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The Monroe Foundation is a publicly supported not-for-profit community and enterprise development intermediary. We seek to educate, link and fund community development projects within low-income communities in that State of Illinois.

The foundation supports small business start-ups and financing through lending partnerships with Marquette Bank, and US Bank. Our current supporters are Bank of America, Citibank, Marquette Bank, PNC Bank, US Bank, Field Foundation of Illinois, and Woods Fund of Chicago.

We also provide small business development seminars through the small business development “Boot Camp” Program, funded by a grant from Citibank.

The Monroe Foundation
1547 South Wolf Road
Hillside, IL 60162
Phone: 773-315-9720
Email: omonroe@themonroefoundation.org

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PODER HQ – Donate Today!

PODER HQ – Donate Today!

Your Gift Will Open Windows of Opportunity for Immigrants at PODER HQ. The site, as part of the area Quality of Life Plan, will revitalize 55th St while providing connective tissue between two city investment corridors of Invest South/West. But the greatest economic impact, of greater societal and workforce integration, will be felt by our clients and their families for generations to come. Continue Reading

MAYOR LIGHTFOOT AND CLERK VALENCIA SPEAK AT GET CLEARED, CHICAGO “CITYWIDE RELIEF OPTIONS RAP SHEET DAY”

MAYOR LIGHTFOOT AND CLERK VALENCIA SPEAK AT GET CLEARED, CHICAGO “CITYWIDE RELIEF OPTIONS RAP SHEET DAY”

Over 100 individuals from Chicago communities most impacted by violence and recidivism lined up to be finger-printed by the Chicago Police Department to obtain their “Rap Sheets”. The Rap Sheets will be reviewed, evaluated and submitted to Cabrini Green Legal Aid and other legal advocacy nonprofits, after participating in the “Access to Justice” “Relief Options Rap Sheet Day”. Continue Reading

General Operating Grants

General Operating Grants

Illinois Humanities is Now Accepting Applications for General Operating Grants — After providing Emergency Relief and Recovery General Operating Grants to meet the needs of humanities organizations throughout COVID-19, Illinois Humanities is pleased to announce that we will permanently be offering General Operating Grants as part of our Community Grants Initiative. General Operating Grant cycles… Continue Reading