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2009-2010 Steans Annual Report Released
The Steans Family Foundation began its long-term commitment to North Lawndale on Chicago's West Side in 1995 with the idea that targeted grantmaking in one neighborhood is a powerful way to support local efforts for transformative change. Partnerships with community stakeholders yielded a number of improvements in areas advancing children, families and community development. We were pleased with those results.

More recently, we focused our philanthropic efforts on education, the area we believe is most essential in building a strong foundation for individual growth and community development. We also believe that highly effective educational programs are essential to unlocking the promise and potential of North Lawndale, a community long burdened with persistent unemployment and poverty.

Looking ahead, we see limitless capacity in North Lawndale. Many thanks to our strong and committed partner organizations whose ongoing work continues to make meaningful and positive changes in the community. The journey may be long, but the destination is worth the wait.

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