Re: $20,000 Matching Grant Opportunity

Spring is in the air and with that comes the hope of newness of life as things return to their green color here in the Midwest and the flowers begin to bloom. I am also excited because when the spring season hits, it means we are moving out of the winter season (albeit this one was very mild here in Chicago), and that is reason to rejoice.

At the Center, we find ourselves always wondering if we will make it through the winter season of development (January-April) without skipping a beat in programming, and by God’s grace so far that answer is yes. However, our budget does take a big hit during these months and this year I am excited to announce that in order to get our budget back on track for the year we have a supporter that has offered to match gifts up to $20,000 this tax season.

As we discussed this opportunity it seems to fit the supporter’s desire that this gift be a trigger to raise our regular & consistent donor base so that our budgetary income is more regular and consistent. To inspire this, they are asking that 50% of this match be in the form of a regular monthly pledge (for example a $100 monthly commitment would be a $1200 match). This can be most easily tracked and recorded by making a commitment through our on-line & secure giving option. The second 50% would be for any new gifts that come in during the match opportunity which will run through April 20th.

If you have any questions regarding this opportunity or if you would just like more information on what is happening these days at the Center feel free to let me know and I would be happy to set up a time to meet. On-line giving can be done by going to our website,, and clicking on the “Donate to FEC” heart. You can mail gifts to us at the address below, and mark the checks memo section with the desired application (for example, “20,000 Match”).
Thank you in advance,

F. Scott Manke
Executive Director


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