Highland Park Community Foundation awards grants

  • Bitter Jester Foundation for the Arts grant recipient Christy Knapp, Nicolas DeGrazia and HPCF Chairman Nancy Mills at the Highland Park Community Foundation's annual Grant Awards Reception.

    Bitter Jester Foundation for the Arts grant recipient Christy Knapp, Nicolas DeGrazia and HPCF Chairman Nancy Mills at the Highland Park Community Foundation's annual Grant Awards Reception. Courtesy of Hailey Conner

Submitted by G. Mandel
Posted12/9/2019 2:14 PM

The Highland Park Community Foundation held its annual Grant Awards Reception Nov. 13 at the Highland Park Community House in downtown Highland Park.

This year, the foundation awarded $525,000 in grants to nonprofits that provide programs and services for Highland Park and Highwood residents.


Since 1992, HPCF has provided support to expand the services of social, cultural and educational agencies in Highland Park and Highwood. Each year, the foundation is proud to provide grants to support organizations that address unmet needs in the community and expand opportunities for all Highland Park and Highwood residents.

"This year, we're thrilled to award more grant dollars than ever in the foundation's history," said Nancy Mills, chairman of the Highland Park Community Foundation.

"Our grant awards include grant funding from the city of Highland Park for distribution to nonprofits. This, combined with $225,000 from our endowment -- a record amount for the foundation -- enabled us to award 50 grants to support the exemplary work of so many organizations that help our community."

The 2019 Grant Awards Reception opened with a cocktail reception and a musical performance by students from Midwest Young Artist Conservatory. Mills welcomed attendees, which included guest speakers; honorees; grant recipients; city council members Alyssa Knobel, Kim Stone and Dan Kaufman; numerous donors; and HPCF board members.

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2019's guest speakers and honorees included: Highland Park Community Foundation Golden Apple Committee Chair Sara Sher; Patricia Castro, fifth-grade dual language teacher at Oak Terrace Elementary School and 2019 Highland Park Community Foundation Golden Apple Award recipient; Alicia De La Cruz, founder and coordinator of the Working Together program at Highland Park High School; and several HPHS students who have benefited from programs supported by the foundation.

Vice Chairman David Reich and HPCF board member and reception chairman Sofia Alvarez presented the grant awards. Reich closed the evening's special award segments. For a complete list of the HPCF 2019 grant recipients, visit hpcfil.org/2019/11/12/highland-park-community-foundation2018-grant-recipients.

"Our goal as an organization is to support programs and organizations that benefit our community," Reich said. "We are thrilled to assist these worthy organization that provide opportunities for community members of all ages."

All of the food, beverages and décor for the Grant Awards Reception were donated by Sunset Foods. In addition to the many individuals, families and private foundations that support the foundation's work, the following corporate sponsors have given generously this year: ALX Salon, Autohaus on Edens, Bartlett Wealth Management, Bob Baizer/Romanucci & Blandin, Binny's Beverage Depot, First Bank of Highland Park, Fox Swibel Levin & Carroll, LLP, Fulton Developers, Guy Scopelliti Landscape Inc., Highland Park Bank & Trust, HLM Capital, IC Signs & Graphics, Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, Jasculca Terman Strategic Communications, Keyth Technologies, Kovitz Investment Group, Law Firm of Becker Gurian, Martin Associates, Mesirow Financial, Morgante Wilson Architects, North Shore Compassionate Care, Porsche Exchange, PwC, RMB Capital, Sunset Foods, The Ribbon Print Company, True Juice, Tucker Development, Valerie Wilson Travel Inc., Highland Park and Wipfli LLP.


The HPCF accepts grant proposals from governmental agencies and organizations that have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. The population they serve must be at least 51 percent Highland Park/Highwood residents. All grant proposals must be received by July 15 of the application year.

For more information, visit hpcfil.org.

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