Civic and Social Service Sector

For the past 25 years, Ancora has completed projects on behalf of mission-driven organizations. Non-profits formed around a clear and overriding sense of purpose can be tremendously powerful and effective, however often these organizations can benefit from 3rd party assistance in aligning effort, priorities and resources. Ancora has helped small and large entities more effectively achieve their vision and change the world in the way they were formed to do. We have helped our clients:

  • Identify and align grant funding to leading-edge trends in education, economic development and environmental conservation.
  • Create and launch a new philanthropic model for neighborhood revitalization through geographically integrated social service partnerships.
  • Execute comprehensive effort to expand diversity and range of backgrounds represented in the leadership of major arts and cultural institutions.

Clients include:

Chicago Foundation for Women

Chicago Foundation for Women

The Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) works to make a region – and a world – in which all women and girls have the opportunity to achieve their full potential and live in safe, just, and healthy communities. As they approached their third decade of service to the women and girls of the Chicago region,…

Bridge Communities

Bridge Communities

In today’s difficult economic climate, families have numerous challenges. When challenges prove too great, families can turn to Bridge Communities. Bridge Communities transitions homeless families in DuPage County to self-sufficiency by working with partners to provide mentoring, housing and supportive services. They envision a community where all families are healthy, financially stable and living in…

Garfield Park Conservatory

Garfield Park Conservatory

A 100 year-old glass conservatory, designed and originally created by one of Chicago’s most famed landscape architects, turned to Ancora for help devising a strategic plan to regain relevance and prominence within Chicago’s cultural landscape.   Located within the 184-acre Garfield Park on Chicago’s West Side, the Garfield Park Conservatory is one of the largest…

Grand Victoria Foundation

Grand Victoria Foundation

Foundations are consistently faced with the challenge of knowing whether their grant dollars are having a sufficient impact. Ancora helped Grant Victoria Foundation maximize its return on philanthropic investment through a comprehensive assessment of established best practices and emerging trends across core issue areas of education, economic development and environmental protection.   Grand Victoria Foundation,…

METROsquash US Open

METROsquash US Open

A full week of US Open Squash Championship events in Chicago, including 2000+ students participating in an Educational Expo, led to the launch of a Capital Campaign for METROsquash: an after school enrichment organization serving Chicago Public School students.   METROsquash is a hands-on after school enrichment provider, working with students on the south side…

El Valor

El Valor

Designed program content and led workshops for El Valor, an organization which serves Chicago’s Latino population, to address the demand for diversified board leadership in education, business, government, policy, arts, culture and philanthropy. Provided strategies and advice to Latino professionals for fostering professional growth and actively contributing to community building.  Created tiered and sequenced programs…

Arts and Business Council of Chicago

Arts and Business Council of Chicago

As any resident will tell you, the depth of civic commitment to a visionary Chicago is unique. A shared obligation to cultural stewardship unites Chicago’s leaders from all sectors. From the 1909 Burnham Plan of Chicago, to the 1933 World’s Fair, to 2003’s Millennium Park, the landscape of Chicago has been literally shaped by the…

Creation and Management of Civic Consulting Organization

Creation and Management of Civic Consulting Organization

Formed in 1987, the Financial Research and Advisory Council – now called the Civic Consulting Alliance – was recognized by Harvard’s Kennedy School as a Top 25 Innovation in Government in 2010.   Ms. Muñana launched a not-for-profit, public-private partnership in Chicago, now known as the Civic Consulting Alliance, to address the City’s most vexing…

United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

As one of Chicagoland’s largest funders, when United Way of Metropolitan Chicago decided to develop a new grantmaking model seeking to unify social service supports across neighborhoods, they turned to Ancora for strategic guidance and assistance with implementation.   As an affiliate of the largest charitable institution in the world, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago…