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Merger of Illinois Disability Services Nonprofits

SouthSTAR Services and New Hope Center were nonprofits with 65 and 55 years, respectively, of supporting people with developmental disabilities in the south suburbs of Cook County, Illinois. After nearly a decade of collaboration and facing the challenges of decreased state funding, the organizations decided to pursue a merger to operate more efficiently while enhancing and expanding their operations. The organizations merged into New Star in 2016 with the support of a grant from the SeaChange-Lodestar Fund for Nonprofit Collaboration to cover partial costs.

Grant Information

Grant Amount: $10,000

Year Granted: 2016

Grantee: SouthSTAR Services

Location: IL - Illinois

Grantee Website: New Star