IL Count Me In 2020 Funders' Collaborative Grantees Announced

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Last year, Forefront established the IL Count Me In 2020 Funders’ Collaborative to garner joint funding for Census outreach and education efforts for nonprofits in Illinois. The Funders' Collaborative co-chairs, Mark Murray of the Field Foundation and Deborah Bennett of Polk Bros. Foundation, worked hard all year alongside Forefront to secure contributions of $1.75 million. This past fall, Forefront worked closely with a smaller subset of these foundations through a working group to create a pertinent grant application, drawing from the 2010 IL Count Me In RFP, that the larger Funders’ Collaborative for 2020 would review and approve. 

A paper version of the IL Count Me In 2020 RFP was released on Forefront’s website on January 15. For the first time in Forefront’s history, an online portal went live on February 1 along with an informational webinar. An FAQ document regarding the RFP was updated consistently throughout the month. The portal was open for the month of February and the deadline to apply was midnight on February 28.  

Eighty organizations applied, totaling requests over $6.5 million. The smaller funders’ working group had the hard task of reviewing applications and selecting grantees that would comprise Forefront’s IL Count Me In 2020 Get Out the Count (GOTC) grantee program for 2020 Census outreach efforts with $1.65 Million to grant out.  

In early March, the smaller funders’ working group were split into four teams to review applications. Once all the applications were reviewed, the group met in person to select the GOTC grantees. With the approval of the larger Funders’ Collaborative in mid-March, the grantees were officially unveiled at the Forefront Census Summit in Springfield last week. 

On April 3, 2019 Forefront announced the 42 grantees that will participate in IL Count Me In 2020 GOTC program. At the Census Summit, Forefront Consultant Tuyet Le remarked on the selection process: “We wanted organizations that were deeply rooted, trusted, and led by those from the community they serve.” 

Grantees will begin their work in June, 2019 in Illinois with a grantee convening to begin digging into plans for the GOTC campaign. Forefront is incredibly proud to shepherd these vital resources to our grantees resulting in their increased capacity and to build even more momentum leading up to the 2020 Census. #ILCountMeIn2020 

Please see list of the IL Count Me In 2020 GOTC grantees below: 

Arab American Family Services 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago 

Brighton Park Neighborhood Council 

CHANGE Illinois 

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless 

Chicago Urban League 

City of North Chicago (via YBLC Inc.) 

Claretian Associates 

Common Cause Education Fund 

Communities United 

Enlace Chicago 

Faith Coalition for the Common Good, Inc 

First Ladies Health Alliance NFP 

Gail Borden Public Library Foundation 

Howard Brown Health 

Illinois Action for Children 

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights 

Illinois Migrant Council 

Illinois Muslim Civic Coalition 

Illinois Partners for Human Service 

Latino Policy Forum 

Literacy Works 

Logan Square Neighborhood Association 

Mano a Mano Family Resource Center 

NAACP Chicago Westside Branch 

Organizing Neighborhoods for Equality: Northside (ONE Northside) 

PASO West Suburban Action Project 

Public Narrative 

Sinai Health System 

Southern Illinois Community Foundation 

Southwest Organizing Project 

Spanish Community Center 

St. Agatha Catholic Parish 

The Resurrection Project 

United Congregations of Metro-East 

United Way of the Fox Valley and City of Aurora 

Waukegan Public Library and City of Waukegan 

Westside Health Authority 

Workers Center for Racial Justice NFP 

World Relief (Moline) 

Young Men's Christian Association of the University of Illinois 

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago