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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.


SPIRIT Equestrian Program

Spirit Open Equestrian Program, Inc.: Equine Assisted Learning Program

SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program (SPIRIT OEP) is a therapeutic riding center in Fairfax County, Virginia. Founded in 2007 and supported by volunteers, this program provides youth aged 11-18 with opportunities to grow and develop…

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Goodwill Mobile Shredding Unit Soars Thanks to Grant

Goodwill was the recipient of a First Nonprofit Foundation 2017 grant of $25,500 to fund the purchase of mobile shredding equipment for its Goodwill E-cycle operation. Goodwill E-cycle is the de-manufacturing, recycling…

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Mercy Home for Boys and Girls

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls

The Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is a Catholic children’s charity based in Chicago. This important organization provides safe and stable housing for young people who have faced neglect and abuse. They are committed to…

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Aaron's Acres

Aaron’s Acres

Aaron’s Acres began in 1998 as a one-week long camp for 11 children in Lancaster, PA. Today, they’ve grown to include over 200 participants for 12 weeks of camp spanning 3 counties. They also have a School Year Program.…

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Concordia Place

The mission of Concordia Place is to provide proactive solutions to key social needs with a focus on economically inclusive growth and opportunity. This nonprofit serves a wide range of individuals—from early childhood…

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