Leveraging Philanthropy and Collaboration

The Lodestar Foundation seeks to expand the overall capacity of the social sector by promoting philanthropy, volunteering, public service, nonprofit collaboration and other business practices.

Merger of Like-Missioned Chicago Nonprofits

Envision Unlimited and Neumann Family Services serve populations with intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental illness, or a dual diagnosis. Both organizations originally focused on children and expanded to providing services to adults.  The nonprofits have been working side-by-side side for years, discussing the state of the health services industry and sharing concerns about the industry’s transition to a managed care system. The combined nonprofit provides the ability to scale, complementary programs and increased fundraising opportunities.  The SeaChange-Lodestar Fund for Nonprofit Collaboration provided a grant to fund a portion of the one-time costs for the merger.

Grant Information

Grant Amount
Year Granted
Envision Unlimited
IL - Illinois