The Gorter Family Foundation was established in 1977 and, for 30 years operated as a “traditional” grant-making entity. In 2007, the Directors of the Foundation initiated a strategic due diligence process with the hope of increasing the impact of its philanthropy. It was through this process that the significant needs facing the children and families of Lake County were identified and the Foundation was introduced to North Chicago – an under resourced community located less than one mile from the Foundation’s office. In 2008, the Foundation made a long-term commitment to the children and families of North Chicago, providing seed capital for a new operating non-profit: North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP).
Through the creation of “community schools,” NCCP has had the privilege of developing strong relationships within North Chicago and has provided programs and support that complement classroom instruction, enhance student learning, strengthen school climate, actively engage parents and community volunteers and address the needs of the whole child. Each year, we have expanded NCCP programs in North Chicago, honed our community school model and actively pursued opportunities to make a real difference in the lives of our neighbors to the north. Our consistent presence, humble attitude, and reputation for providing high quality programming, have earned NCCP a place within North Chicago, working with residents to build a stronger community through schools.