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    Community Memorial Foundation Awards Nearly $1M

    COMMUNITY MEMORIAL FOUNDATION AWARDS NEARLY $1M IN FUNDING TO WEST SUBURBAN HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE AGENCIES

    Foundation’s cumulative investment in the region reaches $70M milestone

    HINSDALE, IL- Community Memorial Foundation’s spring grant cycle has awarded $946,662 dollars to enhance and expand healthcare access and human services programming throughout the western suburbs of Chicago. The funding supports 25 local organizations servicing western Cook and southeastern DuPage counties, and brings the Foundation’s cumulative investment in the region to more than $70 million dollars.

    “Since its inception, the Foundation has been dedicated to improving the health of those who live and work in our region,” says Greg DiDomenico, President of Community Memorial Foundation (CMF). “Our significant investment in the local community affirms the Foundation’s commitment to serve our neighbors at a time of increasing need, and is made possible only through the strength of our board leadership and grantee partnerships.”

    Community Memorial Foundation awards grants to 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations that deliver services within the 27 west suburban communities supported by the Foundation. Grant proposals are reviewed twice a year, and funding is allocated for program services and general operating support. The grants facilitate a diverse range of programming, including access to healthcare, basic needs, and behavioral health services.

    The Greater Chicago Food Depository, one of the Foundation’s spring 2017 grant recipients, received funding for its Mobile Pantry distribution throughout the Township of Lyons. Since 2012, Community Memorial Foundation has leveraged its grantmaking for this program with the township, which also awards funding for the project. With this grant, the Food Depository will serve approximately 5,000 people from CMF communities through the distribution of at least 100,000 pounds of food (a 26% increase from last year). “Public-private partnerships like these—between funders, local government, and service providers—improve access to basic needs at a time when many of our neighbors still struggle to make ends meet,” says Kate Maehr, Executive Director and CEO of the Food Depository. “They are more vital now than ever.”

    Community Memorial Foundation’s spring 2017 grant recipients are: Access Community Health Network; Advocate Charitable Foundation; Alivio Medical Center; All Our Children’s Advocacy Center; Arab American Family Services; Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago; Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet; Center for Independence through Conductive Education; The Community House; DuPage Health Coalition; Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley Region; Family Focus, Inc.; the Greater Chicago Food Depository; Hope for the Day; Hope’s Front Door; The LeaderShop; Life Span; Mercy Housing Lakefront; Metropolitan Family Services Southwest; NAMI Metro Suburban; NAMI of DuPage County; National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped; Ray Graham Association; SamaraCare; and YWCA Metropolitan Chicago.

    For a complete list of the programs supported by Community Memorial Foundation’s spring 2017 grant cycle, please visit: cmfdn.org/granthistory

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    About Community Memorial Foundation

    Community Memorial Foundation (CMF) is a private health conversion foundation established in 1995. CMF’s grant making and community work are guided by its mission — to measurably improve the health of those who live and work in the western suburbs of Chicago. Throughout more than 20 years of investing in the region, CMF has proudly awarded over $70 million dollars to non-profit organizations in the western suburbs of Cook County and southeastern portion of DuPage County. cmfdn.org

    * image credit | Greater Chicago Food Depository

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