In 2006, a report sponsored by two of Chicago’s largest social service funders, the Chicago Community Trust and the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, warned a coalition of 22 of the city’s oldest and financially strongest human service agencies and community nonprofits that they faced the prospect of decreasing revenues and rising service demands. To better use existing resources, the report advised the coalition—the Chicago Alliance for Collaborative Effort (CACE)—to develop a plan to maximiz…

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