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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.


McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine

While quality systems, such as U.S. FDA Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) are an integral part of the safety testing and manufacturing of medical products ranging from pharmaceuticals…

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Bench Mark Program

Bench Mark Program is a strength-based family of mentors who use exercise, academic coaching, and career counseling to propel at-risk youth toward successful futures.

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Aspire’s Career Academy

Aspire's  mission  is  to  support  the  successes  of  children  and  adults  with  developmental disabilities,  strengthen  their  families  and  build  embracing  communities.  In 1960,  ten  families…

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ARC Broward

ARC Broward’s mission is to transform the community by providing opportunities for people with disabilities and other life challenges to realize their full potential. Our vision is to be recognized as the premier organization…

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The Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island

Great futures start everyday at the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island. This club is a safe and fun place for club members to interact with friends, classmates and staff while they enjoy a wide variety of educational,…

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