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Coleman and Fund for Equitable Business Growth Offer Virtual Workshop for Business Support Organizations

As part of our strategic plan learning agenda in entrepreneurship, Coleman co-hosted a virtual workshop for Business SupportOrganizations (BSOs) in February with the Fund for Equitable Business Growth (the Fund). The Fund, a collaboration between the Chicago Community Trust and...
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The Coleman Supportive Oncology Collaboration Finds a New Home With Equal Hope

For decades, The Coleman Foundation has funded cancer research, treatment and care. Our deep and diverse work in this field with hospitals and community support centers afforded us a unique position from where we learned the common concerns shared by...

Senior Program Officer Rosa Berardi Reflects on 25+ Years with the Foundation

Dear friends and colleagues, After almost 26 years with the Coleman Foundation, it is bittersweet to announce that my tenure will end on June 30, 2022. It has been my privilege to serve as Senior Program Officer where I was...
This was a year of reflection, listening, and learning. We awarded $7.1 million across our program areas and beyond to help grantees fulfill their missions and serve their communities.

Moving Forward: The Coleman Foundation 2021 Annual Report

2021 Annual Report Reflections On 2021 Letter from the CEO: Shelley Davis I am proud and delighted to introduce the Coleman Foundation's first Annual Report to our peers, partners, grantees and friends, and pleased to have this opportunity to share my thoughts...
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Almost Home Kids Develops a Replicable Care Model for Children with Multiple Disabilities

By Rosa Berardi Senior Program Officer   The Coleman Foundation has long supported organizations that serve individuals with developmental disabilities. Recognizing that disability rehabilitation can be a lifelong process beginning at birth, Coleman has approached and listened to the needs of organizations...
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Community Economic Recovery through Entrepreneurship: Revitalizing Urban Corridors

By Clark McCain Senior Program Officer    In 2017, after decades of work to advance entrepreneurship education at colleges and universities, the Coleman Foundation pivoted its attention to Chicago neighborhoods. We began to recognize that the work of creating access to entrepreneurship programs in higher education was substantially complete, and...
Clark McCain's last day with The Foundation will be November 30, 2021

Senior Program Officer Clark McCain Closes His Coleman Foundation Chapter

By Clark McCain   This summer marked my fifteenth anniversary at The Coleman Foundation and in private philanthropy. With gratitude for the opportunity and awe in our achievements, I announce my plans to depart from the Foundation at the end...
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November 2021: Two Coleman Grantees Inspire Gratitude and Fresh Ideas

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season upon us, it’s easy to focus on long to-do lists and year-end tasks and forget to take a moment for appreciation or gratitude. In this newsletter, we do just that by...
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October 2021: A Fond Farewell for Mike Hennessy and 3rd Quarter Grants

On a cool, autumn evening in September, the Coleman team gathered with an intimate subset of our grantee family to celebrate our retired CEO Mike Hennessy. With room to safely social distance in an indoor/outdoor space, our small group was able...
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Third Quarter 2021 Grants

The Coleman Foundation awarded 8 grants for a total of $1.58 million in July, August, and September 2021.   Program/Organization Amount Description Developmental Disabilities Keystone Alliance $191,000  Keystone Solutions Platform L'Arche Chicago $400,000  New Fully Accessible CILA Home Entrepreneurship Chicago...

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