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Northern Trust Anchor Award

Nourishing Hope wins inaugural award

Award enables Nourishing Hope to make a greater impact on Chicago youth in need of food, mental health services and more.

What is the Anchor Award?

The Anchor Award provides up to $1 million to a Chicago-based, innovative nonprofit organization to accelerate capacity building.

It builds on Northern Trust’s philanthropic commitment to serve South and West side Chicago youth ages 16-24 in the areas of food, housing, education and healthcare.

Nourishing Hope is committed to holistically serving the community. They have a vision to provide access to food and social services through an increase in online markets and delivery models, as well as by growing their physical presence by co-locating within existing community-based organizations throughout the South and West sides of Chicago.

Projected impact after three years


Reduce food deserts in Chicago’s South and West sides by increasing partnerships with community-based organizations from 30 to 50

Expand physical presence

Expand West Side location and open a new South Side location


Grow from 9,000 to 13,000 youth served each year

Meet the Finalists

Three organizations receive honorable mention

"Of many charities doing outstanding work for Chicago youth, these three finalists stood out for the impact they make on our communities, their passion and their potential and desire to do even more,” said Northern Trust Philanthropy Director Shana Hayes.

Our continuing legacy: Making an impact is in our DNA

Since our earliest days, when founder Byron Smith seeded a relief fund for victims of a devastating fire at the World’s Fair, Northern Trust has always invested in the communities in which we live and work. This award is just the latest example of our desire to give back in ways shaped by the needs of our communities.