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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.


The support from the First Nonprofit Foundation was for the purchase of a used 6-horse trailer. The foundation provided the entire amount needed to purchase the trailer. Routine maintenance/title transfer/insurance for this…

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Arc Culinary Expansion

The Arc Broward Culinary Expansion project is expanding their teaching kitchen facilities and classrooms to increase capacity in the culinary program, a successful mission-based enterprise operated since 2008. Through this…

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Association House of Chicago

For 120 years, Association House of Chicago has pursued its mission to serve a multi-cultural community through comprehensive, collaborative and effective programs in both English and Spanish. We promote health and wellness…

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Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg

The project is completed. The fire alarm system and security cameras will have a long life span. Annual maintenance and any repairs will be covered under our existing maintenance agreement with our current vendor and funded…

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Raising A Reader MA

As RAR-MA focuses on impact and sustainability, program staff are creating new technologies to supplement and enhance its awareness-raising and education program components by producing a series of instructional videos. …

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