The Alvin H. Baum Family Fund is engaged with partners in the Chicagoland area to support nonprofits and community organizations. Below is resource information for a number of our partners:

Designs For Dignity

Designs For Dignity is accepting Impact Grant Applications for projects in the greater Chicago area. Designs For Dignity has a rolling application cycle with applications reviewed quarterly. Site visits are determined by the D4D Impact Grant Committee.

To learn more and apply for a grant, visit their website:

Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities

The Alvin H. Baum Family Fund is a member of the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities, a coalition of philanthropic organizations committed to reducing gun violence in Chicago in collaboration with community, public, and private sector leaders.

To learn more, visit their website:

Mission Sustainability Initiative your organization is considering a long-term or permanent partnership, such as a co-location, back office collaboration, programmatic alliance, joint venture, merger, or other strategic restructuring, please contact the Mission Sustainability Initiative (MSI).

The Alvin H. Baum Family Fund proudly supports the MSI, a program of Forefront. The MSI creates a neutral space to help Chicago area nonprofits evaluate the possible benefits of a strategic restructuring, get the help they need to design their new organization, negotiate and implement their partnership, and access funding to help support the process.

The MSI provides:

  • Confidential, friendly, and helpful conversations with nonprofits thinking about strategic restructuring, with advice on accessing information and assistance
  • A repository of toolkits, research, and best practices along with educational events
  • Referrals to pro bono legal assistance and experienced paid consultants specializing in nonprofit strategic partnerships
  • Grants (on a sliding scale from $5,000 to $75,000) for one-time, out-of-pocket costs incurred in assessing organizational readiness for, exploring, or implementing a strategic collaboration

To learn more, visit or contact:

Genita C. Robinson
Director, MSI
E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone: (888) 578-0090