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The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation is proud to announce 24 new professional development and organizational vitality grants to support organizations working in the areas of the Built Environment, Arts and Culture, and Investigative Journalism for Government Accountability. Totaling nearly $83,000, these grants promote the professional and personal well-being of the individuals working in the non-profit sector.

While skills-based training, conference attendance support, and leadership development remain as cornerstone opportunities for the program, the Driehaus Foundation sought to widen the reach of its grantmaking through bolstering an individual’s wellness as a way of mitigating burnout. Only through valuing an individual’s whole self can an organization’s overall health be strengthened for continued success. Congratulations to all the grant recipients!

2023 Professional Development and Organizational Vitality Grants

Active Transportation Alliance

$4,000 to fund a consultant led assessment of organizational structure and strategic priorities with focus on leadership development and career mobility

$3,800 for registration and travel costs for the Executive Director to attend the four-day Embodied Transformation training at the Strozzi Institute in California

Arts Alliance Illinois
$4,000 to fund course fees for four staff to virtually take the federal grants management online training offered by Management Concepts by June 2024

Block Club Chicago
$4,000 to fund registration and lodging fees for journalists' and news association conferences for two staff members in August/September 2024

Chicago Humanities Festival
$4,000 for registration costs for staff leaders to take The Management Center's "Managing to Change the World" virtual training between October 2023 - March 2024

Chicago Reader
$4,000 for costs to pilot the virtual Healthee assistance program to give all employees increased mental wellness and coping strategies support

Congress for the New Urbanism
$4,000 for nine staff to take two courses and two staff to take one course on racial equity strategies for NPOs offered online by UW-Tacoma Professional Development Center

$3,000 to support travel related costs for Executive Director to attend Film Festival Alliance national convening at Sundance Film Festival in January 2024

Friends of the Chicago River
$4,000 to fund workshops and individual consulting hours for staff leaders on workplan rollout and leadership development training from Hansra Consulting

Glessner House
$1,450 for travel and registration costs for the executive director to attend the February 2024 Small Museum Association conference in Richmond, Virginia

Historic Pullman Empowerment Organization
$3,300 for two organization leaders to take the three required courses in the nonprofit management certificate program at University of Illinois-Chicago

Injustice Watch
$4,000 to support a consultant led two-day staff retreat in fall 2023 focused on organizational culture, priorities, and development

Invisible Institute
$4,000 to support the development team to take three virtual classes from University of Indiana and membership dues for three philanthropy sector organizations

Landmarks Illinois
$3,905 for travel and registration costs for three staff to attend the PastForward Conference in Washington, DC in November 2023

Lincoln Park Conservancy
$655 to fund professional association memberships and staff participation in association programs and training opportunities

National Preservation Partners Network
$3,500 to fund consultants’ fees to perform website and media accessibility and inclusivity audits by June 2024

$4,000 to fund journalism consultants’ fees to provide three seminars on writing and public records laws and searches to ProPublica reporters and editors

Public Media Institute
$4,000 to fund training for Buddy shop staff leaders with Afable Consulting LLC and professional association membership for Lumpen Radio director

South Side Weekly NFP
$4,000 to fund venue and other event expenses and consultant fees for a two-day all-staff and board strategic planning retreat

Star Farm Chicago
$1,000 to fund speaker fees and other costs for staff visioning session and workshop about work-life balance and strategies to achieve it in November 2023

Territory NFP
$3,000 for consultant fees, travel, and event expenses for a three-day restorative justice training for six Territory staff, instructors, and youth leaders

The Chicago Community Foundation 
as fiscal sponsor for Arts Work Fund, $2,850 for travel and other costs for director to attend the 2023 Grantmakers in the Arts conference in Puerto Rico

The Ruth Page Foundation
$4,000 for two Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion workshops for staff/faculty, and In-Residence partners taught by consultant Lauren Collins

Urban Growers Collective 
$4,000 to fund venue, event, and consultant expenses for Intensive Leadership Facilitator Training & Culture Orientation for staff, board, and core partners

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