Grant Enables BAPA to Expand School and Safety Programs


Richard H. Driehaus to be Recognized with BAPA Community Service Award

A generous matching grant from the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust and an equally generous response from our community will enable BAPA to expand on its back-to-basics work in the community. In January, BAPA will add a staff member dedicated to working with neighborhood schools and on public safety initiatives.

Thanks to this important gift of funding and confidence in our work, BAPA will start 2017 fully staffed and ready to expand its grassroots program areas that cover all elements of the organization’s mission.

In recognition of the matching grant and appreciation for his support of BAPA and the Beverly/Morgan Park community, Richard H. Driehaus will receive the 2016 Beverly Area Planning Association Community Service Award.

“We are so grateful to Mr. Driehaus for not just his generous gift, but for his belief in BAPA’s work and his faith in the important role our organization plays in the community,” said BAPA Executive Director Margot Holland.

“The Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust generally only supports organizations that are successful in carrying out their missions in a meaningful manner,” said Thomas Chomicz, BAPA Vice President, emphasizing the importance of the gift as an affirmation of BAPA’s success in serving the Beverly/Morgan Park community.

Born and raised in Chicago, Mr. Driehaus has longtime ties to our area, and has supported local organizations including St. Margaret of Scotland Church and Saint Xavier University with transformative gifts. His philanthropic and community service-oriented projects support organizations throughout Chicago, as well as nationally and internationally. Gifts to BAPA have strengthened programs in historic/architectural preservation as well as community-building initiatives.

Mr. Driehaus began his successful career in 1968, earning recognition for his business skill and performance. In 1982 he founded Driehaus Capital Management LLC, which now manages $8.3 billion in assets. His philanthropic work supports education, historic preservation, humanistic values, economic opportunity initiatives that benefit people living in poverty, financial literacy, the built environment, and the arts.

In recognition of his outstanding accomplishments and commitment to philanthropy and humanitarianism, Mr. Driehaus has received numerous local, national and international awards and honors.


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