Catalyst Grants

Each year, our staff and board nominate several organizations to receive Catalyst Grants: one-time contributions made as part of our year-end giving. These organizations typically work on issues beyond our primary program areas. What unites them is their distinct and promising approaches to chronic social problems.

Catalyst Grants

Each year, our staff and board nominate several organizations to receive Catalyst Grants: one-time contributions made as part of our year-end giving. These organizations typically work on issues beyond our primary program areas. What unites them is their distinct and promising approaches to chronic social problems.

Year Funded:
Category:
Environment
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350.org

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Youth Development
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826CHI

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Community and Economic Development
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A Better Chicago

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Health and Human Services
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A Safe Haven

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Health and Human Services
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Access Living

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Youth Development
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After School Matters

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Health and Human Services
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Almost Home Kids

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Immigration
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Apna Ghar

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Arts and Culture
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Artreach at Lillstreet

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Community and Economic Development
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Ashoka

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Youth Development
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Ashoka’s Empathy Initiative

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Community and Economic Development
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Aspen Community Foundation

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Education
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Beyond 12

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Youth Development
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Beyond the Ball

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Youth Development
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Blue Sky Bakery

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Arts and Culture
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Bodies of Work

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Arts and Culture
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BOUNCE: The Basketball Opera

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Community and Economic Development
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Breakthrough Christmas Store

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Education
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BUILD

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Environment
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California Wildfire Relief Fund

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Health and Human Services
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Canine Therapy Corps

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Health and Human Services
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CASA

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Health and Human Services
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Cathedral Shelter (now ReVive Center)

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Education
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Center for Investigating Healthy Minds

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Health and Human Services
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Center on Halsted

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Education
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Chicago Literacenter

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Education
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Chicago Quest

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Community and Economic Development
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City Farm Chicago

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Community and Economic Development
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Cleanslate by Cara

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Education
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Community Guilds

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Health and Human Services
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Crisis Text Line

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Community and Economic Development
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Curt’s Cafe

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Health and Human Services
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D-Rev: Design Revolution

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Health and Human Services
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Deborah’s Place

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Health and Human Services
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Edesia

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Arts and Culture
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Ellis Marsalis Center

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Education
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Embarc

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Health and Human Services
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Emergency Fund for Needy People

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Health and Human Services
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Empowerment Plan + Night Ministry Coat Distribution Project

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Community and Economic Development
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Experimental Station

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Health and Human Services
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Family Visitors Program

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Health and Human Services
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Feeding America

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Youth Development
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Games for Change

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Health and Human Services
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Gary Sinise Foundation

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Immigration
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GirlForward

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Youth Development
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Girls4Science

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Education
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Global Citizen Year

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Health and Human Services
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Greater Chicago Food Depository

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Environment
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Grist

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Arts and Culture
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Growing Home

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Arts and Culture
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Guitars Over Guns

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Education
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Harvard Law School Dean’s Fund

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Health and Human Services
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Health Wagon

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Education
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Higher Achievement

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Health and Human Services
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Himalayan Cataract Project

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Health and Human Services
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Honor Flight

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Immigration
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Illinois Business Immigration Coalition

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Youth Development
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Innovation Center

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Health and Human Services
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Jewish Child and Family Services

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Community and Economic Development
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Kusanya Cafe

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Education
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LaundryCares Foundation

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Health and Human Services
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LavaMaeX

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Education
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Library for All

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Arts and Culture
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Marwen

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Education
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Metropolitan Family Services

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Health and Human Services
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Metropolitan Family Services

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Health and Human Services
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mRelief

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Arts and Culture
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Musicians On Call

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Community and Economic Development
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My Block, My Hood, My City

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Health and Human Services
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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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Environment
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Natural Resources Defense Council

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Health and Human Services
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New Moms

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Community and Economic Development
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North Lawndale Employment Network

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Health and Human Services
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Northwestern Memorial Foundation

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Community and Economic Development
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One Acre Fund

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Health and Human Services
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One Simple Wish

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Education
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OneGoal

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Health and Human Services
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Operation Gratitude

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Health and Human Services
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Operation Warm

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Health and Human Services
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Peer Health Exchange

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Arts and Culture
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Playing for Change

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Education
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Posse Foundation

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Health and Human Services
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Project C.U.R.E.

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Environment
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Project Drawdown

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Health and Human Services
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Project Fierce

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Youth Development
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Project Fire

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Health and Human Services
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Recipe for Change

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Immigration
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Refugees International

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Immigration
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Refunite

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Education
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Reimagining Migration

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Education
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Rowe-Clark Science and Math Academy

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Education
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Ryan Banks Academy

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Environment
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SustainUS

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Community and Economic Development
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Sweet Water Foundation

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Arts and Culture
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Symphony for a Broken Orchestra

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Education
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TalkingPoints

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Education
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Teach for America

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Health and Human Services
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Team Rubicon

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Community and Economic Development
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TechTonica

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Immigration
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The Florence Project

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Health and Human Services
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The Night Ministry

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Environment
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The Ocean Cleanup

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Arts and Culture
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The Simple Good

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Environment
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The Solstice Initiative

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Environment
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The Wetlands Initiative

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Education
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TheDream.US

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Community and Economic Development
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Thistle Farms

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Health and Human Services
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Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities

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Community and Economic Development
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Uncharted

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Health and Human Services
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University of Illinois Baby Cuddling Program

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Health and Human Services
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Upsolve

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Immigration
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Upwardly Global

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Youth Development
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Urban Initiatives

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Education
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Vox Teen Communications

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Community and Economic Development
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Water.org

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Education
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Wishbone

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Immigration
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Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights

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Arts and Culture
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Youth In Focus

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Youth Development
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YR Media

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