COVID-19 update

UPDATED 4/11/21

Our mission, our model and our process remain the same; however, due to the ongoing pandemic, we have made a few adjustments to allow us to carry on safely this year. We will continue to monitor the situation and update you as needed.

Unrestricted Grant Funds

This year we will award all grant funds as unrestricted to allow the Grant recipients to use the funds where they will make the greatest impact.

Grant Review and Financial Review Committees

All member committees will meet virtually via Zoom. All of our site visits in April will be conducted via live webinars where committee members can participate.

Education Events

This Fall, we will held three education events virtually.
    • September 30 – Impactful Conversation with 2020 Impact Grantee Connections for Abused Women and Their Children
    • October 20 – Impactful Conversation with 2020 Impact Grantee I Grow Chicago
    • November 17 – Lunch & Learn. “Rising to the Challenge: Nonprofits During COVID-19” with 2020 Impact Grantees Lakeview Pantry and El Hogar del Nino, 2019 Impact Grantee Facing Forward to End Homelessness and 2018 Impact Grantee Communities In Schools of Chicago.

Please see our 2020/21 event highlights page for the videos from these events.

Grant Awards Celebration

The Board of Directors  has made the decision to hold our 2020/21 Grant Awards Celebration as a virtual live event. Members will be sent an invitation with instructions for accessing the event, which will feature our President, Kristen Pettit Grube, who will share highlights of our year. She will then introduce the eight finalists, who will each give four-minute presentations followed by virtual voting. Absentee voting will also be available for those who cannot attend. Grant recipients will be announced on May 26 via an email video to all members.
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