Grant making in pursuit of the Foundation's mission and vision encompasses a strategic focus on quality of life indicators. The 2013 Grant Making document provides information on the the Foundation's priorities and the 2013 grant recipients.
For more information on the Foundation's 2014 grant cycle, please visit the Apply page.
Immediately below are the names of the people in the photo from left to right:
Greg Battle, Lake County Center for Independent Living
Allison Lourash, Lake County Center for Independent Living (in front)
Pat Davenport, A Safe Place (Alliance for Human Services)
John Shustitzky, The Alliance for Human Services
Maureen Murphy, Catholic Charities
Karen Szymanski, A Safe Place (Alliance for Human Services) (behind John)
Vicky Tello, Arden Shore Child and Family Services
Bob Payton, Arden Shore Child and Family Services
John Wineman, PADS Lake County
Joel Williams, PADS Lake County
Shella Blue, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Christine Lopez, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Lisa Pugliese, Affordable Housing Corporation of Lake County
Linda Liberatore, Affordable Housing Corporation of Lake County
Judy Foley, YWCA Lake County
Janice Bennett, YWCA Lake County
Marisa Reongpongdit, Northern Illinois Food Bank
Pete Schaefer, Northern Illinois Food Bank
2013 COMPETITIVE AND OPPORTUNITY
The foundation allocated its competitive grant making resources to support nonprofit organizations that are responding to current needs, have a track record of achieving objectives and have strong partnerships in place for projects that will advance the foundation’s impact goals for its priorities. In 2012, the foundation designated funds for projects that fall outside the traditional grant cycle but align with the organization’s grant guidelines and strategic priorities. This has allowed for more proactive and unique project funding.
Photos feature representatives from each organization with Lake County Community Foundation Executive Director Sylvia Zaldivar-Sykes and Foundation Board Chair A. Stewart Kerr.
Affordable Housing Corporation of Lake County ($20,000)
caption: Lisa Pugliese, Linda Liberatore, Affordable Housing Corporation of Lake County
Incorporated in 1995, the Affordable Housing Corporation of Lake County has provided comprehensive homeownership services to 2,000 homebuyers, rehabilitated more than 200 properties and educated and counseled nearly 10,000 households. The grant will support the establishment of a foreclosure mediation center to serve residents throughout Lake County.
The Alliance for Human Services ($85,000)
caption: Maureen Murphy, Catholic Charities, Pat Davenport & Karen Szymanski, A Safe Place, Sylvia Zaldivar-Sykes, The Lake County Community Foundation, John Shustitzky, The Alliance for Human Services, A. Stewart Kerr, The Lake County Community Foundation, Christine Lopez, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Bob Payton, Arden Shore Child & Family Services, Shella Blue, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Joel Williams, PADS Lake County
The Foundation has been incubating the Alliance over the last three years. In 2012, the organization hired its first Executive Director, John Shustitzky. Since then, the Alliance has completed and approved its articles of incorporation and by-laws and anticipates receiving 501(c)3 status within the next year. This grant will support further organizational development. Alliance members include: A Safe Place, Arden Shore Child & Family Services, Boys and Girls Club of Lake County, Catholic Charities, CREW, Inc., ElderCARE at Christ Church, HACES, HealthReach, Inc., I-Plus, Lake County Community Development, Lake County Health Department, Love INC of Lake County, Mano a Mano Family Resource Center, Mothers Trust Foundation, Nicasa, NFP, PADS Lake County, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Waukegan Public Library, Youth Conservation Corps, YouthBuild Lake County and Zion Township.
Northern Illinois Food Bank ($4880.50) – opportunity grant
caption: Marisa Reongpongdit, Pete Schaefer, Northern Illinois Food Bank
Founded in 1982, the mission of Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB)
is to lead the northern Illinois community in solving hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need through innovative programs and partnerships. Currently, the organization is participating in the national Feeding America Hunger Study, a valuable, comprehensive body of research that sheds light on hunger issues across the country and informs the work of many food banks and agencies
Focused on addressing food security in our community. This year, NIFB had the opportunity to complete a Lake County specific report that will better inform our understanding of the distinct needs of our communities and the challenges around food security that many of our residents face. This grant supports the development of the Lake County specific report.
PADS Lake County, Inc. ($10,000)
caption: John Wineman, Joel Williams, PADS Lake County
PADS Lake County, Inc. is dedicated to providing emergency shelter, permanent supportive housing and comprehensive resources to families with children and individuals experiencing homelessness in Lake County, Illinois. For 25 years, PADS Lake County has been providing overnight emergency shelter and supportive services to the homeless of Lake County. PADS has reached an historical crossroad. Their impending relocation will require a capital campaign that does not diminish opera- tional funding and an optimally functioning board to help make this significant transition. This grant will support the organization’s planning efforts for relocation and board development.
caption: Shella Blue, Christine Lopez, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Created in 2009, Rosalind Franklin’s Healthy Families Clinic provides comprehensive medical and mental health treatment to children, adults and families throughout Lake County. The mental health component of the clinic was developed through a partnership established by physicians’ assistant students from the university and Community Action Partnership of Lake County. The grant will support increasing access to mental health care for medically vulnerable families through the provi- sion of free mental health services year round, one night per week.
UChicago Impact ($9,000) – opportunity grant
Launched in response to the need for better tools to establish excellent schooling in urban America, UChicago Impact partners with schools to train internal leadership on how to implement UChicago Impact tools and interpret results to create actionable improvement plans. This grant supported UChicago Impact’s work with North Chicago Community Unit School District 187 to provide tailored training and implementation assistance to families completing the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, an evidence-based system designed to drive improvement in schools nationwide.
YWCA Lake County ($15,000)
caption: Judy Foley, Janice Bennett, YWCA Lake County
YWCA Lake County began its work nine decades ago, with a mission
to eliminate racism and empower women. Nearly 91 years later, the organization has continued this mission and has become a driving force in helping Lake County residents improve their lives by becoming self-sufficient and empowered through its many programs. The grant will support the organization’s efforts in meeting the increasing demand
for services to the growing Latino community by enabling programming to reach communities whose needs have previously gone unmet.
Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations ($1,000) – opportunity grant
The Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations (AICF) is a professional, collaborative membership entity created to strengthen and promote organized philanthropy in the State of Illinois, particularly through the promotion and development of publicly supported community foundations. AICF educates the public on the benefits, purpose and the role of publicly supported community foundations. This grant was made in collaboration with several community foundations throughout the state in support of the Endow Illinois tax credit, which authorizes an income tax credit to those who provide an endowment gift to a permanent endowment fund.
Arden Shore Child & Family Services ($15,000)
caption: Vicky Tello, Bob Payton, Arden Shore Child and Family Services
In 1898, Arden Shore began as a “fresh air” camp for poor immigrant families from Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. Over the years, services have been adapted to meet the needs of under-served children and families. Today, the agency promotes the health and well being of a diverse group of individuals from Lake County. This grant supports the expansion of the Mental Health Collaborative, launched in 2011, which operates in partnership with Nicasa, YWCA Lake County and Lake County Health Department. The mission of the collaborative is to deliver comprehensive treatment and mental health services to individuals with a co-occurring disorder of substance abuse and mental illness.
Lake County Center for Independent Living ($25,000)
caption: Greg Battle,Allison Lourash, Lake County Center for Independent Living
Founded in 1990, the mission of Lake County Center for Independent Living (LCCIL) is to empower people with disabilities to lead self- directed lives as valued members of the community. This is accomplished through the organization’s advocacy, independent living skills training, peer mentoring and information and referral services. Although the organization’s mission is to empower people with disabilities, LCCIL’s extensive advocacy efforts position it well to lead collaborative work around regional mobility planning. This grant will support collaborative efforts to achieve sustainability for the Northwest Demonstration Project and to expand this coordinated transportation model to the southeast quadrant of Lake County.