ORGANIZATION & PROJECT CRITERIA

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Organization & Project Criteria

EVALUATION CRITERIA

GENERAL

  • Must be a nonprofit organization tax-exempt under IRC section 501(c)(3) and classified as a public charity under IRC section 509(a)(1), 509(a)(2), or 509(a)(3)(Type I)
  • Operates within the Greater Chicago area
  • A significant portion of the organization’s programing addresses one or more of the Foundation’s core cause areas

EVALUATION CRITERIA

GENERAL

  • Must be a nonprofit organization tax-exempt under IRC section 501(c)(3) and classified as a public charity under IRC section 509(a)(1), 509(a)(2), or 509(a)(3)(Type I)
  • Operates within the Greater Chicago area
  • A significant portion of the organization’s programing addresses one or more of the Foundation’s core cause areas

EVALUATION CRITERIA

STRATEGY & LEADERSHIP

  • Clear and compelling mission and vision
  • Proven commitment to continuous improvement throughout the organization
  • Willingness to build a trusting relationship with an engaged funder
  • Executive Director or Chief Executive Officer demonstrates strong leadership and management qualities
  • Board of directors has advisory experience, represents diverse and relevant skillsets

EVALUATION CRITERIA

STRATEGY & LEADERSHIP

  • Clear and compelling mission and vision
  • Proven commitment to continuous improvement throughout the organization
  • Willingness to build a trusting relationship with an engaged funder
  • Executive Director or Chief Executive Officer demonstrates strong leadership and management qualities
  • Board of directors has advisory experience, represents diverse and relevant skillsets

EVALUATION CRITERIA

FINANCIAL

  • Detailed organizational and project budgets
  • Clean audits
  • Positive annual net income
  • Strong cash flow management

EVALUATION CRITERIA

FINANCIAL

  • Detailed organizational and project budgets
  • Clean audits
  • Positive annual net income
  • Strong cash flow management

EVALUATION CRITERIA

PROJECT

  • Innovative, evidence-based approach/solution
  • Expected significant, long-term impact from the project
  • Clearly defined target population and intended impact
  • Deep understanding of broader environmental context, challenges and opportunities
  • Detailed plan with a clear approach for measuring project outcomes
  • Plan and resources to support/maintain the project long term
  • Approval and support from the organization’s board of directors

EVALUATION CRITERIA

PROJECT

  • Innovative, evidence-based approach/solution
  • Expected significant, long-term impact from the project
  • Clearly defined target population and intended impact
  • Deep understanding of broader environmental context, challenges and opportunities
  • Detailed plan with a clear approach for measuring project outcomes
  • Plan and resources to support/maintain the project long term
  • Approval and support from the organization’s board of directors