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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.


BraveHearts -2019 Funding (Ford Expedition)

The support from the First Nonprofit Foundation was for the purchase of a vehicle to be used with the primary intention of Trail to Zero as well as transportation of veterans for services and/or outreach events. The foundation…

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Services for the UnderServed (S:US)

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.…

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Memory Matters

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.…

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Reach Out and Read

The Curious George Store Collaboration was launched late in 2018, with a dual mission: To provide parents of children 0-5 with additional coaching on the vital importance of reading together at home, and instruction…

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Westmoreland Sanctuary

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. . .…

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