The Coleman Foundation Launches COVID-19 Matching Grants Program

Coleman Foundation is matching grants to 80 Chicago area nonprofit organizations

In an effort to support its grantees during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Coleman Foundation has invited 80 organizations to participate in its COVID-19 Matching Grant Program. Through the Program, organizations, which span the Foundation’s program areas, may earn a grant award of up to $25,000 as a match to donations from private individuals received between April 15 and June 1, 2020. To ensure that grantees employ campaign strategies that work best for activating their own donors, the Foundation is not setting additional parameters that limit how grantees use this match opportunity.

Coleman Foundation is matching grants to 80 Chicago area nonprofit organizations

Over the past seven years, the Foundation provided matching grant opportunities to its grantees with a focus on Giving Tuesday, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. During that time, the Foundation awarded 367 grants totaling over $3.5 million. Those matching grants enabled participating organizations to raise more than $11.5 million.

Recently, Giving Tuesday organizers established #GivingTuesdayNow as a global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Organizations participating in the Program may choose to incorporate #GivingTuesdayNow into their matching grants campaigns but are not required to do so.

“Our hope is that each organization takes the lessons we have all learned from our previous matching grants programs and develops the campaign that works best for them during this unique time,” said Clark McCain, Senior Program Officer. “We want our grantees to be successful in earning as much of the available Foundation funds as they can. We want to empower them to use this match opportunity to generate the best possible response from their donor base.”

Avenues To Independence
The Coleman Foundation is matching grants to eighty Chicago area nonprofits, including Avenues to Independence who made this awesome video. #GivingTuesdayNow

Below is a listing of participating organizations:


  • A Safe Haven Foundation
  • A Silver Lining Foundation
  • ALAS Wings
  • Almost Home Kids
  • Aspire
  • Aspiritech
  • Association for Individual Development
  • Avenues to Independence
  • Barbara Olson Center of Hope
  • Blue Cap
  • Cal’s All Star Angel Foundation, Inc.
  • Camp Kesem
  • Cancer Support Center
  • Cancer Wellness Center
  • Cara Chicago
  • Center for Enriched Living
  • Center for Independence through Conductive Education
  • Center for Independent Futures
  • Chicago Artist Coalition
  • Children’s Oncology Services, Inc.
  • Clearbrook
  • Cornerstone Services
  • CTF Illinois
  • Culinary Care
  • Designs for Dignity
  • Devices 4 The Disabled
  • Donka, Incorporated
  • Easterseals Metro Chicago
  • Economic Awareness Council
  • ELIM Christian Services
  • Empowering Gardens
  • Envision Unlimited
  • Esperanza Community Services
  • Exponent Philanthropy
  • FamilyFarmed
  • Fox Valley Home of Hope
  • Future Founders
  • Gateway to Learning
  • Gilda’s Club Chicago


  • Good Shepherd Manor
  • Have Dreams
  • Helping Hand Center
  • Home of Hope Cancer Wellness Center
  • IMD Guest House
  • Imerman Angels
  • JourneyCare
  • L’Arche Chicago
  • Lemons of Love
  • Leukemia Lymphoma Society
  • Leukemia Research Foundation
  • Little City Foundation
  • Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation
  • Misericordia
  • Oak-Leyden Developmental Services
  • Opportunity Knocks
  • Orchard Village
  • Our Place of New Trier Township
  • Park Lawn Association
  • PAWS Chicago
  • Riverside Foundation
  • Sarah’s Inn
  • Search Inc.
  • Sertoma Centre
  • Shore Community Services
  • Sisters Network Chicago Chapter
  • Soaring Eagle Academy
  • St. Coletta’s
  • STARS Family Services
  • The Arts of Life
  • The Douglas Center
  • The Latino Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Alliance
  • Trinity Services
  • True North Treks
  • Turning Pointe Autism Foundation
  • Twist Out Cancer
  • UCP Seguin
  • Urban Autism Solutions
  • Wellness House

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