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Neighbors

Lazarus House among 29 nonprofits awarded grants

The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s Midwest Division announced it is awarding $545,000 in community grants to local nonprofit organizations in Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin for 2015.

Grants range in contribution from $10,000 to $50,000 and support 29 organizations in the Midwest, including St. Charles-based Lazarus House.

Other recipients include Bernie’s Book Bank, buildOn, Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, DuPage Pads, Cornerstone School, Lydia Home, Horizons For Youth, Sue Duncan Children’s Center, Breakthrough, OneGoal, ARTS (Arts Refreshing The Soul), Children’s Advocacy, Center of NW Cook County, Peterson Garden Project, Danny Did Foundation, Josephinum Academy, SOS Children’s Villages Illinois, Chicago Run, By the Hand Kids Club, Chicago Scholars, Children’s Home and Aid, Girls Inc. of Omaha, Meta House and The Children’s Place Association.

The Midwest Division focuses on local organizations and projects that champion the causes of education, safety and health throughout the Midwestern United States, a news release states.

“Providing funding to the areas we serve is one of the strongest ways that the insurance industry shows its support and dedication to our community,” said Kevin Smith, Chicago regional branch manager at Chubb & Son and IICF Midwest Division Board chair, in the release. “The IICF’s grant program provides a means by which we as an industry can impact positive change where it is needed most.”

The IICF’s Midwest Division grants will be highlighted during the division’s fourth annual Blazing the Trail Benefit event March 12.

For additional information regarding the Midwest Division grant focus areas, visit www.iicf.org.

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