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How We Help

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
Shalom Torah Academy of Central New Jersey
March
2019
$50,000
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Olami
March
2019
$50,000
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Brave Hearts
March
2019
$53,000
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Reach Out and Read
March
2019
$35,000
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Memory Matters
March
2019
$25,000
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Shalom House
March
2019
$21,345
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Services for the UnderServed (SUS)
March
2019
$20,000
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Westmoreland Sanctuary
March
2019
$20,000
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Mercy Homes for Boys & Girls
March
2019
$18,000
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ChildServ
March
2019
$18,000
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Muslims for Progressive Values
March
2019
$15,000
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Mobile Loaves & Fishes
March
2019
$15,000
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Kids In Distress
March
2019
$15,000
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EquiTeam Support Services
March
2019
$12,000
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Philadelphia Boys Gymnastics
March
2019
$10,200
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Walking Miracles
March
2019
$10,000
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The Safe Alliance (SAFE)
March
2019
$10,000
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Archie’s Place dba Archie’s Math
March
2019
$10,000
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Hospice Care of the Lowcountry
March
2019
$5,000
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Teal It’s Gone (TEAL)
March
2019
$5,000
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Sea Haven
March
2019
$5,000
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Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York
March
2019
$5,000
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Community Living & Support Services (CLASS)
March
2019
$5,000
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New Leash on Life USA
March
2019
$1,500
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Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts
November
2018
$4,500
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Our House, Inc.
November
2018
$25,000
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Operation Healing Forces
November
2018
$25,000
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Lutheran Child and Family Services
November
2018
$25,000
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Let's Empower Everyone Inc.
November
2018
$2,500
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EquiTeam Support Services
November
2018
$5,400
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Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue
November
2018
$8,000
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The Chicago Lighthouse
November
2018
$25,000
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Chicago Area Project
November
2018
$24,200
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Chance 2 Dance, INC.
November
2018
$4,600
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Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island
November
2018
$55,000
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Bluffton Jasper Volunteers in Medicine
November
2018
$12,500
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Torah Day School
July
2018
$100,000
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New Hope Ministries
July
2018
$30,000
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Woods Services
July
2018
$25,000
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Whitaker Center for the Arts
July
2018
$25,000
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Quest Therapeutic Services, Inc.
July
2018
$25,000
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Olmstead Center for Sight (The Statler Center)
July
2018
$20,000
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Focus North America - St. Herman’s House
July
2018
$18,836
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Jefferson County Community Partnership
July
2018
$10,350
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Desert Ability Center
July
2018
$10,000
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Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic, Inc.
July
2018
$10,000
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Walking Miracles Family Foundation
July
2018
$7,500
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AquAbility
July
2018
$5,500
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Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation
July
2018
$5,000
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Dog T.A.G.S.
July
2018
$5,000
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Hershey Community Garden
July
2018
$4,500
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The Insurance Industry Charitable
March
2018
$50,000
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Arc Broward
March
2018
$100,000
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Lincoln Institute
March
2018
$39,200
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Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg
March
2018
$30,655
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The Vista School Foundation
March
2018
$75,500
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Services for the Underserved
March
2018
$50,000
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Tri County Community Action
March
2018
$50,000
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Association House of Chicago (AHC)
March
2018
$17,280
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Love of Christ Community Church
March
2018
$25,000
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Glenwood Academy
March
2018
$25,000
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Aaron’s Acres
March
2018
$7,150
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Stroud Water Research Center
March
2018
$5,000
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Raising A Reader Massachusetts (RAR-MA)
March
2018
$20,000
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Memory Matters
March
2018
$10,500
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Nonprofit Risk Management
March
2018
$10,000
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Chicago Area Project
March
2018
$1,500
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Employee Emergency Fund
November
2017
$750
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Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania
November
2017
$2,000
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Bikes Together
November
2017
$2,950
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YMCA of Delaware
November
2017
$5,000
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Desert Ability Center
November
2017
$5,000
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The Family Place
November
2017
$10,000
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Lancaster Science Factory
November
2017
$11,400
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ChildServ
November
2017
$12,820.
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360 Communities
November
2017
$15,000
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Mercy Home for Boys & Girls
November
2017
$16,108
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Goodwill Industries of SE Wisconsin
November
2017
$25,500
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Auditory Oral School of NY (AOSNY)
November
2017
$50,000
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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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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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Arsenault Fund
December
2014
$20,000
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Shalom Torah Academy of Central New Jersey

March 2019 $50,000 Grant Awarded

The goal of Shalom Torah Academy is to provide the next generation of American Jews with an outstanding General Studies education complemented by an appreciation for Jewish Heritage and love of the Torah, the mitzvot, mankind and the land of Israel.

Olami

March 2019 $50,000 Grant Awarded

Olami is a global community of organizations committed to inspiring young adults to achieve their Jewish greatness. Olami is made up of 320 organizations from 28 countries around the world. In fact. The name Olami means “My World.” With the Olami Foundation providing manpower, program development and management, students all over the world are experiencing the exhilaration of Jewish living through textual study, Shabbat, seminars and trips, and most critically, through the eternal bond between the Diaspora Jew and the State of Israel.

Brave Hearts

March 2019 $53,000 Grant Awarded

BraveHearts provides equine-assisted activities and therapies with teams of expert staff, dedicated volunteers and therapy horses at multiple safe and caring facilities. In addition to serving children and adults, BraveHearts provides innovative services to meet the needs of military veterans and their families. By utilizing a faculty of national experts and through its innovative programming, education and research, BraveHearts has become a center of excellence within the equine therapeutic industry. Their Vision: Bringing hope, joy and unlimited possibilities through the healing power of the horse. Harvard, IL

Reach Out and Read

March 2019 $35,000 Grant Awarded

In a ground-breaking collaboration between the Curious George Store in Cambridge, and Reach Out and Read (‘ROR’ – the fiscal sponsor and 501 C3,) this project seeks to leverage the tremendous outreach of ROR (4.7 million children 0-5 a year) and the brand of the magical Curious George Store, to prepare all children, no matter their socioeconomic status, to reach school age ready to learn to read. Focusing just on MA for year 1, the collaboration will reach parents 3 ways. First, through a new free portal on the Curious George Store website, parents will be invited, with children 2-5, for free coaching videos that model dialogic reading in 8 languages, as well as a myriad of storytelling, online mentoring, games and activities for the children that reinforce reading readiness. Next, handouts with age specific activities and games as well as more stories will be handed out at doctor well-child visits. Finally, the store will have kiosks with more activities for children.

Memory Matters

March 2019 $25,000 Grant Awarded

Memory Matters was founded in 1997 as a nonprofit IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization, seed-funded by Brookdale Foundation. Their original mission was to sustainably support caregivers of loved ones diagnosed with dementia. In the first 12 years they were nomads, holding adult day care programs each week in five churches on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton, SC. In December 2009, they moved to their own 7,000-square-foot facility licensed by South Carolina Department of Health and Environment Control. Their licensure covers memory care for up to 60 participants each day.

Shalom House

March 2019 $21,345 Grant Awarded

A non-denominational 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Shalom House provides a temporary 21-bed shelter for women and children who have nowhere else to go. The shelter is located in the City of Harrisburg at an undisclosed location to protect clients who may be escaping abusive situations. As an emergency shelter, Shalom House provides for their basic needs: a bed, assistance with food resources, clothing, health and hygiene supplies, and a temporary address and telephone number.

Shalom House’s extended case management services help women move toward self-sufficiency, to never become homeless again. Experienced caregivers know when to listen, when to hug, and when to give advice.

Services for the UnderServed (SUS)

March 2019 $20,000 Grant Awarded

Since 1978, they’ve been providing services for people in and around New York City whose lives have been unsettled by circumstances beyond their control. Since then, their growth has been driven by the needs and their complexity. They don’t prescribe paths that define people but offer solutions that support each person’s definition of a life of purpose. When you look closely, the injustices facing our society are really a universe of highly individual obstacles. When an individual’s life is put on hold for circumstances unique to them, establishing a relationship with them is step one. The results: Individuals and families no longer limited by their obstacles but propelled by opportunities for a richer experience with the world. A ripple effect that extends from individuals out into their communities.

Westmoreland Sanctuary

March 2019 $20,000 Grant Awarded

Westmoreland Sanctuary was established in 1957 as a not-for-profit nature center and wildlife preserve with the mission to “acquire, establish and maintain for the free use, enjoyment and appreciation of the public. . . tracts of land, including woodland and streams, as a nature sanctuary . . . to promote nature appreciation, preservation and conservation generally, for the present and future benefit and enjoyment of the public.” Westmoreland also offers a variety of environmental education, conservation and recreational programs and events serving nearly 15,000 visitors every year. Through these facilities and programs Westmoreland encourages a deeper understanding and engagement with nature and our environment.

Mercy Homes for Boys & Girls

March 2019 $18,000 Grant Awarded

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is a Catholic organization answering the Gospel call to minister to children and families in need. Mercy Home measures the impact of programs in two ways: through rigorous evaluation of results data and through the stories of the young people’s success. In 2018: therapy sessions were given to 4,617 kids and families, 100% of their seniors graduated and 121 youth held jobs, both on and off campus.

ChildServ

March 2019 $18,000 Grant Awarded

ChildServ seeks grant support for the re-development and re-design of their agency website to communicate their services to help families, recruit future foster parents, and share their mission with potential donors. ChildServ has grown in its service provision over the past five years from child welfare and education to adding and expanding programs—including counseling for children who have a lost a loved one to homicide, housing for homeless youth, Juvenile Justice Foster Care, violence prevention, and trauma-informed therapy. With this expanded spectrum of services, they have struggled to best communicate what they do. During 2018, they have been fortunate to garner pro bono rebranding services from a major Chicago advertising firm.

Muslims for Progressive Values

March 2019 $15,000 Grant Awarded

MPV establishes and nurtures vibrant progressive Muslim communities. They do this by creating opportunities for religious discourse, volunteer and community activities, and cultural events bringing together the arts, spirituality and social activism. Since their inception, they have secured DPI and ECOSOC Special Consultative Status at the U.N., and a founding member of Alliance of Inclusive Muslims, or AIM, an umbrella organization spanning 13 countries and 17 cities. MPV is a progressive Muslim voice on contemporary issues. They voice their perspectives with policy briefs, by participating in civil discourse, engaging with the media and government entities, and by partnering with both Muslim and non-Muslim progressive organizations. MPV promotes theologically-sound frameworks for Islamic liberalism. They seek to reinvigorate the Islamic tradition of ijtihad (critical engagement and interpretation of sacred texts) and intellectual discourse. They do this by collaborating with religious scholars and developing position papers on theological issues that are accessible to a wide audience.

Mobile Loaves & Fishes

March 2019 $15,000 Grant Awarded

As a result of the multitude of connections they have made with their homeless neighbors, they learned that the single greatest cause of homelessness is a profound, catastrophic loss of family. It’s from this understanding that MLF’s vision emerged to build Community First! Village to welcome home friends who had been pushed to the fringe of society. Often referred to as the most talked about neighborhood in Austin, Community First! Village is a 51-acre master planned development that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for men and women coming out of chronic homelessness.

Kids In Distress

March 2019 $15,000 Grant Awarded

Kids is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse, the preservation of family and the treatment of abused and neglected kids. Kids In Distress, (KID) is a licensed nationally accredited agency working for the prevention of child abuse, preservation of the family, and the treatment of abused and neglected children. KID programs serve as best practice models of care by bringing innovative ideas to life, strengthening relationships with partner organizations, and expanding services through collaborative efforts. KID foster care programs, the largest in both Broward and Palm Beach counties, successfully recruit safe and loving foster families for children in need. Kinship received the “Best Collaboration” award at the 211 Broward Non-Profit Academy Awards for the partnership with Memorial Healthcare System and Legal Aid Service of Broward County. The KID Dental Clinic and Eye Care Institute at KID conduct more than 9,000 visits annually for families in South Florida. KID partners with corporations, organizations, municipalities, schools, and individuals to support its mission and expand services throughout South Florida.

EquiTeam Support Services

March 2019 $12,000 Grant Awarded

“EquiTeam Changes Lives With Equine-Assisted Therapy.” EquiTeam clients of all ages find themselves transformed by the unique equine therapy programs, which are designed to promote mental health and well-being. Almost all of their therapies take place on the ground, rather than on horseback, with clients telling their story through interactions with the horse. This fosters close communication that is helpful for working through complex emotions, trauma, and abuse. Their effective, compassionate work with the military community is augmented by their newest program, which involves nationally certified neurofeedback.

Philadelphia Boys Gymnastics

March 2019 $10,200 Grant Awarded

They aim to promote the sport of gymnastics by offering life-changing opportunities for area youth so that they can realize their individual potential by developing in a safe, professional and challenge-seeking environment. Philadelphia Boys’ Gymnastics is the only high level boys’ gymnastics club in Philadelphia and it is one of the only gyms dedicated to boys specifically in the country. Their coaches are current and former collegiate gymnasts plus educators who enjoy dedicating their time to work with the next generation of gymnasts. PBG offers recreational and competitive boys’ classes, as well as ​trampoline and tumbling classes.

PBG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and we received grants from Philadelphia Boys’ Gymnastics Team Parents’ Association, The Philadelphia Foundation, the West Parkside Sports and Education Fund, Network for Good, the Scholler Foundation and the Bader Foundation.

Walking Miracles

March 2019 $10,000 Grant Awarded

The Walking Miracles Family Foundation exists to connect caregivers, families and survivors impacted by childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer to resources and referral networks and to help defray the cost of travel during the cancer journey — the primary barrier to care in West Virginia.

The Safe Alliance (SAFE)

March 2019 $10,000 Grant Awarded

In 2015, Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace began intensive discussions about how, together, they might better address the complex issues of violence and abuse. It began in a structured alliance, with both agencies maintaining separate nonprofit corporate statuses and distinct lines of services. However, as sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse and neglect, and domestic and family violence are part of a larger interconnected web, the two agencies’ programs and services began to meld more closely. The sum quickly became greater than its parts. A true merger was undertaken and SAFE came into existence. With an annual budget of more than $20 million, more than 350 employees and thousands of volunteers, SAFE now has prevention and crisis programs operating across multiple campuses and in the schools, hospitals, courts, county and District Attorney’s offices.

Archie’s Place dba Archie’s Math

March 2019 $10,000 Grant Awarded

Archie’s Math is a nonprofit outreach program dedicated to helping elementary aged children improve math proficiency through hands-on, interactive exhibits tied directly to Pennsylvania Academic Standards. Archie’s Math consists of 20 interactive “pop-up” exhibits which explain and demonstrate the basic math principles taught in grades K – 6. They know that successful math learning programs are interactive and discovery-based. Research has established that providing students with a hands-on learning approach significantly improves math understanding and proficiency, particularly in elementary school. Archie’s Math is the first traveling Math lab in Pennsylvania, visiting schools and youth agencies in Lancaster, Lebanon, Harrisburg and York. Archie’s Math is named after Archimedes, (287 BC – 212 BC) an ancient Greek mathematician physicist, engineer, inventor and astronomer.

Hospice Care of the Lowcountry

March 2019 $5,000 Grant Awarded

Hospice Care of the Lowcountry is an independent, community-based, non-profit organization, serving Beaufort and Jasper counties for more than 30 years. It was established to give comfort and honor dignity for end of life patients and their families through compassionate physical, emotional and spiritual care, regardless of their financial circumstances. They help their valued patients and their families experience the fullness and dignity they deserve, even as they face the anxieties associated with the end of life.

Teal It’s Gone (TEAL)

March 2019 $5,000 Grant Awarded

The founder of Teal It’s Gone, Katie Brown-Maxwell, is a retired RN and a horsewoman. Katie was diagnosed with Stage IIIC Primary Peritoneal Cancer (closely related to Ovarian Cancer) in 2012. Through genetic testing, Katie discovered she has the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 genetic mutations. This discovery will help guide Katie’s treatment as she still battles cancer. But, equally as important, it has given Katie the information necessary to help prevent her daughter from ever experiencing the disease. She is pushing for genetic testing to become routine testing for everyone. Even though men do not get this cancer, they can carry the gene that could get passed down to their daughters. Early detection can almost promise cures. Katie was in stage 4 cancer when I recently met with her.

Sea Haven

March 2019 $5,000 Grant Awarded

They strive to improve the overall wellbeing and safety of homeless forgotten youth ages 13-21

by extending a helping hand to those youth whose lives may be in disarray. They believe through positive interventions these opportunities may not otherwise be available.” In order to facilitate healing, recovery, and promote the social and emotional wellbeing of children, youth, and families who have experienced trauma, Sea Haven provides emergency stabilization and long-term services. Getaway services are provided for runaway/homeless youth and youth at risk of running away, by offering temporary emergency shelter, food, clothing, individual/family counseling, case management, referrals for appropriate services, independent/permanent housing, permanency planning/aftercare.

Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York

March 2019 $5,000 Grant Awarded

The Northeast Organic Farming Association is a non-profit organization of over 5,000 farmers, gardeners, landscape professionals and consumers working to promote healthy food, organic farming practices and a cleaner environment. The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) is a coalition of seven NOFA state chapters. Their purpose is to advocate for and educate on organic and sustainable agriculture, family-scale farming and homesteading in rural, suburban and urban areas, agricultural justice and other related policy issues.

Community Living & Support Services (CLASS)

March 2019 $5,000 Grant Awarded

The mission of CLASS is to support people with disabilities as they explore options, participate in the community, and strive toward equality. They are “Working Toward a Community Where Each Belongs.”

 

The vision of CLASS is to be the provider of choice for people with disabilities and their families; to be the employer of choice for new and existing staff; and to be the investment of choice for individual, corporate, and foundation donors.

New Leash on Life USA

March 2019 $1,500 Grant Awarded

New Leash on Life USA is a new generation non-profit prison dog-training program that saves the lives of shelter dogs at-risk of euthanasia and gives incarcerated inmates a chance for redemption. New Leash teaches inmates to train and socialize the dogs assigned to live with them 24/7, enabling these rejected animals to become highly desirable for adoption and creating real-world employment opportunities for inmate participants upon parole. By rescuing each other, both human and canine graduates of the New Leash program can look ahead to a bright and successful future.

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts

November 2018 $4,500 Grant Awarded

PMC’s communications are impeded by obsolete technology, particularly an outdated phone system, and an inefficient database. PMC is seeking funding for critical upgrades to resolve these issues: an improved telephone system and a fundraising/volunteer management platform that can address the unique needs of nonprofit capacity-building.

Our House, Inc.

November 2018 $25,000 Grant Awarded

They will spend the money on a contract with Kiza Solutions, who will custom-build Our House a comprehensive client database using the Filmmaker platform. They are concluding a period of research into systems used by similar human services agencies, during which they met with multiple vendors, talked at length with peers in the field, and met as a team to determine their needs as an organization. They believe a custom-built client database will provide them with both the depth and flexibility required as a growing organization. Kiza Solutions is based in Ohio but has developers in Little Rock who will work closely on-site with their program staff and grants team to ensure that they have a sustainable client database that meets all of the clients’ needs.

Operation Healing Forces

November 2018 $25,000 Grant Awarded

Operation Healing Forces (OHF) is a charitable, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 2011 in Clearwater, Florida, for the purpose of aiding wounded, ill and injured U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) veterans and their spouses. Through weeklong retreats, these SOF couples spend time together and with other SOF couples in calm, serene settings in order to re-strengthen bonds with each other and grow healthier in their relationships. This request will underwrite the expenses for one of these week-long retreats for approximately 12 couples.

Lutheran Child and Family Services

November 2018 $25,000 Grant Awarded

Lutheran Child and Family Services wants to purchase the myEvolv system. By upgrading their client information system to one that fully integrates the service delivery and billing functions, the agency will increase management efficiency and continue to be able to provide and expand innovative programming like Regenerations that supports their leadership in the sector.

Let's Empower Everyone Inc.

November 2018 $2,500 Grant Awarded

At the Hagler Center, community boys and girls in the inner city have a project called Route 66. Let’s Empower Everyone, Inc. designed this apparatus to empower, equip, and encourage pre-teen (ages 7-12), adolescents (ages 13-19) and young adults (ages 20-25) by introducing self-awareness education through computer-generated and community-based platforms. By addressing social gaps, a lack of self-love and self-empowerment, through positive self-affirmations, these members would be able to enter society as entrepreneurs. They can break the cycle of illiteracy through the literacy program. The plan will serve the purpose to support, organize, and create activities and training exposing them to new ideas, creative thinking, and endless possibilities. Since the start-up in 2009, no regularly participating boy or girl Route 66 Club members has entered the juvenile justice system. No regularly participating member has become a parent. Every regularly participating high school senior has graduated on time, received numerous scholarships and awards.

EquiTeam Support Services

November 2018 $5,400 Grant Awarded

EquiTeam Support Services is a non-profit, outpatient therapy organization, providing therapeutic services in South Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland. Their mission is to improve the psychological and emotional health and well-being of individuals, families, and groups. Using horses as teacher-guides, our certified professionals interact with clients of all ages to foster self-motivation, communication and self-expression.

Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue

November 2018 $8,000 Grant Awarded

Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue needs a new business server. They are experiencing storage issues and the warranty on the current server has expired. They are submitting a grant request for $16,000.00 to cover the expense of the new server and the software. Their computer system is their tool to communicate and store data for adopters, donors, financial systems, and every aspect of their daily operations.

The Chicago Lighthouse

November 2018 $25,000 Grant Awarded

The Chicago Lighthouse staff want to purchase technology and work stations that are adapted for people w/ disabilities to place in their Centers. Their clients & staff currently utilize two assistive software applications: Jaws is a screen reading program for people who are blind & ZoomText magnifies the screen for people w/visual impairments. In 2017, Jaws and ZoomText merged into one package, known as Fusion. This innovation now allows people who are losing their vision to easily move between the programs or use both at once.

Chicago Area Project

November 2018 $24,200 Grant Awarded

Chicago Area Project (CAP) requests funding to conduct and complete a basic professional website for its organization, to increase marketability, employee /service interaction, and program visibility.  After conducting a website analysis in spring of 2018,  it was affirmed that the CAP’s website in place since 2000, having received few updates since to keep current with existing social and technological needed a modern and professional update .  As it stands today, the website has been built on different platforms making upgrades increasingly difficult. The website lacks the capacity to meaningfully communicate CAP’s mission and efficiently interact with different audiences such as CAP’s target population (youth and their families), donors, and community groups.

Chance 2 Dance, INC.

November 2018 $4,600 Grant Awarded

Any funds received will solely go to the adaptive devices needed to accommodate the varying needs they face to make their program space a sensory dance studio, allowing individuals to realize and reach their fullest potential through movement.

Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island

November 2018 $55,000 Grant Awarded

The grant will allow for an upgrade of their gymnasium floor which is their largest and most frequently used facility space. Since the building is 20 years old, they are working to renovate and upgrade rooms to ensure safety and provide for growing program opportunities. The gym is the pride of the Club boasting 6 basketball stations and seating for 400. It is constantly used (after school, 10.5 hours in the summer, every Saturday and most evenings) for volleyball, kickball, indoor soccer, lacrosse, roller hockey, basketball, and dances! They have never made an upgrade to the gym floor since it was built in 1997.

Bluffton Jasper Volunteers in Medicine

November 2018 $12,500 Grant Awarded

The Bluffton Jasper Volunteers in Medicine is moving into a new building to create an opportunity to improve and expand services. $25,000.00 would be used for the construction of two new offices from a space currently used as an exercise/fitness room.

Torah Day School

July 2018 $100,000 Grant Awarded

The Torah Day School of Dallas was launched in 2002.  The founders secured a building on a four-acre lot on the northeast corner of Hillcrest and Frankford Road by navigating the red tape of neighborhood associations, city planning and zoning. They worked with architects and Joe Funk construction to turn a once 38,000 sq. ft. grocery store into a fully functional school building. They now have a class A education building, but they need to replace dated roof top air conditioners. The scope of the project includes: remove and replace 10 split systems and 2 roof top units. New equipment will be manufactured by Carrier and will use 410A refrigerant. They will pull appropriate permits for job, provide for transport of units to jobsite, provide crane to remove the old, and set new units on the roof and complete installation and perform the start up.

New Hope Ministries

July 2018 $30,000 Grant Awarded

Appropriate temperature control makes a huge difference in what types of food, and the quality of the food you can distribute at a food pantry. In this area alone, thousands of pounds of fresh fruit, for example, go to waste because of lack of proper cooling. In addition, the combined freezer offers options for teaching food preservation techniques; including “putting up food for the winter”. Frozen food is available inexpensively at the Central PA Food Bank, including whole prepared meals, but you must have a freezer to receive it. The flexibility and wide range of food donation and purchase options that adequate cooler/freezer space opens are tremendous on the secondary market. A commercial cooler/freezer puts the food pantry on a whole different level than working out of multiple, inefficient residential coolers. They will purchase a walk-in Cooler/Freezer with similar specifications to the one they have a proposal from REMCO, Inc. for listed at $59,550. It has 4′ walls for insulation. That includes the units, installation, and the compressors. They would like to find a used one as they have done in the past, preferably with a warranty and/or sales contract. If they cannot find an appropriate used one, they will purchase a new one, using these funds, and find an additional donor(s) to fund the difference.

Woods Services

July 2018 $25,000 Grant Awarded

Funds will support the purchase and implementation of data integration (interface) programs and related equipment which will allow for data captured through the new behavioral health EHR, and CareLogic, made by Qualifacts, to be shared across multiple systems, including an electronic medical record system recently deployed to support a newly-launched medical center at Woods. Specific costs include server hardware, licensing fees and implementation specific to the interface and integration component of the overall project.

Whitaker Center for the Arts

July 2018 $25,000 Grant Awarded

Ticketing System upgrade: implement a new ticketing system to handle ticketing for three venues plus Membership and school field trip visits. Their goals for the project are to find a system that is mobile-friendly; and has more robust e-commerce functionality. They rely very heavily on their ticketing system to handle all the event ticketing, which is the lifeblood of their non-profit organization. As an entertainment venue, customers compare them to other for-profit entertainment destinations where the ticket buying, and redemption process is streamlined, simple and mobile-friendly. Their current ticketing system is none of these things. Currently, they do not scan tickets to verify authenticity – they rely on ushers and guest relations associates to read the dates/times printed on the tickets to verify. It’s time consuming and cumbersome for both staff and guests and not at all what consumers expect when compared to other venues that can scan mobile devices and allow guests to print their tickets at home. The online purchasing process of their current system is hindering their ability to sell tickets online in advance. Simply put, the current ticketing system is holding them back from processing sales and redeeming tickets.

Quest Therapeutic Services, Inc.

July 2018 $25,000 Grant Awarded

To accommodate an Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy program, Quest would need to make specific modifications to upgrade their facility. These modifications would allow them to meet HIPAA regulatory guidelines as well as provide a program that leads the way in best practices. Modifications would include:

– A privacy curtain over the observation window to prevent those in the waiting room from observing a private session.

– A fence to surround our current outdoor therapy area. Since horses are unrestrained during a psychotherapy session, all sessions need to take place within an enclosed area. Horses used for hippotherapy are on lead line and do not require fencing during a session.

– Expanding an office into a session room – Currently, they have a small office that is part of their barn area. They would be looking to expand this room into a larger space to allow the psychotherapist to meet with clients individually or in small groups.

Olmstead Center for Sight (The Statler Center)

July 2018 $20,000 Grant Awarded

Funding will go towards the purchase of Sage 100c, a comprehensive and fully accessible accounting software that will be used across the organization for finance, training and provide gainful employment to individuals with sight impairment. The software will greatly enhance OCS’ ability to efficiently manage all financial activities of the organization.  OCS has 180 employees across multiple programs and sites. By purchasing this software, OCS will also be able to offer gainful employment to sight-impaired individuals in the agency’s manufacturing division through a contract with the National Industries for the Blind (NIB). OCS’ current accounting software is incapable of integrating.

Focus North America - St. Herman’s House

July 2018 $18,836 Grant Awarded

The apiary will be a key component of the program of recovery at Spruce Farm. In addition to providing residents with work, it could generate $20,000 in proceeds the first year alone, and more money each consecutive year. These proceeds will fund the forthcoming mental health/recovery program at Spruce Farm and will go toward compensation in St. Herman House’s Jobs Program.

Jefferson County Community Partnership

July 2018 $10,350 Grant Awarded

They intend to replace a copier (Sharp MX-5500N PCL6). JCCP has had repairs completed to keep the aging machine operable. It is to the point that replacement parts are no longer available and servicing the machine is expensive.

A new copier will support program and administrative efforts to further the mission of Jefferson County Community Partnership. The programs need an effective copier to create program applications and materials. A copier with a fax would support the necessary communications in their current and future business setting.

Desert Ability Center

July 2018 $10,000 Grant Awarded

The funds will be utilized for the purchase of adaptive sports equipment (sports wheelchairs, para cycles, other adaptive equipment that allows for the introduction of adaptive sports such as sitting volleyball, goal ball (blind sport), power soccer (power wheelchair sport) and beep baseball (blind sport). This equipment is made available to all participants, with any disability at no cost. This equipment is then used to conduct training clinics throughout the year.

Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic, Inc.

July 2018 $10,000 Grant Awarded

The total cost of the Electronic Health Records (EHR) implementation for the whole Clinic (one-time implementation fee) is $151,000. This cost includes the following: 1) software licensing and installation to access and use the vendor’s EHR system. 2) Data conversion and migration (converting data from the previous EHR system to the new system). 3) Customization of the system to meet the Clinic’s specific needs (determination of appropriate build elements), and to meet required security measures and to optimize workflows. 4) System testing of all components (connectivity, security, hardware and software). 5) Provision of training, education and user documentation (reference manuals, guidelines, training materials, and procedures) on the installation, operation, access and use of the EHR system to Clinic staff. 6) Development and implementation of business continuity procedures for when the EHR system is down. 7) “go-live” planning and activities. Funding would cover some of the gap between current resources and costs.

Walking Miracles Family Foundation

July 2018 $7,500 Grant Awarded

Their goal is to expand tablet technology to connect families and survivors impacted by childhood adolescent and young adult cancer in Pittsburgh.  They received a first grant from us to serve West Virginia. The tablets will allow the families to connect to resources and referral networks and to assist in travel assistance while going through their cancer journey.

It will allow families access to telehealth in a mobile way and connect them to physicians and survivorship guides, so they will know how to deal with the long-term side effects they may have because of their treatments. It will allow them to track all their survivorship journey, so they can keep their tablet into their adulthood and to have a way to keep their health records and other necessary information during their journey.

AquAbility

July 2018 $5,500 Grant Awarded

AquAbility is requesting funding to purchase: teaching tables, leg wrap floats, aqua sphere fins, goggles, diving rings, poly frogs & dots, baby dolls, hula hoops, hand/sensory toys, Sensory balls, neck ring – child, neoprene float collar, flat neck/body float, pool noodles, swim caps, plastic gear crate, swim paddles, snorkels, pull buoys, equipment caddy, child wet suit, adult wet suit vest, adult wet suit jacket, rash guards, logo on items, and program signs.

Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation

July 2018 $5,000 Grant Awarded

TeamIllinois Youth Police Camp: The money would be spent on expenses: room and board (weeklong stay), transportation expenses (for camp cadets and their families) uniforms (t-shirts and hats), extracurricular events (bowling, pizza party, etc.), other miscellaneous supplies needed for a residency program.

Dog T.A.G.S.

July 2018 $5,000 Grant Awarded

Sponsor the training of a rescue dog for veterans suffering from PTSD. Dog T.A.G.S. (Train Assist Guide Serve), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a service dog owner training program for veterans suffering from service connected PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and/or TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). The veteran trains his/her personal dog with the help of experienced dog trainers. They work with veterans who served in conflicts ranging from Vietnam to present day Iraq and Afghanistan.

This grant will assist one Veteran diagnosed as suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) to train him/herself and his/her dog to become a service dog specifically for that Veteran.  This can entail selection of an appropriate dog if Veteran doesn’t already own an appropriate dog along with all training from Level 1 through Level IV and all the equipment needed for training as well as any special equipment needed by the Veteran (in case of physical disabilities).

The support animal enables the Veteran to focus on activities of daily living and continuing social interactions/family development while gaining independence. Often symptoms of PTSD and/or TBI cause the individual to be hypervigilant. The project offers the Veteran the opportunity, through training, to form a solid bond with his/her dog allowing both the dog and the Veteran to assist, guide and serve each other opening both up to continued healing.

Hershey Community Garden

July 2018 $4,500 Grant Awarded

The Hershey Community Garden is requesting funding to provide benches, tables and heavy gauge hoses on the grounds where the Gardens are located. The benches and tables will be made of high quality wood and the hoses will be dispersed throughout the plots to allow easy access for the gardeners.

The Insurance Industry Charitable

March 2018 $50,000 Grant Awarded

Sponsorship on behalf of AmTrust for a conference being hosted by IICF will in turn become a grant for $50,000 to be awarded to Mobile Loaves and Fishes.  The word on the ground is that this money may leverage additional money from IICF to go to this charity.

Arc Broward

March 2018 $100,000 Grant Awarded

The Arc Broward Culinary Expansion project is expanding their teaching kitchen facilities and classrooms to increase capacity in the culinary program, a successful mission-based enterprise operated since 2008. Through this program, students with developmental disabilities and life challenges earn a post-secondary certificate in ‘Entry Level Culinary Arts’, work in the catering business to build a resume, and receive job placement, ongoing support and financial literacy training. The catering enterprise generates revenue for tuition scholarships and for pre- and post-graduation employment services. Funds will be used to build-out, furnish and equip classrooms and teaching kitchen facilities in an 8,000-sq. ft. space on the Arc Broward Regional campus in Sunrise, Florida. The expansion project will benefit individuals who would not likely otherwise be employed.

The culinary expansion will increase the number of students who enroll in and complete the entry level culinary arts program and ultimately obtain employment in the industry from 20 to 100 per year. They will also see an increase in annual number of meals produced for disadvantaged children and adults from 100,000 to 400,000. The catering revenue from the mission-based enterprise, used to help grow all agency programs, is projected to increase from $880,000 to $2 million/year.

Lincoln Institute

March 2018 $39,200 Grant Awarded

This is part 2 of a 2-part project that will commence in late March. The discovery process has already been completed. The scope of the project includes: The Lincoln Institute Website Strategy & Project Management, Design & Content, Development, Testing/Site Preparation, Launch/Server and Setup/Training. The current site is at least six years old and showing its age. A major overhaul of the site – featuring user friendly navigation, new features, and a fresh mobile-optimized design is needed. The current Lincoln Institute website focuses on promoting and distributing content for its primary product, nationally-syndicated radio programs, as well as polls, surveys, and opinion pieces.

Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg

March 2018 $30,655 Grant Awarded

The fire alarm system is antiquated and needs to be upgraded. It is challenging to find replacement parts and the current system does not allow firemen to determine which zone has the alarm. The current system also does not fully communicate with their newer voice evacuation system. They will also attempt to add security cameras to the facility.

They typically have 100-300 people in the building depending on any day of the week and time. It will increase the safety of all their participants and staff. These individuals include approximately 150 children from the Early Learning Center and the Jewish Day School which is a tenant in the building, staff and teachers from both organizations, members and guests for the fitness center and cultural programs of all ages including their Senior Club members. It will also increase the safety of firemen and other first responders. This will request will cover the labor and equipment for this project.

The Vista School Foundation

March 2018 $75,500 Grant Awarded

Having gone through the discipline of the discovery process to create a redesigned website with Synapse Marketing solutions I am confident the price and product will be right for this organization. This grant follows a $1,500 discovery grant awarded by us last November.

Services for the Underserved

March 2018 $50,000 Grant Awarded

S:US has implemented new cloud-based Electronic Health Record systems, a new financial software, a new Human Resources software, and a new Property Management software. The latter (Yardi) was implemented with a previous grant from First Nonprofit Foundation and has streamlined S:US’ real estate business. The final software S:US is implementing in its technology plan is Tableau. Tableau will serve as an “umbrella” software for S:US, bringing together data from all areas of the organization and transforming that data into actionable insights. The implementation of Tableau will help S:US strengthen its technology infrastructure and expand their ability to collect and analyze data. This will increase efficiency, streamline processes, provide better oversight of programs and services, and ultimately contribute to better decision making and monitoring of quality. Program management will be able to make quick course corrections by reviewing up-to-the-minute data. The software provides the ability to build dashboards and perform ad hoc analyses and share those analyses. Tableau will enable S:US executives to interact with the data by, for example, adjusting time periods making month over month or year over year comparisons, assessing staff productivity, assessing behavioral/medical interventions and resulting outcomes, etc. All of this is intended to have S:US executives able to make more informed and timely decisions and, most importantly, to provide the highest level of service for their consumers.

Tri County Community Action

March 2018 $50,000 Grant Awarded

For 51 years, TCCA helped neighbors complete façade and beautification work on their homes and businesses in the community. Tri County Community Action has not done the same for themselves. As programs have shifted to meet the needs of those served, the flow and layout of their building has remained unchanged. They welcome 100 or more guests daily into their building. The receptionist faces with her back to the door, and there is no opportunity to keep phone calls or computer work in the reception area confidential. Individuals enrolling in programming must walk to the farthest point in their building; passing administrative offices along the way. The outdoor green space is fenced off and not used for or by the community. The building requires some updating and renovation to continue to meet the needs of the families and communities.

Association House of Chicago (AHC)

March 2018 $17,280 Grant Awarded

This project supports the build out and implementation of a new demographic database, using Salesforce software. AHC’s heavily subsidized demographic database license ended in early 2017. AHC now seeks to replace and enhance the organization’s demographics tracking means and methods.

Staff applied to Salesforce for 10 free licenses, and through a board member and salesforce employee, is working to secure IT assistance to build out and launch the new database. AHC will utilize the award from the First Nonprofit Foundation to purchase 40 Salesforce user licenses for a 12-month period. Salesforce offers nonprofit organizations a reduced monthly license rate of $36/month. Each license will cost AHC $432 per year. An initial year-long investment from the First Nonprofit Foundation will help to ensure that AHC can successfully launch the new demographic database, and that 40 staff members will have access to use the database efficiently and to its fullest capacity.

Love of Christ Community Church

March 2018 $25,000 Grant Awarded

This project supports the build out of an area to be used as a childcare center and community meeting room on the second floor of their community. With the money they will be able to purchase some of the materials necessary to build the $160,000 project.

Glenwood Academy

March 2018 $25,000 Grant Awarded

Glenwood Academy respectfully requests funding to support technology upgrades. The purpose of the upgrade project is to begin to replace the aging server and PC infrastructure at Glenwood. We are currently running Active directory, file sharing, accounting and student apps on home built PC’s running windows 2003 and 2008 server software. These devices have no redundancy built-in, run slow and end users experience downtime. This first phase would involve installing an enclosed rack with two Dell servers, one running VMware and the other running Windows server 2016. All servers would be virtualized on the VMware server. The test running of approximately ten virtual workstations is also part of this phase.

Aaron’s Acres

March 2018 $7,150 Grant Awarded

Last year, Aaron’s Acres received a grant from First Nonprofit Foundation providing them with multimedia improvements, including 2 laptop computers. This request, includes 3 additional laptop computers. In addition, they would like to purchase a video creator kit/camera which would allow them to create more professional promotional content and spread the word more effectively about what they do. The camera would allow them to present in a more positive light to potential donors and families.

Stroud Water Research Center

March 2018 $5,000 Grant Awarded

Mr. Reinfeld explained the need for a level of support deemed appropriate dedicated to infrastructure to sustain their cutting-edge programs (specifically, technical equipment and computing systems) which will improve their efforts to preserve the banks of White Clay Creek in West Marlborough Township, PA, which flows southeast to the Christina River and on into the Delaware River Basin at Wilmington, is the primary source of drinking water for several communities.

Raising A Reader Massachusetts (RAR-MA)

March 2018 $20,000 Grant Awarded

As RAR-MA focuses on impact and sustainability, program staff are creating new technologies to supplement and enhance its awareness-raising and education program components by producing a series of instructional videos.  The series of short mini lessons will be patterned after a series that was professionally produced by a local television station.  Those videos have proven to be very useful.

Memory Matters

March 2018 $10,500 Grant Awarded

Memory Matters is requesting funding to replace old computers with tablets that can accommodate the update of software programs. The intended new hardware will allow them to take their programs off-site to churches and community facilities to expand their education and therapy programs.

Nonprofit Risk Management

March 2018 $10,000 Grant Awarded

A grant will fund the cost to: analyze survey results; draft narrative sections of the white paper; develop a risk management maturity model conveying suggested sector standards; deliver a PPT and short video showcasing white paper highlights; and, retain a graphic designer to create a white paper template and graphs/images. They will deliver a PPT and video to complement the white paper; sector leaders can use these combined resources to deliver a business case and plan for evolving risk practice in their nonprofits. Funding also supports outreach to NRMC stakeholders who they will ask to distribute the paper through their respective networks. NRMC’s membership wingspan of 40,000 nonprofits (via 220 umbrella groups, such as YMCA of the USA, Goodwill Industries International, etc.) already ensures wide distribution of the paper and related resources. NRMC will also seek coverage in The NonProfit Times and Nonprofit Quarterly.

Chicago Area Project

March 2018 $1,500 Grant Awarded

Chicago Area Project is requesting funding to enter a discovery process to build a new website. This site will become the online face of the organization in all matters relative to the organization and its community.  They will use Synapse Marketing as the vendor for the process.

Employee Emergency Fund

November 2017 $750 Grant Awarded

This grant will provide funding for employees who need critical assistance at a time of tragedy and challenge. The money will support a fundraising event.

Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania

November 2017 $2,000 Grant Awarded

This grant will fund a industrial floor scale to move products made by the clients of the program. The organization supports and promotes the interests of people who are blind, visually impaired and otherwise disabled and to provide blindness prevention services.

Bikes Together

November 2017 $2,950 Grant Awarded

This grant underwrote the funding to purchase  25 Schwinn Bikes, helmets and furry animals that were given away at the AmTrust producers conference held near Denver, CO in early September.

YMCA of Delaware

November 2017 $5,000 Grant Awarded

This grant is assisting in the funding for a technology upgrade for Delaware’s Youth in Government program. The upgrade will increase efficiency of legislative advisor’s chamber communications during our conferences and eliminate the burden placed on volunteer advisors, allowing them to focus on mentoring youth.

Desert Ability Center

November 2017 $5,000 Grant Awarded

This grant will provide the funds to purchase two sports wheelchairs at a cost of $2,500 per chair. These chairs will allow children with limb loss, spina bifida, spinal cord injuries and other lower body disabilities to participate in adaptive sports such as wheelchair tennis and wheelchair basketball

The Family Place

November 2017 $10,000 Grant Awarded

This grant will allow The Family Place, a day and night shelter for homeless families with children, to invest in a $10,000 in a web-based, data management system to perfect reporting and accurate tracking of key metrics.

Lancaster Science Factory

November 2017 $11,400 Grant Awarded

This grant will help fund the creation of the Virtual Reality Lounge at the Lancaster Science Factory. It will act as a permanent exhibit, exposing visitors to an emerging technology.

ChildServ

November 2017 $12,820. Grant Awarded

ChildServ seeks support for training and technology to improve their agency’s ability to provide trauma-informed care to build better lives for children in metropolitan Chicago. These funds would help with the cost of training, and then the purchase of projection and teleconferencing software, allowing them to train and update their staff on critical practices in direct service care and reduce the amount of time and money spent on travel to attend these meetings.

360 Communities

November 2017 $15,000 Grant Awarded

This grant is a technology advancement grant that will improve their operations by replacing an outdated client database with a modern, user-friendly database.

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls

November 2017 $16,108 Grant Awarded

This grant will integrate evidence-based models and best practices into all programs serving youth; gather, analyze and utilize data to improve delivery of service and measure outcomes; and create a performance management system to evaluate program and staff.

Goodwill Industries of SE Wisconsin

November 2017 $25,500 Grant Awarded

This grant will purchase a mobile-optimized computer hard drive shredding unit which would provide additional security to customers by destroying sensitive data at the customer location instead of at Goodwill.

Auditory Oral School of NY (AOSNY)

November 2017 $50,000 Grant Awarded

This grant will help build a new mobile “Provider Session Notes App” that will allow their providers to document, save, sign, and submit session notes easily and seamlessly, as well as review their caseload and schedule.

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.

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.

Arsenault Fund

December 2014 $20,000 Grant Awarded

The Arsenault Fund awarded $20,000 to Chicago Youth Centers, a nonprofit organization empowering children and teens to recognize and experience their possibility and promise.