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Excellent Emerging Organization Award

Grant to Chicago Area Non-Profits for
Capacity Building to Improve Services & Efficiency

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Foundation / Corporation

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The Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management

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One grant valued at approximately $50,000 to Illinois non-profits that provide quality programs or services that benefit residents of Chicago and/or its surrounding communities. The purpose of these grants is to provide capacity building support to improve services and efficiency for organizations with a demonstrated potential for growth and high impact. The organization must demonstrate that it is capable of leadership within its subsector, as well as innovation in its programs and service delivery. Organizations should demonstrate financial stability, sound management, and visions and plans for its future success.

The organization will be awarded a capacity-building package, which in past years has been valued at approximately $50,000. The package could include services such as:

-$1,000 in professional development programs from the Axelson Center;
-1 year mentoring by a senior nonprofit leader;
-A professional attorney will evaluate the organization's internal operations, alerting management to any potential legal or regulatory issues;
-A team of highly-experienced consultants will provide a wide-ranging, in-depth organizational assessment to identify key strengths and opportunities, and then develop a strategically-focused capacity-building plan for capitalizing on them and ensuring ongoing progress;
-An unrestricted grant of $2,500.

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GrantWatch ID#: 132119

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Valued at approximately $50,000 in capacity building support.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to be considered for the award, an applicant must be a 501(c)3 organization and its primary mission focus must benefit Chicago and/or its surrounding communities. Staff, board members, and volunteers may nominate their own organizations.

Applicant must also meet the following requirements:
-Organization has been in existence for 10 years or less.
-Organization budget must not exceed $750,000.
-Organization must have 10 or less full-time staff members.

Pre-Application Information:

Download the application form at:

Contact the Axelson Center by email or by phone at (773) 244-5747 to nominate an organization for this award. Organizations do not need to be nominated in order to apply, but members of the community are welcome to nominate organizations that they know. If you do nominate an organization, please include a contact person, their email, and phone number so that we may contact them to complete the application.

Application Process:
Complete and mail/email the initial application (postmarked no later than March 1, 2013). Include a copy of your 501(c)3 letter. Electronic files are preferred. The initial applications will be reviewed and 3-5 organizations will be chosen to complete an interview with the review committee. The qualifying organizations will be notified no later than March 22, 2013. These organizations will schedule interviews with the committee between March 22 and early April. All qualifying organizations will receive special recognition at the Symposium luncheon on June 4, 2013.

Mail, fax, or email (electronic files are preferred) your application, postmarked no later than March 1, 2013, to:

Attention: Jessica Bouboulis
The Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management
North Park University
3225 West Foster Ave. – Box 4
Chicago, Illinois 60625

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Phone: (773) 244-5747

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois