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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.


PAI is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1990 that helps persons with disabilities become independent and integrate into their communities. PAI is a leader in providing high quality day training and habilitation services…

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People’s Emergency Center

Located in West Philadelphia, the People’s Emergency Center strives to nurture families, strengthen neighborhoods, and drive community change. To accomplish that goal, we offer more than 250 affordable housing units, job…

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NewView Oklahoma

An Oklahoma-based nonprofit, NewView Oklahoma works to empower blind and vision impaired people to achieve their maximum potential. To achieve this goal, we employ a three pronged approach of rehabilitation, fulfilling employment,…

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Arts Enrichment Grant Report

This past fall, the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island continued to offer new fun and enriching Arts programs for our Club members through the generosity of our First Nonprofit Foundation Arts Enrichment Grant. In…

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National Runaway Safeline

National Runaway Safeline (NRS) provides education and solution-focused interventions, offers non-sectarian, non-judgmental support, respects confidentiality, collaborates with volunteers, and responds to at-risk youth and…

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