Advancing the Greater Good
Multiplying Growth Opportunities with Across-the-Board Support
Chicago Youth Programs (CYP) is an organization focused on improving the health and life opportunities of at-risk youth. (Chicago, Illinois)
In a typical year, we
Submit 40-50 LOIs and proposals,
Raised more than $750,000 through grants (toward a $1.6 budget), and
Establish 5-7 new funding partnerships.
Over the last 3.5 years, AltruNext has partnered with CYP to submit over 120 funding proposals and has raised more than $2M, with several million in currently pending proposals. As a result, CYP has been well-positioned to weather the changes brought on by COVID and shifting institutional giving priorities. They’ve increased their government funding city and state), which has created transformational opportunities in meeting the needs of Chicago’s youth.
CYP is a scrappy organization, largely relying on over 600 volunteers each year to deliver programming to Black children and youth in some of Chicago’s most under-resourced neighborhoods. While incredibly successful in receiving grant funding, their small staff simply does not have the capacity to write numerous, high-quality grants throughout the year. In addition, CYP staff see the needs of these neighborhoods and youth changing rapidly and want to respond by refining programs and services. Yet, in order to conduct that type of strategic planning, CYP needed an outside partner to guide the process.
The Collaboration Process
AltruNext began its collaboration with CYP by conducting a thorough review of all historic grant funding, program outcomes, and existing systems.
Then, we created a Funding Matrix of all qualified prospects which informed a final Grant Calendar to direct activities.
Along the way, we have coachedCYP Board and staff members on industry best practices, so they could increase their impact.
After nearly four years of serving as an extension of their in-house team, our relationship has continued to grow. Recently, CYP asked AltruNext to lead a full strategic planning process, including assessment of and recommendations about Board governance, fund development opportunities, and the program/service delivery model. To date, this has included stakeholder surveys, focus groups, and interviews; facilitation of Board meetings; and audit of program outcomes.
Key Project Elements
Staff and Board Coaching