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Archived Grant Awards - 2014


  • Coleman Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows 2014-2015 Program (Grantees are various colleges and universities)

    Awards totaling $491,600 to support the Coleman Foundation Faculty Entrepreneurship Fellows Program intended to build Entrepreneurship Education in departments across campuses of participating colleges and universities. Project Directors identify Faculty Fellows from disciplines outside of Entrepreneurship and the Business school. Faculty Fellows, working under the guidance of the Project Director, will engage in projects which advance self-employment education. The Fellows class of 2014-2015 includes 19 universities and colleges. Participating colleges are Beloit College (WI), California State University, Fresno (CA), Colorado Mesa University (CO), Cornell University (NY), DePaul University (IL), Elon University (NC), Finlandia University (MI), Illinois Institute of Technology (IL), Illinois State University (IL), Lawrence Technological University (MI), Millikin University (IL), North Central College (IL), St. Louis University (MO), Stetson University (FL), Texas Christian University (TX), University of North Carolina – Greensboro (NC), Webster University (MO), Wichita State University(KS), and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA).

  • Future Founders Foundation, Chicago, IL

    $35,000 to support the Youth Entrepreneurship Program which will connect 400-450 students in Chicago's low income areas to entrepreneurial careers, help them create business plans and augment classroom programming developed by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.

  • Future Founders Foundation, Chicago, IL

    $100,000 to support the launch of the Future Founders Collegiate Program, an entrepreneurial enhancement program for collegiate entrepreneurs that provides motivated youth with experiential learning opportunities, immersion in a connected entrepreneurial community, and preparation to work for or as entrepreneurs. Community resources exist, but students need to be guided through the process of awareness and integration into the community.

  • National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), Springfield, MA

    $100,000 to build training in “Effectuation” for community college presidents and entrepreneurship educators and to create a validated assessment tool in support of the Entrepreneurial Colleges in Action grant competition to occur at the 2014 NACCE Conference.

  • Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Chicago, Chicago, IL

    $420,000 over two years to support Experiential Entrepreneurship Education programming to an additional 3,800 students (some middle school, mostly high school). Through trained NFTE certified teachers, at-risk students are given opportunities to learn and practice entrepreneurial skills. Learning is augmented by volunteer business professionals who support teachers' efforts and provide coaching to help students develop their business plans.

  • North Central College, Naperville, IL

    $82,000 to support the 2014-2015 Self-Employment in the Arts (SEA) Program. The SEA Program consists of an annual conference, regional conferences, and select workshops, which focus on highlighting the business of the arts for college students and faculty in the visual, performing, literary, and media arts. Support will also fund programming of campus panel discussions, development of video web segments, and enhancements to the SEA website.

  • St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO

    $134,083 to support the Coleman Professorship in Entrepreneurship and related self-employment educational programs for the 2014/15 and 2015/16 academic years.

  • University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

    $300,000 over 24 months to support the Chicagoland Entrepreneurship Education for People with Disabilities (CEED) project. UIC's Department of Disability & Human Development (DDHD), Department of Managerial Studies and Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies will collaborate with the Great Lakes ADA Center, providers of services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and small business development centers to develop and deliver CEED, an program of education and training in self-employment for people with I/DD and service providers who work with them.

Developmental Disabilities

  • Coleman Foundation Giving Tuesday Matching Grants 2013 Program (Various Grantees)

    Awards totaling $330,745 to support the Coleman Foundation Giving Tuesday Matching Grants 2013 Program to match contributions received online by 19 selected grantees (up to $20,000 per grantee). Giving Tuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving and follows “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” on the post-Thanksgiving shopping calendar. Participating grantees were Almost Home Kids, IL, Barbara Olson Center of Hope, IL, Blue Cap, IL, Center for Independence through Conductive Education, IL, Clearbrook, IL, Countryside Association for People with Disabilities, IL, Donka, Inc., IL, Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago, IL, Elim Christian Services, IL, Helping Hand Center, IL, Little Friends, Inc., IL, Misericordia Heart of Mercy, IL, Opportunity Knocks, IL, PACTT Learning Center, IL, Park Lawn Association, IL, Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care, IL, Trinity Services, Inc., IL , UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago, IL, and Western DuPage Special Recreation Association, IL.

  • Aspire, Westchester, IL

    $177,000 to support the “Framework -- Accelerated Training to Live on Your Own”, a residential services pilot program to enable adults with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities to transition to living independently in the community with minimal assistance. After graduation from the program, four participants are expected to transition to independent residential environments.

  • Avenues to Independence, Park Ridge, IL

    $30,000 to support the AveVenture Employment Training program, which will offer workforce training for adults with developmental disabilities. The AveVenture program will allow adults to gain retail work experience in customer service, clerical, cashier and assist them in developing their own artisan businesses.

  • Center for Independence through Conductive Education, Countryside, IL

    $50,000 to support the development of a vocational training program, which teaches teens and young adults with physical disabilities the strategies to improve access to the workplace. The program includes development of soft skills, experiential work opportunities, and collaboration with family networks and community partners, which are critical in transitioning to higher education and employment. While the Center has been assisting with vocational assessment as part of the conductive educational approach, the High Expectations -- Vocational Training program is intended to formalize, and give greater depth and credence to vocational planning.

  • Center for Independent Futures, Evanston, IL

    $187,000 to support the Enhancing Capacity through Community Partnerships Project to
    engage individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, families and communities (community-based organizations, private-sector and public entities) in determining readiness, enhancing capacity, and replicating a process for the creation and implementation of sustainable, alternative housing models.

  • Have Dreams, Evanston, IL

    $125,000 to support the creation of the Have Dreams Academy, Autism at Work track, a new enterprise that will train young adults with autism to work in the manufacturing industry. This initiative, developed in partnership with a local commercial bakery, will train young adults with autism to gain employment in manufacturing environments. A curriculum focusing on specific manufacturing-related tasks will be developed and piloted with an initial class of trainees. Resources will be provided to cultivate employment opportunities at small manufacturers in the Evanston and surrounding area for program completers.

  • Helping Hand Center, Countryside, IL

    $158,500 to support the Helping Organizations Manage Expansion of Residential Services Initiative (H.O.M.E. Initiative), which brings together a group of 10 non-profit service providers to build residential resources for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This includes the creation of a Residential Toolbox to outline the basics of residential services including state regulations, funding, start-up, and home modifications as well as information on the start-up of specialized homes to meet a full range of clinical needs.

  • Julie + Michael Tracy Family Foundation, Glenview, IL

    $47,500 for staffing support for the Growing Solutions Farm, an urban agriculture vocational program for young people with autism and developmental disabilities located at the Illinois Medical. The program will provide training in agriculture and soft skills for 10-15 program participants

  • Riverside Foundation, Lincolnshire, IL

    $70,000 to fund the acquisition of furniture and furnishings for two new group homes which will enable eight individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live with greater independence. The award assists Riverside Foundation as it transitions individuals currently residing in the organization's 97-bed intermediate care facility to community homes which better suit their needs and provide greater opportunity for community inclusion.

  • Search, Inc., Chicago, IL

    $125,000 over 24 months to support the development of a specialized training program intended to enable an integrated workforce at the agency’s Planet Access Company warehouse where professional staff and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities work side-by-side. Certain individuals would be trained in specific tasks in preparation for taking competitive positions in the third-party logistics industry.

Health & Rehabilitation

  • Almost Home Kids, Naperville, IL

    $100,000 to support establishment of a Medical Education Program for medical students, residents, fellows and practicing doctors. Almost Home Kids will serve as the outpatient site to give physicians the knowledge, skills and understanding that will allow them to competently care for children with special health care needs. No other program in Illinois teaches physicians how to manage a child's complex medical issues in an outpatient setting that can translate to coordinated, appropriate care.

Cancer Care

  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Illinois Chapter, Chicago, IL

    $101,700.00 to support the creation of an Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Survivorship program for blood cancer patients between the ages of 15 and 39. Through this program, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will connect to young patients and empower them to direct their survivorship. The program will include educational programming with cancer center partners, and resources to help cancer survivors understand post treatment and the long term effects of cancer.

  • Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago, IL

    $207,000 to support development and establishment of the Interdisciplinary Cancer Survivorship (ICS) program. The Survivorship Coordinator/Navigator will coordinate care that includes development of survivorship care plans, psychosocial support, nutrition counseling, exercise programming, integrative therapies, and palliative care.

  • Coleman Supportive Oncology Initiative

    $1.8 million over 18 months to various grantees to support the Supportive Oncology Initiative. The Initiative will be approached through two interconnected components: 1) Process Design, and 2) Process Improvement, which focus on supportive oncology processes for Distress, Survivorship, Palliative Care and Hospice Referral. The Grantee organizations for the Initiative are listed below:

    1) The Process Design teams will be led by two institutions:
    • Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
    • NorthShore Health Systems, Evanston, IL

    2) Process Improvement Sites will implement designs developed by the Process Design teams at six Chicago based hospitals:
    • Rush University Medical Center
    • University of Chicago Medical Center
    • University of Illinois Hospital
    • Mercy Hospital
    • Sinai Hospital
    • John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County

    In addition, the Chicago Metropolitan Breast Cancer Task Force will utilize the structure of the Patient Safety Organization (PSO) to collect and analyze data for supportive oncology services from all the organizations participating in the Initiative.

  • Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

    $790,000 over 36 months to support the Coleman Palliative Care Training Program to Improve Access for Patients with Cancer. The program will build the cadre of Coleman Palliative Medicine Fellows by training physicians, advance practice nurses, social workers, and chaplain to build core competencies in palliative care, and implement a practice improvement project at their institution. Components of the education program include online learning, didactic education, and mentorship with a faculty member from another institution. In addition, outreach to hospital leadership will inform them of the benefits of establishing quality palliative care services and the value of a palliative care program to their institution.