In the third quarter of 2014, the Coleman Foundation approved three grants totaling over $1 million dollars to three non-profit organizations in support of entrepreneurship education, health and rehabilitation, and human services programs. These grants advance strategies articulated in the Foundation's Impact Plans. Among those receiving grants in these program areas are:
North Central College, Naperville, IL
$82,000 to support the Self-Employment in the Arts (SEA) Program. This grant is to continue support for the SEA Program which focuses on the business of the arts including such topics as marketing, legal issues, sales, financial management, networking, business planning, and industry specific information. SEA hosts an Annual Conference in February 2015, regional conferences, and workshops. The program is geared towards college students and faculty in the visual, performing, literary, and media arts. Support will also fund development of arts business concept for the SEA website which is available for the emerging and practicing artists.
Health and Rehabilitation
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
$790,000 over three years to support the Primary Palliative Care Training Program to Improve Access for Cancer Patients. Funding is to support expansion of the training program to continue to build a regional infrastructure to promote palliative medicine and deliver quality palliative care services at approximately 30 hospitals across Chicagoland. The program includes education and mentoring for a multidisciplinary cohort of health professionals unknown as “Coleman Palliative Medicine Fellows”, as well as programming to encourage hospital administrators to support and incorporate palliative care at their institutions.
Center for Independent Futures, Evanston, IL
$187,000 to support the Enhancing Capacity through Community Partnerships project. Funding is to engage individuals with intellectual and development disabilities, their families and communities (community-based organizations, private-sector and public entities) in 1) determining their readiness to create and implement sustainable, alternative housing models; 2) enhancing their capacity to do so; and 3) replicating a process by which to do it. The process at the core of this proposal initiative was developed and piloted in the Community Partnership Project, funded by the Coleman Foundation in 2012.