Announces $1 Million Impact Challenge

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Google launched the Illinois Impact Challenge, the organization’s first ever statewide challenge inviting nonprofits throughout Illinois to submit proposals for bold ideas to grow economic opportunity in their local communities. Here’s how it works: Qualifying Illinois nonprofits are invited to submit their proposals for their most innovative ideas to grow economic opportunity in their community. Together with a panel of local advisors, Google will review the applications and chose ten winners who will receive $75,000 in grant funding and training from Google. After the ten winners are announced, Illinoisans will be invited to vote on which project they believe will have the greatest economic impact. The winner of that public vote will receive an additional $250,000 in funding. In total, will grant $1 million to local nonprofit organizations. The Illinois Impact Challenge local advisor panel includes:

Ellen Alberding, president and board member of the Joyce Foundation
Larry Dietz, president of Illinois State University
Jim Edgar, former governor of Illinois and founder of the Edgar Fellows program
Matt Forte, former running back for the Chicago Bears, founder of The What’s Your Forte Foundation and philanthropist
Andrea Sáenz, chief operating officer of The Chicago Community Trust.
Tina Tchen, partner at Buckley Sandler and former chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama

Illinois nonprofit organizations can find more information on the Impact Challenge and submit their applications by visiting The deadline for submissions is September 21 at 11:59 PM Central. The ten finalists are expected to be named in January 2019.

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