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Northern Trust Centennial Fund

BDPA Chicago chapter president Pamela Sexton and the chapter’s BETF liaison Diane Hampton worked with the BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) to submit a $7,500 grant proposal to the Northern Trust Centennial Fund.

Established in 1989, the Northern Trust Centennial Fund for the Education of Children is an endowment fund held at The Chicago Community Trust that commemorated the 100 year anniversary of Northern Trust. The purpose of the fund is to positively impact student learning and academic achievement in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. The fund concentrates on identifying promising, effective small programs that, through a grant from the fund, can greatly expand their services to children. The Centennial Fund is invitation only and unfortunately cannot accept unsolicited proposals.

Northern Trust has a seat on the BDPA Chicago Corporate Advisory Council. It was through this CAC representative that we rec’d an invitation to submit our grant proposal. We had to turn it around in 24 hours to make the deadline … and we did it!

Wish us luck as we await the response.

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We rec'd a call from officials at the Northern Trust Centennial Fund today. Our grant proposal made it through the first phase of the funding process.  We asked them for $7,500 to support the chapter's Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program in Chicago.

The next phase is a site visit. They want to see how the SITES Program works in Chicago. BDPA chapter president Pamela Sexton and her team will schedule the site vist.

Wish 'em luck y'all!

 

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) worked closely with BDPA Chicago chapter president Pamela Sexton to submit a $7,500 grant proposal to the Northern Trust Centennial Fund. We made it to the final level of consideration, including a site visit. However, we learned that our funding request was not approved.

The declination letter read as follows:
Dear Pamela,

Thank you for submitting a grant proposal to the Northern Trust Centennial Fund for the Education of Children, a group-advised fund of The Chicago Community Trust. Your proposal for funding from BDPA Education and Technology Foundation was carefully reviewed by the Centennial Fund Committee. We regret to inform you that your program was not selected to receive a grant this year.

As is the case every year, the number of proposals and amount of funding sought by organizations such as yours far exceeded available resources. The Centennial Fund was not able to fund every deserving proposal.

On behalf of the Chicago Community Trust, Northern Trust and the Centennial Fund Committee, thank you for your efforts to improve the well-being of our community. We wish you success in your continued fundraising endeavors.

Sincerely,
Kathy Pope
Assistant Director of Donor Services

BDPA Chicago is one of the best-run chapters in the nation. I'm confident that they will continue to find success in fundraising for its programs, scholarships and services. You can help by making a donation to the BDPA Chicago HSCC Scholarship Fund.

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