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Thank You Neighbors

Once again, our generous Beverly/Morgan Park neighbors have come through to support BAPA and our community. Donations reached, then exceeded, the $25,000 challenge for a matching grant from the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust.

“The tremendous response from our community is so gratifying,” said BAPA Executive Director Susan Flood. “Our mail box and inbox were filled with not just donations, but messages wishing BAPA success and thanking us for our work.”

Originally offered as a Giving Tuesday challenge, the grant deadline was extended to Dec. 31. “So many neighbors stepped up to the challenge right away in November, but the early deadline caught us a little short,” Flood explained. “The extension brought about a great response! The Driehaus Trust will double the value of contributions from our community and greatly enhance BAPA’s 2019 programs.”

This generous matching grant from the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust enables BAPA to expand its grassroots work in the community. In 2019, BAPA will be taking a special focus on protecting and promoting our historic neighborhood, beautifying important community spaces, attracting new, exciting business investments, strengthening local schools, creating initiatives to welcome new homeowners to the community, refreshing our mission-based special events to become even better at serving our community, but also in attracting new visitors to experience our Village in the City, and developing strategies to help our neighbors age safely and happily in the homes they love.

BAPA relies on financial support from neighbors who understand our mission to keep Beverly/Morgan Park strong and beautiful. When our neighbors support BAPA with such generosity, it affirms the important role BAPA plays in our community.

BAPA leaders and staff look forward to 2019 and exciting new opportunities to serve our neighbors.

Everyone who supported BAPA with membership donations in 2018 will be recognized in the February issue of The Villager. All donations are greatly appreciated!

Thank You Neighbors!

Once again, our generous Beverly/Morgan Park neighbors have come through to support BAPA and our community. Donations reached, then exceeded, the $25,000 challenge for a matching grant from the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust.

“The tremendous response from our community is so gratifying,” said BAPA Executive Director Susan Flood. “Our mail box and inbox were filled with not just donations, but messages wishing BAPA success and thanking us for our work.”

Originally offered as a Giving Tuesday challenge, the grant deadline was extended to Dec. 31. “So many neighbors stepped up to the challenge right away in November, but the early deadline caught us a little short,” Flood explained. “The extension brought about a great response! The Driehaus Trust will double the value of contributions from our community and greatly enhance BAPA’s 2019 programs.”

This generous matching grant from the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust enables BAPA to expand its grassroots work in the community. In 2019, BAPA will be taking a special focus on protecting and promoting our historic neighborhood, beautifying important community spaces, attracting new, exciting business investments, strengthening local schools, creating initiatives to welcome new homeowners to the community, refreshing our mission-based special events to become even better at serving our community, but also in attracting new visitors to experience our Village in the City, and developing strategies to help our neighbors age safely and happily in the homes they love.

BAPA relies on financial support from neighbors who understand our mission to keep Beverly/Morgan Park strong and beautiful. When our neighbors support BAPA with such generosity, it affirms the important role BAPA plays in our community.

BAPA leaders and staff look forward to 2019 and exciting new opportunities to serve our neighbors.

Everyone who supported BAPA with membership donations in 2018 will be recognized in the February issue of The Villager. All donations are greatly appreciated!

Grant Enables BAPA to Expand School and Safety Programs

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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.

Village Viewpoint

Dear Neighbors,

Another Chicago summer has come and gone, and for many neighbors and families it’s time to get back into the routine of the school year. I’m not gonna lie, I have some mixed emotions about it all as we gear up for early mornings, lunch-packing, too many afterschool activities and homework instead of sunscreen, s’mores and babysitters! I am sure that before we know it we’ll be back in the swing of things, looking forward to football games, changing leaves and fall festivals.

We continue to be busy here at BAPA! We launched our fabulous new website, www.bapa.org after working for the last six months with local webmasters, Jim and Laurie Cleary to create, a better, faster and stronger online presence that will bring you all the newest and most relevant neighborhood information! It is truly a reflection of our beautiful community. Big thank you to Grace Kuikman for her hard work making this all come to fruition.

We continue to expand BAPA’s mission-driven programming by partnering with local schools, and recruiting for our Parent Mentor Program, beautification projects and weeding Wednesdays. In August, we held our first ever small business tour for high school age students from the Margaret Walsh Mercy Home for Girls.  Special thanks to local small business owners, Jamenda McCoy of Belle up and Rachel Bernei-Green of Laines Bake Shop for opening up their local business and sharing their small business stories.

But the BIGGEST news at BAPA is that we have received a matching grant, thanks to the generosity of the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust. The Trust will be matching dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000, doubling your donation and the positive impact it has on our neighborhood. Please join our membership committee and the other 1350 Beverly/Morgan Park neighbors in supporting BAPA. Help us meet the challenge by giving today!

Thank you for continued support of BAPA, I hope you enjoy this issue of The Villager and the change of seasons September brings!

All the Best,

Margot

P.S. Mark your calendars for our upcoming events: Tap into BAPA on Nov.12, and the NEW Cookie Crawl on Dec. 3! Get more information on our new website, www.bapa.org.