Community-based nonprofits grow with help from UChicago program

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True to its name, the Community Programs Accelerator at the University of Chicago empowers South Side nonprofits to take off quickly.

Since its founding five years ago, the initiative has served nearly 120 local nonprofits and 2,000 workshop attendees by providing them access to an array of University resources that help them strengthen their impact on the mid-South Side.

The Accelerator also offers an associates program in which nonprofits receive general support over the course of a year to build capacity and complete specific projects; this year’s new associates are 100 Black Men of Chicago, Annie B. Jones Community Services, Inc., Deeply Rooted Dance Theater and LINK Unlimited Scholars. And for organizations with discrete project needs in areas such as marketing or program evaluation, the Accelerator’s special projects program, welcoming 27 organizations this year, provides support for three to six months.

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