Challenge Grant – Fred A. Lennon Charitable Trust

In November, 2020, The Fred A. Lennon Charitable Trust generously approved a grant for $5,000 and a $5,000 challenge grant for 2021 specifically for Future Leaders Initiative (FLI) program participants from HSA Cleveland. In the terms of the challenge grant, the Trust will match $5,000 in donations collected by Future Institute by November 13, 2021.

As of November 12, 2021, Future Institute is excited to announce that we have officially raised $5,000 for the challenge grant and met the goal!

We give our sincerest gratitude to our contributors who have helped reach the challenge grant goal of $5,000. Meeting this challenge has been a long-time coming and we are thankful for all our generous donors for aiding our programs in continuing to carry out our mission.

We would like to recognize the following benevolent individuals and businesses for their support in reaching this goal:

+ Martini Construction Co

+ PSI Solutions

+ Serkan Aydemir

+ Paul Sauerland

+ Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper, LLC

+ Murat Efe

+ Dennis Dean

+ Ali Uslu

+ Mabel Okojie

+ Ali Mihci

+ Anonymous

+ Oguzhan Yildiz

+ Michael Pratt

+ Hou Chun Kuong

+ Fatma Aykan

+ John Klatt

+ Serdar Kartal

+ Engin Blackstone

+ Sedat Duman

+ Gurtug Yalvac

+ David Disli

+ Matt Sagnak

+ Ryan Uysaler

+ Leland Vogel

+ Sevket Simsek

If you are interested in donating to our programs now that the challenge grant period is closed, you can do so with the button below or the “Donate Now” button at the top of the website.

All contributions will be considered tax-deductible charitable donations.

Learn More About Future Institute

About the Challenge Grant
Future Institute Prospectus
About Our Programs
About Our Students
Contact Us

View The Fred A. Lennon Charitable Trust Challenge Grant Letter by clicking on the image below:

Click on the image below to view the Future Institute Prospectus:

Future Institute’s focus is to support high school students in their transition into college and increase and accelerate college completion and career attainment. We seek to reduce the education inequality and skills gap through our comprehensive, research-supported programs that aid high school graduates to prepare for their college and career attainment by providing educational, social, and career-building workshops, internship/job shadowing opportunities, mentorship, and critical resources. The purpose of applying for grants is to help Future Institute fund its vital programs, enroll more students to enter our Future Legacies program (transition program) and the Future Leaders’ Initiative (FLI) program (education and career success program). 100% of funds go to students’ educational needs. 

Our Participants’ Demographics:

  • 87% of our program participants are economically disadvantaged and live below the poverty level
  • 83% of the participants are African American, Latino, and/or multiracial
  • 75% of participants are the first in their families to attend college

Although most of these students are accepted into college, many face socio-economic challenges, leading them to drop out of their respective college programs and fail to persist in earning a degree. The project that serves in the Midwest states (with 45 scholars in Cleveland) runs yearly. The approximate cost per scholar in the program is $2000.00, covering educational needs or tuition, which is sent directly to their financial aid offices at their respective universities. With this support, our students will continue to thrive and make a difference in their communities. 

If you have any questions or would like to speak to us directly, you can contact:

Mr. Cengiz Karatas
Executive Director
(847) 227-9858

All contributions will be considered tax-deductible charitable donations.