Polk Bros. Foundation Blog

May 2, 2018
New Opportunity FIRST Fund

Chicago foundations create FIRST Fund to help address domestic violence

Chicago foundations create FIRST Fund to help address domestic violence CHICAGO —  Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) — in collaboration with Polk Bros. Foundation, Crown Family […]
April 7, 2018
Celebrate and Inspire Affordable Rental Housing Preservation

Celebrating 10 years of the Affordable Rental Housing Preservation award

Celebrating 10 years of the Affordable Rental Housing Preservation Award By Deborah Bennett, Senior Program Officer Chicago has a shortage of affordable housing. The supply of […]
September 4, 2017
Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities

Introduction to the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities

Introduction to the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities Chicago’s gun violence crisis requires all of us to make community safety a priority. Last year, following […]
October 15, 2014
Student painting

Spotlight on building arts partnerships to inspire learning

Spotlight on building arts partnerships to inspire learning In 1994, Polk Bros. Foundation issued a Request for Proposals that announced, “The Foundation seeks proposals for educational […]
September 7, 2014
Mother and son hugging

Spotlight on Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center

Spotlight on Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center Families with children who have been sexually abused often must face long legal processes, tell their stories multiple times to […]
August 30, 2014
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Spotlight on DePaul University’s Legal Resource Project

Spotlight on DePaul University’s Legal Resource Project Small and mid-size nonprofit organizations that serve immigrants and refugees can often struggle to keep up with evolving immigration […]
August 25, 2014
Welder, Welding, Industry, Industrial, Manufacturing

Spotlight on the Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance

Spotlight on the Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance As a founding collaborator in the Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance (CWFA) in 2012, Polk Bros. Foundation teamed with five […]
August 20, 2014
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Spotlight on college access, persistence and success

Spotlight on college access, persistence and success Not all high school seniors are on equal footing when it comes to applying to college. Students from low-income […]
August 11, 2014
Kids in a circle

Spotlight on full-service community schools

Spotlight on full-service community schools Research and experience tell us that young people, especially those living in impoverished urban environments, need a broad range of supports […]