Foundation 65 Receives Matching Gift Challenge from Tawani Foundation

March 5,  2014 – Foundation 65 announced the receipt of a $300,000 grant and matching gift challenge from Colonel (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired) and the Tawani Foundation.   The pledged support will fund infrastructure growth as well as the expansion of current and newly funded programming. 

“I am a parent, grandparent, and resident of Evanston.  It is my pleasure to join with other parents and residents to help provide strong schools and teachers. Together we transform the lives of children to make a thriving and successful community“ said Colonel Pritzker, Founder of Tawani Foundation , Pritzker Military Museum and Library and President & CEO of Tawani Enterprises.

Tawani Foundation works to affect significant transformation of organizations and educational programs that enrich knowledge, preserve military heritage, improve health and wellness and conserve unique sites for enduring positive impact on individuals, communities and societies.

Foundation 65 is the educational foundation dedicated to partnering with District 65 by providing grants and developing community/district partnerships in support of educational excellence. 

The pledged support and challenge gives Foundation 65 the opportunity to make an even greater impact on education in Evanston.  Through focused arts and literacy grants, Foundation 65 works to support students directly, helping to decrease the achievement gap, improve instructional practice through professional development for teachers and provide enrichment for all students.

“Foundation 65 is profoundly grateful to Colonel Pritzker and Tawani Foundation for their very generous support of education in Evanston,” said Lise Jinno, Foundation 65’s Executive Director.  “And, we are thrilled to have this opportunity to amplify the impact of their gift through this matching challenge.” 

For more information about Foundation 65 please go to Foundation 65’s website – www.foundation65.org 

Foundation 65 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that raises and grants funds for literacy and arts projects that expand, enrich, and complement educational opportunities for the students, staff, and community in Evanston-Skokie District 65.  Foundation 65 is an independent operating foundation with its own volunteer board and funds.  Since 2003, Foundation 65 has invested over $1,000,000 in projects and programs making an impact at every school in the District.

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ereality March 06, 2014 at 05:10 PM
How very generous of Colonel Jenny! Add it to her ever-expanding 'donations' portfolio that includes certain elected alderpersons in Evanston and Chicago, who coincidentally voted on zoning relief issues related to Col. Jenny! Then, there's the $18,000 that was 'donated' to losing 1st Ward Aldermanic Candidate Ed Tivador, who interestingly enough, also sits on the Foundation #65 Board alongside Colonel Jenny. There's nothing like buying your way into the community! While your at it, Colonel, can you throw some $$$ to help replace the decrepit Robert Crown Center and help build a new Indoor, Multi-purpose sport facility for soccer and baseball? I bet you could even throw in having attached hotels, er, I mean 'B & B's'(!) to each facility, along with parking garages for hundreds! All it may take is a few more 'charitable donations' to the right alderpeople; (also, perhaps a building/wing/presidential suite named after Ald. Jane Grover!). Afterall, money seems way more important than ethics in Evanston; at least to some of our elected officials, and now, apparently, the Foundation #65 Board


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