site will allow the organization to reach out to more readers and conduct research on the site.

Founded in 1993, the mission of the Lincoln Institute is: “To promote the ideals of free market economics, individual liberty, and limited government through the conduct of public opinion research and related educational programs.” The Lincoln Institute accepts no government money and is completely funded by philanthropic grant making foundations, corporations, and individuals.

PA town Hall primary focus in Pennsylvania public policy and a secondary focus on national public policy as it relates to policy in Pennsylvania.

The Kidney Foundation of Central

March 2017 $40,500 Grant Awarded

Request Summary: Upgrade the KFCP website design and development to promote the KFCP brand and its appeal. The current site is more than five year’s old. A modern website would facilitate and encourage online donations and enhance the growth of the Foundation via an innovative, engaging, interactive, and educational resource in support of kidney patients, caregivers, families, medical providers and professionals, and self-advocates whose lives are affected by chronic kidney disease.

The KFCP website is a critical part of the Foundation’s marketing system. It provides information to a wide range of audiences, with a focus on generating revenue through donations, event attendance and sponsorships. The KFCP site provides valuable resources, content, news, and event information to both new and returning users. It is a platform for information, education, and collaboration.

The Foundation has gone through due diligence for building the new website with Synapse Marketing Solutions.

The Kidney Foundation of Central Pennsylvania (KFCP) serves patients in 28 counties in central Pennsylvania, from the New York border in the north, to the Maryland border in the south. Founded in 1979 by Alyce Spector of Harrisburg, the Kidney Foundation of Central Pennsylvania is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to providing community-based education about chronic kidney disease, services and support to people whose lives are impacted by kidney disease, and advocacy for more living organ donation to reduce the wait for a life-saving kidney transplant.

Spirit Open Equestrian Program

March 2017 $25,000 Grant Awarded

Request Summary: Spirit Open Equestrian has had some facility issues, formerly renting space from a private organization. They just secured a long-term lease with the Fairfax County Park Authority, assuring them long-term opportunity to serve challenged seniors and youth. The funds will be used to outfit the facilities to provide many kinds of services and therapies. These improvements and benefits will be long-term for the organization.

The Spirit mission is to provide therapy, learning and improvement of life skills healing of the body, mind and spirit – using Equine-Assisted Activities. SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program, Inc. was founded 2007, and since then, has become a well-established organization providing Therapeutic and Educational Equestrian activities and services for the Fairfax County Park Authority. The program serves up to 100 participants monthly, over 500 total since beginning. Hundreds of volunteers support all the activities, with thousands of working hours yearly, from farm work and horse care, office and accounting, to daily participating in program activities as side walkers for therapeutic riding clients or leaders for horses. Targeting groups are clients of Equine Assisted Learning Group (Youth in risk), Therapeutic Riding Program (Children with disabilities), and caregivers with seniors with mild stage of dementia, from Community Centers in the area. At Equine Assisted Learning Project with the help of horses they teach about love, trust, communication, empathy, appropriate boundaries, healthy conflict resolution, teamwork, creativity, honesty, patience, and resilience.

New View Oklahoma

March 2017 $10,000 Grant Awarded

Request Summary: NewView Oklahoma requests $20,000 to purchase the following items for the “Keys to Work” computer lab: Hardware for five seat labs (computers, monitors, screens, speakers, high contrast keyboards and battery backup units) – $9,000 and operating and Adaptive Software for five seat labs: MS Office, JAWS screen reading, Magic magnification, Open Book OCR, Talking Typer, Focus Forty Braille Display – $12,000

Since 1949, NewView Oklahoma has been providing a life-changing source of hope and empowerment for those in Oklahoma living with blindness and vision impairment. They strive to give so much more than a helping hand – but to give everyone who walks through their doors the opportunity to live with the independence so many have lost. They enjoy numerous awards given for partnership and accomplishment from many sources.

ChildServ

March 2017 $8,575 Grant Awarded

Request Summary: Grant support finance software.

Founded in 1849, it’s modern day mission is “Building a better life for children at risk.” Their vision is “We will be an innovative, nimble leader in providing high-quality, effective services to support children, youth and communities in meeting the ever-changing challenges of society.” ChildServ seeks support for technology improvements that will improve the efficiency of their agency and ultimately help build better lives for at-risk children and their families in metropolitan Chicago.

A Grant supporting finance software would make an incredible difference in the efficiency of ChildServ’s operations. The software that has been used by ChildServ prior to this changeover is DOS-based, requires manual allocations and lacks integration with other programs like Excel; integration can greatly improve the speed at which their Finance Department can produce reports for fundraising and administrative oversight purposes. Ultimately, this new software will allow ChildServ to reduce time and resources spent on finance staffing, allowing them to put as many of their dollars into programs.

Specifically, First Nonprofit’s grant will support the purchase of Financial Edge software, training and maintenance, occurring within Fiscal Year 2017. The software fee is $300, with a $4,150 maintenance fee, and a $4,125 training fee for their Finance Department to learn the new software.

Lincoln Institute

November 2016 $1,500 Grant Awarded

Founded in 1993, the mission of the Lincoln Institute is: “To promote the ideals of free market economics, individual liberty, and limited government through the conduct of public opinion research and related educational programs.” The Lincoln Institute accepts no government money and is completely funded by philanthropic grant making foundations, corporations, and individuals.

The Common Wheel

November 2016 $1,500 Grant Awarded

Their mission is to improve lives in Lancaster through the power of bikes. 70% of all car trips in the U.S. are under two miles. Empowering more people to replace these short car trips with trips by bike can have a tremendous impact on everyone in the community. They transformed an old, abandoned pump house in Reservoir Park into a community bike shop where kids and adults now learn the basic maintenance and riding skills necessary to make biking a part of their everyday lives.

Kidney Foundation of Central Pennsylvania

November 2016 $2,250 Grant Awarded

The Kidney Foundation of Central Pennsylvania (KFCP) serves patients in 28 counties in central Pennsylvania, from the New York border in the north, to the Maryland border in the south. Founded in 1979 the Kidney Foundation of Central Pennsylvania is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to providing community-based education about chronic kidney disease, services and support to people whose lives are impacted by kidney disease, and advocacy for more living organ donation to reduce the wait for a life-saving kidney transplant.

Aaron’s Acres

November 2016 $5,892 Grant Awarded

Aaron’s Acres provides individuals with special needs ages 5-21 year-round therapeutically based age-appropriate recreational programs directed by specially trained and certified staff in a supportive environment that enhances socialization and communication skills. Emotional, educational, and recreational support is offered for the entire family.

Walking Miracles Family

November 2016 $7,500 Grant Awarded

Walking Miracles is a West Virginia 501c3 nonprofit organization that empowers children, young adults, adolescent, childhood cancer survivors and their families by connecting them to resources and referral networks that provide awareness, hope, and support through their cancer journey.

Lancaster Science Center

November 2016 $8,180 Grant Awarded

Compared to other countries, the United States’ progress in math and science is slowing down. Fewer people are studying in technical fields. The Lancaster Science Factory, along with science centers across the country, is playing a role in renewing interests in math, science, technology, and engineering.

One of our volunteers from Girls Code Club, a local, self-taught computer programmer, posted a really nice write-up about her experiences during the first year of GCC. Thank you again so much for making this program possible! We’re very excited about expanding the program to reach even more kids next year…

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The Chicago Lighthouse

November 2016 $10,000 Grant Awarded

Now celebrating its 110th anniversary, The Chicago Lighthouse has been a trendsetter in offering innovative programs in vision rehabilitation, education (including early intervention), employment, assistive technology and many other critical areas. Dedicated by Helen Keller, the program today offers comprehensive vision care that is unsurpassed anywhere. The Lighthouse would also enter a partnership with the Veterans Administration that will further enhance its mission to serve a growing demographic in need – Veterans.

National Runaway Safeline

November 2016 $33,000 Grant Awarded

NRS provides telephone and digital based crisis intervention services to runaway, homeless and at-risk youth 24/7/365. In June 2015, NRS launched a new youth focused website that featured direct links to the digital services platforms. The impact caused an increase in all services.

Nexus

November 2016 $33,000 Grant Awarded

Nexus has been a progressive, nationally recognized leader in youth and adolescent services for more than 40 years. They started in 1972 under the name Port Alpha in downtown Minneapolis, providing long-term residential rehabilitative treatment for adult males from the Hennepin County court system. Later, they earned a national reputation as a leader in residential treatment for harmful sexual behaviors. Today, Nexus is a nonprofit, 501(C)(3) organization, headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota, serving more than 700 at-risk youth per day from around the nation at five residential treatment sites in Minnesota, Illinois, and Maryland.

OHEL/Camp Kaylie

November 2016 $47,000 Grant Awarded

Camp Kaylie integrates youth with physical and emotional challenges with youth that are not as obviously challenged to teach values and relationship building in a fun and supervised environment.

UCAN

November 2016 $40,000 Grant Awarded

UCAN strives to build strong youth and families through compassionate healing, education and empowerment. UCAN operates under the cornerstones of a consistent presence, meaningful programming and unrivaled diversity. Founded 145 years ago as a Civil War orphanage, they are one of Chicago’s oldest, and most innovative, social service agencies. UCAN serves 10,000 at-risk children, youth and families across Illinois through more than 30 programs which creates a healing process for youth who have experienced trauma and provide a continuum of care.

The Cheder/Yeshiva & Mesivta Sholom Shachna

November 2016 $75,000 Grant Awarded

Pedagogic instruction is planned in accordance with the learning styles of each of these students. The Cheder targets additional learning supports for struggling students and has tutors work closely with them to review what is learned. Students also receive academic enrichment, help with homework and extracurricular recreational activities.

NHS Human Services Foundation

March 2016 $100,000 Grant Awarded

NHS is undergoing a culture change initiative to incorporate best practices for clinical, organizational change, and workplace learning to support the implementation of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC)* and trauma specific treatment. First Nonprofit Foundation’s investment in NHS is helping to move this important initiative forward.

Whitaker Center for Science & the Arts

March 2016 $10,000 Grant Awarded

Whitaker Center will be using the grant to redesign whitakercenter.org to make the website mobile-responsive, support retina (high-resolution) display and improve/create a variety of additional features.

Easter Seals Blake Foundation

March 2016 $5,000 Grant Awarded

The project’s main goal is to develop and implement a best-practice demonstration model for ESBF’s direct care workforce serving people with disabilities in Pima County, Arizona, improving retention, training, and development.

McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine

March 2016 $100,000 Grant Awarded

The focus of the project is to advance the maturation of quality systems at the McGowan Institute’s Center for Preclinical Studies and to institutionalize the most effective processes by working in conjunction with the Good Research Practice- Data Reproducibility Initiative to develop processes and promote the advantages of adopting quality management systems in academic research environments.

Nonprofit Risk Management Center

March 2016 $10,000 Grant Awarded

The Nonprofit Risk Management Center is developing an app that will help nonprofit leaders benchmark their risk management activities against other nonprofits.

Jewish Caring Network

March 2016 $66,910 Grant Awarded

JCN, with the generous grant from First Nonprofit Foundation, will create an online community where families can connect, share stories, medical information, and learn about upcoming programs and events, as well as listen to inspirational speakers, and most importantly, gain strength from one another.

Services for the UnderServed

March 2016 $100,000 Grant Awarded

The $100,000 grant from First Nonprofit Foundation was used to customize, install and implement Yardi – a comprehensive, state-of-the-art property management software system that will enable SUS to efficiently and effectively manage our expansive portfolio.

Boro Park Hatzolah Emergency Corps

June 2015 $90,000 Grant Awarded

BPHVC will be using the new grant to fund a state-of-the-art dispatch system for the Corps’ new headquarters. The new system will provide capabilities such as parallel response to multiple calls and automatic caller location.

Center for Educational Advancement

June 2015 $7,500 Grant Awarded

CEA to fund plumbing and electrical work for an enhanced food preparation area in the organization’s Culinary Arts Training center

ChildServ

June 2015 $25,000 Grant Awarded

The new technology will serve ChildServ’s strategic goal of bringing together internal stakeholders including programs, advocacy, evaluation, marketing, resource development, finance and human resources through enhanced information sharing.

Congregation Bais Sina

June 2015 $25,000 Grant Awarded

Congregation Bais Sina in Brooklyn, New York will use their grant to provide literature and finishing work in its new, more spacious, state-of-the-art facility in order to serve its Brooklyn community.

Vaad Refuah

June 2015 $50,000 Grant Awarded

The Vaad Refuah was awarded a grant to create a workbook to help thousands of families navigate the treacherous waters of the health care system.

The Crisis Center, Inc.

June 2015 $20,000 Grant Awarded

Listening Ear will use the grant to replace an aging accounting system with a new scalable system designed for use by nonprofits.

Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue

June 2015 $10,000 Grant Awarded

The DVGRR is using their grant to replace the server that manages their operations, including medical records, adoption records, prior owner records, accounting, scanned private documents, inventory, and every other DVGRR function.

Freedom Golf Association

June 2015 $10,000 Grant Awarded

This grant will fund two adaptive golf coaching workshops in 2015 with the goal of expanding the pool of coaches trained to teach adaptive golf.

Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois

June 2015 $50,000 Grant Awarded

The grant will help to assess the impact of Regenerations, the organization’s program to serve youth who are in the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services and involved in the juvenile justice system.

National Runaway Safeline

June 2015 $50,000 Grant Awarded

The National Runaway Safeline (NRS) will use this grant to enhance its crisis hotline and online services facilities. In addition, modular tables on wheels will be added to allow NRS to optimize its space for various training programs

NewView Oklahoma

June 2015 $18,000 Grant Awarded

The purpose of this grant is to purchase a Point of Sale Scanning System (POS) to track and manage inventories for its sales and loaned equipment operations in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

Oak-Leyden Developmental Services

June 2015 $30,000 Grant Awarded

Oak-Leyden is creating a new website as part of a rebranding effort. The redesign will convey Oak-Leyden’s new messaging and present a positive public image in a very competitive market, promoting public awareness, fundraising and volunteer recruitment.

OHEL

June 2015 $50,000 Grant Awarded

Strive Recreational Therapy Services will use the grant to help fund the Rising From Divorce Project. The project involves production and dissemination of an original 30-minute film featuring clergy, mental health professionals, people who have experienced divorce and adult children of divorce.

Optimal Rhythms, Inc

June 2015 $19,200 Grant Awarded

Optimal Rhythms is using their grant to conduct a study of the agency’s cutting-edge programs for people with autism. This groundbreaking research will not only benefit the agency’s current students, but could fundamentally transform the present understanding of autism and its treatment.

Prevent Blindness

June 2015 $25,000 Grant Awarded

The grant will help to fund technical efforts to increase coordination among state health agencies, vision care providers and community organizations.

Shaare Zedek Medical Center

June 2015 $100,000 Grant Awarded

Shaare Zedek Medical Center use the grant to update its innovative patient monitoring system with radiofrequency identification (RFID) technology. The project will reduce operational inefficiencies, enhance Shaare Zedek’s lifesaving technologies, and serve other nonprofits through outreach and modeling.

SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program

June 2015 $25,000 Grant Awarded

(SPIRIT OEP), a therapeutic riding center in Great Falls, Virginia, to fund the organization’s Equine Assisted Learning Program. Participants work around the farm and with the horses in a safe and caring environment, learning empathy, respect, responsibility, trust, and teamwork.

The Cheder

June 2015 $100,000 Grant Awarded

Cheder & Mesivta Sholom Shachna, a boys’ school in Brooklyn, New York, will be using their grant to help fund a resource room teacher, tutors to help learning disabled students within mainstream classes, and private neuro-psychological testing.

The Chicago Lighthouse

June 2015 $50,000 Grant Awarded

The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired is completely rebuilding the agency’s website to make it compatible with adaptive technology for people with vision impairments.

Women’s Business Development Center

June 2015 $10,000 Grant Awarded

Grant funding will support ten ‘Woman Warrior Wednesdays’ (W3) events. W3’s are outreach events for women who have served in the military.

Black Diamond Charities

June 2015 $5,000 Grant Awarded

The Black Diamond Charities grant provides support to school children and veterans, to develop a project management training class for veterans who want to strengthen their resumes and improve their job skills. Participants will learn how to develop skills acquired in the military and apply them to projects in the business world through lectures, exercises and coaching.