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Success Stories

Over the years, we have had the good fortune to see our funding not only put to good use, but also to see it grow into sustainable and replicable projects. Our grantees have had great success in making a real impact with the money that we’ve awarded.

Many grantmakers focus only on services delivered directly to challenged populations. One thing that distinguishes First Nonprofit is that we frequently award grants that help nonprofits improve their internal processes and practices. For example, one of our grants helped a Chicago nonprofit streamline its workflows to reduce paper consumption by 1.25 million sheets annually. That’s the equivalent of 150 trees each year. The organization also saved significant staff time as a result of the project, multiplying their savings substantially.

First Nonprofit believes that helping nonprofits work more efficiently and effectively is crucial, because every dollar a nonprofit can save through increased efficiency or better practices is another dollar they can use to provide needed services.

Read more about the difference our grantees have made through the success stories below.


YMCA Camp Mason

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…

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Walking Miracles Family Foundation (WMFF)

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…

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Chicago Lighthouse

The Chicago Lighthouse is the most comprehensive social service agency in the nation serving individuals who are blind, visually impaired, disabled, and Veterans. We were founded in 1906 by a small group of women who wanted…

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Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head STEM

The Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head, South Carolina is developing an immersive educational program in the arts for the more than 700 children served by the Club. The program will feature classes by local artists, trips…

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The SAFE Alliance

The mission of The SAFE Alliance (SAFE | stop abuse for everyone) is: To lead in ending sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse, and domestic violence through prevention, intervention, and advocacy for change.

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