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 School-Based Literacy Nonprofits

Working in the Schools (WITS) and Boundless Readers (BR) were literacy organizations working in Chicago public schools. WITS connected students with working professionals that serve as mentors to 2,600 children across in 31 schools each year, while BR is focused on teachers, working with 63 school to provide professional development.  The two organizations realized that they had complementary missions and audiences, and determined that a merger would provide succession planning, expanded programs, increased staff efficiency, increased fundraising opportunities, and some cost savings. The SeaChange-Lodestar Fund for Nonprofit Collaboration funded some of the one-time costs of the merger.

Grant Information

Grant Amount
Year Granted
Working in the Schools (WITS)
IL - Illinois