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HIGHLAND PARK COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Give Where You Live

Highland Park, IL   |  www.hpcfil.org

Mission

To address the unmet needs of our community and expand opportunities for all Highland Park and Highwood residents.

Ruling year info

1992

Chairman

Betsy Brint

Main address

P.O. Box 398

Highland Park, IL 60035 USA

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EIN

36-3819818

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are needs in our community that are not being addressed because of decreased government funding and insufficient funding needed by the organizations and agencies that can best address them. There are also innovative programs that would benefit everyone in our community that need funding in order to be effectuated.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Grant Giving

We provide grants to local agencies and fund programs that meet the unmet needs of our community and expand opportunities for all Highland Park and Highwood residents.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of organizations applying for grants

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults, Health, Social and economic status

Related Program

Grant Giving

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Average number of non-monetary support contacts per grantee

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults, Social and economic status, Health

Related Program

Grant Giving

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Median grant amount

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults, Social and economic status, Health

Related Program

Grant Giving

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Metric pertains to the annual grants we award each year to address needs of the community

Average grant amount

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults, Social and economic status, Health

Related Program

Grant Giving

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Metric pertains to the annual grants we award each year to address needs of the community

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults, Social and economic status, Health

Related Program

Grant Giving

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In '23, we also distributed $367,000 in grants to address needs stemming from the '22 HP shooting; in '20-'21, we distributed $240,000 in grants to address needs stemming from the pandemic.

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults, Social and economic status, Health

Related Program

Grant Giving

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Metric pertains to the annual grants we award each year to address needs of the community

Number of endowments

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Multiracial people

Related Program

Grant Giving

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We strive to support the agencies and organizations in our community that address the unmet needs of the people who live in Highland Park and Highwood. We also aim to expand opportunities for all Highland Park and Highwood residents.

We have an annual grant program whereby we accept funding applications from organizations and agencies that provide educational, child care, cultural/arts, senior service, social service, and enrichment programs. We have an investment committee that meets regularly to monitor our investment policies and endowment, and recommends the amount of grant funding to provide each year. We also have a grants committee that evaluates the funding applications and allocates the grant funds based on the number and quality of the applications that are submitted and the amount of available funds. Beyond this, our Board and Executive Director are actively engaged in fundraising to increase our endowment so we can provide more grant funding to expand opportunities and address the ever-growing needs in our community.

In 2016, the Board created a multi-year strategic plan that we update annually to ensure our continued growth in board and leadership development, fundraising, our grant program, communications, and overall operations. We have a very engaged Board and Executive Director who guide and move us forward.

We have a solid committee structure to implement our strategic plan; we have added new members to our Board; we have a leadership succession plan in place to ensure continuity in leadership for the next 4-8 years; and, we have an Executive Director and Administrative Assistant. We have also increased our grant allocations each year for the past decade as well as the number and variety of agencies and organizations we fund. We have further continuously evaluated our investment strategies and policies. What's next is to reach out to residents, businesses, and foundations to increase our funding base and endowment, and to network with other community foundations to learn and implement best practices.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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HIGHLAND PARK COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 01/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Laurie Levin

Jonathan Plotkin

Cristina Mota

Caroline Mead

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/19/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/19/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.