2016 $100,000 Impact Grant Recipients

Community Crisis Center provides safety, hope, advocacy, respite and education for those impacted by crisis and violence in the Fox Valley Region and Illinois. The Impact Grant will be used to replace the Center’s telephone system and renovate shelter space to better accommodate families with teenage boys.


Chicago Women in Trades is committed to improving women’s economic equity by increasing the number of women working in well-paid, skilled trades jobs. The Impact Grant will allow CWIT to expand their welding program thereby teaching more women important skills to be competitive in nontraditional employment.


Family Rescue’s mission is to eliminate domestic violence in the Chicago community by providing comprehensive support services and shelter to victims of domestic violence, particularly abused women and their children; engaging in advocacy to promote future system change; and encouraging prevention through community education. The Impact Grant will be used to make significant repairs to the Rosenthal Family Lodge shelter.


Inspiration Corporation helps people who are affected by homelessness and poverty to improve their lives and increase self-sufficiency through the provision of social services, employment training and placement, and housing. The Impact Grant will be used to support Inspiration Corporation’s foodservice training program by expanding their catering social business.


RefugeeOne’s mission is to create opportunity for refugees fleeing war, terror and persecution to build new lives of safety, dignity and self-reliance. The Impact Grant will fund a Medical Case Manager and updates in services, allowing RefugeeOne to better serve refugee adults and children suffering from complex health conditions.


Tutoring Chicago’s mission is to develop a foundation for life-long learning by providing free one-to-one tutoring and mentoring to economically disadvantaged children. The Impact Grant will fund an expansion of the tutoring programs to a third site and enhance programs at current sites.


Merit Grants ranging from $5,000-$7,000 were awarded to the following finalist organizations:

Accion Chicagowww.accionchicago.org
JPA – Juvenille Protection Associationwww.jpachicago.org
New Momswww.newmoms.org
One Million Degreeswww.onemilliondegrees.org
The Chicago Debate Commissionwww.chicagodebatecommission.org