Justice Challenge

We’re extremely excited to share the news that the Evanston Community Foundation (ECF) has selected the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy as the recipient of their Partners for the Future Challenge Grant (PFF). Through this grant, ECF will incentivize greater investment in the Moran Center by matching new gifts of $5,000 or increased donations of $5,000 from past donors 1:1, up to $100,000. 

With your help, we can fully leverage this opportunity, which we’ve titled the Justice Challenge, to grow our programs and services to “go deeper” in meeting critical, unmet needs within our community – dramatically increasing our impact. 

To qualify for a full match from ECF, new donors would need to make a donation of $5,000 and existing donors would need to increase their giving by $5,000. Gifts must be received before September 19, 2017. If, however, you are unable to participate in the challenge grant, please consider making a gift of any amount towards the Justice Challenge. We suggest that checks of larger amounts be mailed to our office (address below), or you can donate online:

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To learn more, you can read how the Moran Center has responded in scope over the past 40 years, continuously stepping up our efforts to close the justice gap as well as our vision for how, with your help, we plan to continue addressing the school-to-prison pipeline by providing equitable access to justice and education. But for perhaps the most compelling illustration of how the Moran Center impacts youth and their families, listen to CJ describe how the Moran Center helped her granddaughter:  

As CJ’s story demonstrates, the school-to-prison pipeline is not just a national phenomenon making national headlines, but a significant issue in our own community with very real, ramifications requiring a locally supported, community-based response. It will take all of us working collaboratively and forming alliances to weave together a fabric of support systems to provide our youth and their families the safety net they need, and deserve. And while it may feel good to “help kids,” the truth of the matter is that even more than our kids need us, our community needs our kids to succeed and thrive. In supporting the Moran Center, you are changing trajectories for young people by providing meaningful chances at success. 

Justice changes everything. Thank you for giving the gift that has the potential to change everything for a child.


Patrick Keenan-Devlin                                                       Betsy Lehman
Executive Director                                                              Board Chair