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Glen Ellyn's Bridge Communities Receives $50,000 Grant from The Allstate Foundation

The nonprofit was one of 85 nonprofits from across the country to apply to receive funding.

Bridge Communities was one of 14 nonprofits chosen to receive grant funding from The Allstate Foundation. A total of 85 organizations applied for the grant money.

The Glen Ellyn-based nonprofit, which provides transitional housing to those in need, was awarded $50,000 from the foundation.

In conjunction with its 60th anniversary, The Allstate Foundation recently held a summit in Chicago where nonprofits were given the opportunity to develop a grant program to make the organizations more effective.

Bridge Communities will use the funds toward digital development to improve and enhance its Transitional Housing Program Information System, according to Bridge Communities.

“Bridge Communities is honored to have been selected as a recipient of this grant,” said John Hayner, Bridge Communities’ chief executive officer. “This is a tremendous opportunity for Bridge to use the most up-to-date technology available to better serve our client families.  We’ve been presented with a very exciting opportunity, and we will make the most of it.”

The grant will support enhancements to Bridge Communities’ Transitional Housing Program Information System, which will improve Bridge’s ability to track and report progress with the families it serves, according to Bridge Communities. The work will be undertaken in collaboration with the DuPage County Community Development Commission. 

The Allstate Foundation awarded grants of between $20,000 and $60,000 to 14 organizations across the country. The summit brought together more than100 nonprofit leaders who provide services in the focus areas including: financial empowerment for domestic violence survivors, teen safe driving and safe and vital communities.

“The current economy and scaled-back donations have left the nonprofit community searching for creative ways to reach the clients and communities they serve,” said Vicky Dinges, vice president of public social responsibility at Allstate.  “Our summit brought together a diverse set of leaders from national and local nonprofits to discuss trends in the nonprofit sector and develop solutions to many of the social crises facing our nation.  This conversation and tremendous need is what spurred The Allstate Foundation to create this $600,000 grant program, designed to give these 14 organizations the funds needed to improve delivery of services to thousands of Americans.”

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