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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
NHS Human Services Foundation
March
2016
$75,000
Whitaker Center for Science & the Arts
March
2016
$10,000
Easter Seals Blake Foundation
March
2016
$5,000
McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
March
2016
$100,000
Nonprofit Risk Management Center
March
2016
$10,000
Jewish Caring Network
March
2016
$66,910
Services for the UnderServed
March
2016
$100,000
Boro Park Hatzolah Emergency Corps
June
2015
$90,000
Center for Educational Advancement
June
2015
$7,500
ChildServ
June
2015
$25,000
Congregation Bais Sina
June
2015
$25,000
Vaad Refuah
June
2015
$50,000
The Crisis Center, Inc.
June
2015
$20,000
Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue
June
2015
$10,000
Freedom Golf Association
June
2015
$10,000
Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois
June
2015
$50,000
National Runaway Safeline
June
2015
$50,000
NewView Oklahoma
June
2015
$18,000
Oak-Leyden Developmental Services
June
2015
$30,000
OHEL
June
2015
$50,000
Optimal Rhythms, Inc
June
2015
$19,200
Prevent Blindness
June
2015
$25,000
Shaare Zedek Medical Center
June
2015
$100,000
SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program
June
2015
$25,000
The Cheder
June
2015
$100,000
The Chicago Lighthouse
June
2015
$50,000
Women’s Business Development Center
June
2015
$10,000
Black Diamond Charities
June
2015
$5,000

NHS Human Services Foundation

March 2016 $75,000 Grant Awarded

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

Whitaker Center for Science & the Arts

March 2016 $10,000 Grant Awarded

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

Easter Seals Blake Foundation

March 2016 $5,000 Grant Awarded

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

McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine

March 2016 $100,000 Grant Awarded

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

Nonprofit Risk Management Center

March 2016 $10,000 Grant Awarded

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

Jewish Caring Network

March 2016 $66,910 Grant Awarded

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

Services for the UnderServed

March 2016 $100,000 Grant Awarded

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

Boro Park Hatzolah Emergency Corps

June 2015 $90,000 Grant Awarded

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

Center for Educational Advancement

June 2015 $7,500 Grant Awarded

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

ChildServ

June 2015 $25,000 Grant Awarded

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

Congregation Bais Sina

June 2015 $25,000 Grant Awarded

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

Vaad Refuah

June 2015 $50,000 Grant Awarded

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

The Crisis Center, Inc.

June 2015 $20,000 Grant Awarded

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

Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue

June 2015 $10,000 Grant Awarded

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

Freedom Golf Association

June 2015 $10,000 Grant Awarded

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

Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois

June 2015 $50,000 Grant Awarded

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

National Runaway Safeline

June 2015 $50,000 Grant Awarded

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

NewView Oklahoma

June 2015 $18,000 Grant Awarded

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

Oak-Leyden Developmental Services

June 2015 $30,000 Grant Awarded

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

OHEL

June 2015 $50,000 Grant Awarded

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

Optimal Rhythms, Inc

June 2015 $19,200 Grant Awarded

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

Prevent Blindness

June 2015 $25,000 Grant Awarded

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

Shaare Zedek Medical Center

June 2015 $100,000 Grant Awarded

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

SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program

June 2015 $25,000 Grant Awarded

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

The Cheder

June 2015 $100,000 Grant Awarded

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

The Chicago Lighthouse

June 2015 $50,000 Grant Awarded

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

Women’s Business Development Center

June 2015 $10,000 Grant Awarded

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

Black Diamond Charities

June 2015 $5,000 Grant Awarded

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