Merger of Disability Services Organizations Results in Comprehensive Programming

Belle Center of Chicago and Aspire were two Chicago-based organizations providing services to people with developmental disabilities. Aspire, the larger organization of the two, focused on adults with services located primarily in Chicago’s suburbs, while the smaller Belle Center served children and their families largely in the city. The merger allowed the two organizations with different programming strengths and geographic emphasis to create a more comprehensive program serving a larger community. The SeaChange-Lodestar Fund for Nonprofit Collaboration provided the organizations with an initial grant to explore the possibility of a merger and a second grant to help fund one-time expenses associated with the merger.

Grant Information

Grant Amount: $12,500

Year Granted: 2013

Timeframe: Grant awarded over multiple years

Grantee: Aspire Chicago

Location: IL - Illinois

Grantee Website: Aspire Chicago