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The Neighbor Project Fund

Established 2023

The Neighbor Project Fund supports the overall work of The Neighbor Project.

At The Neighbor Project, we help people escape debt, save money, and purchase homes—so they can be full participants in their communities. We’re helping our neighbors prosper, so our neighborhoods can prosper too. We’re reclaiming the city’s greatest asset: The people who already live here.

The Neighbor Project (TNP) is a grassroots, non-profit, community development and housing organization that has been serving the greater Aurora area since 1990. As a HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Agency, TNP is dedicated to helping low to moderate income families reduce debt, build credit, save and ultimately buy their first homes. TNP not only provides financial and homebuyer education, but post-purchase counseling, foreclosure prevention and emergency home-repairs. Moreover, TNP strives to harness existing resources in the community through a unique savings model that can involve directing rent dollars already being spent by lower-income families back into their hands, eliminating the one of the largest barriers to financial growth and stability: Savings. TNP Programs help position working families to be the primary drivers of neighborhood revitalization by educating and preparing families to reduce their debt and begin building wealth. At The Neighbor Project, clients always do the work to change their own financial situation. But that work is leveraged, powerfully, through innovative savings programs that help clients reach their goals more quickly and effectively than they ever would alone. Volunteers, churches and donors multiply their neighbors’ efforts – opening the path to true financial freedom.

We serve our community by operating a housing social enterprise & Financial Empowerment Center which offer pathways to financial strength and opportunity through financial coaching and access to homeownership & savings tools with the objectives of achieving goals in these areas:

· Financial Empowerment: providing guidance to help families build credit, manage and reduce debt, and access safe and affordable banking products.

· Homeownership/Asset Creation: Homeownership Counseling and Real Estate Development (Preserving, Rehabbing & Investing in Housing).

· Savings: Our Networked Savings—and matched savings—programs offer affordable housing with a pathway to homeownership.

· Help for Homeowners: Foreclosure Prevention programs including access to available mortgage assistance programs—and home-repair funding for low – moderate income homeowners to maintain the safety of their homes.

We chose the Community Foundation because of its reputation. It’s well known, established and we can trust them to do the job for us.

Dick Schindel

Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

A community foundation is a donor-driven organization that helps donors custom-design funds that reflect their charitable interests. Through the years, grants from these funds have made a significant impact on our local communities.

Sharon Stredde

President Emeritus

…you can always start small, even $25 can make a difference. Remember we can’t take our money with us. Even if it’s just your gift of time. Volunteer and get involved.

Cris Anderson

Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund | Tom & Cris Anderson Colonial Advisory Fund

Thank you very much for supporting my college education for these four years. I will never be able to repay you for the opportunity that this scholarship has given to me.

Julia H.

[Renewing Scholarship Recipient] Graduate of Hinkley-Big Rock High School

There’s no question in my mind that the scholarship I received opened up possibilities.

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, I was worried about how I was going to pay for books and supplies. This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies instead of worrying about how to afford college. I am working to not only create opportunities for myself but to motivate future generations. Thank you so much for helping me along this journey!

Moises J.

Claude & Alice Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

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