Four local nonprofits went head-to-head Nov. 7 at Project Impact’s second annual competition, founded by A Better Chicago, in the hopes of creating opportunities for low-income Chicagoans. Inside the 1871 Auditorium (222 Merchandise Mart Plaza), representatives from EMBARC, Instrinsic Schools, New Classrooms and Project SYNCERE all presented plans, gave speeches and held Q & As with a panel of influential judges, including BMO Financial Group Vice Chairman Timothy Knowles. EMBARC — a group founded by Harper High School teachers in 2010 that works to increase academic success for low-income high school students — was crowned the winner, walking away with a $100,000 grant and 12 months of management support from A Better Chicago. The three other nonprofits each received a $20,000 grant to support their respective missions.
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