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School-Based Literacy Nonprofits in Chicago Merge

Working in the Schools (WITS) and Boundless Readers (BR) were literacy organizations working in Chicago public schools. WITS connected students with working professionals who served as mentors to 2,600 children across in 31 schools each year, while BR focused on teachers, working with 63 school to provide professional development. The two organizations realized that they had complementary missions and audiences, and determined that a merger would provide succession planning, expanded programs, increased staff efficiency, increased fundraising opportunities, and some cost savings. The SeaChange-Lodestar Fund for Nonprofit Collaboration funded some of the one-time costs of the merger.

Grant Information

Grant Amount: $8,000

Year Granted: 2015

Grantee: Working in the Schools (WITS)

Location: IL - Illinois

Grantee Website: Working in the Schools (WITS)