Funders and Supporters

CNT enjoys support from charitable foundations, corporations and individuals. We also work in partnership with other institutions to promote our mission to build more livable and sustainable urban communities.

Supporters & Funders

Thanks to all of the funders and supporters who worked with us in 2021! We were generously funded by the following organizations and individuals:


Significant funders, clients, and sponsors


American Public Transportation Association


Appalachian Regional Commission

California Planning and Conservation League

The Chicago Community Trust

City of Bloomington, IN

City of Chicago, IL

City of Lancaster, PA

City of Phoenix, AZ

Cook County, IL

Crown Family Philanthropies

C.S. Mott Foundation


Elevated Chicago

Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust

Energy Foundation

Enterprise Community Partners

Evanston Community Foundation

Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities

Institute for Sustainable Communities

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Joyce Foundation

JPB Foundation

Kresge Foundation

Lake County (IL) Stormwater Management Commission

McDougal Family Foundation

McKnight Foundation

Motorola Solutions Foundation

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

National Science Foundation

New Visions Foundation

Polk Bros. Foundation

Prince Charitable Trusts

Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation

Sally Mead Hands Foundation

Spalding County, GA

Surdna Foundation

Thanksgiving Fund

Town of Carrboro, NC


Transportation Research Board (TRB)

Tucker Summit Community Improvement District, GA

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Economic Development Administration

Village of Oak Park, IL

Village of Wilmette, IL



Individual, Family, and Corporate Donors ($1,000+)


Lucy and Peter Ascoli


Big Cat Foundation
Joe Block and Debbie Pavick
Jonathan Boyer and Judith Stockdale
Chris Burgess and Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Crazy Peak Foundation
Desmond & Ahern, Ltd.
Elevate Energy
Environmental Defense Fund
Farr Associates
Jan Feldman
Fifth Third Bank
Bernard J. Ford
Michael Freedberg
Fuzzy Math
Randy Gunn
Anne Hallett
Julie Hamos
Michael and Janet Hanley
Robert Henderson
Jocarno Fund
Nancy Juda and Jens Brasch
Bo and Eunice Kemp
Lantern Partners
Howard Learner and Lauren Rosenthal
Lee/Coughlin Family Fund
Jeremy Liu


James Mann
Clark and Sari Maxfield
Susan Mudd and John Norquist
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Mary O’Connell
Margaret H. O’Dell and Alexander E. Sharp
Julia Parzen and Daniel Johnson
Lindene Patton
Jeanne Rattenbury and Geoff Grove
Red Bud Fund of the Evanston Community Foundation
Eleanor and Bill Revelle
Sharon and Louis Rosenthal
Debbie and Jeffrey Ross
Anne, Tony, and Carl Ruzicka
Sam Schwartz
SB Friedman Development Advisors
Schlickman Associates LLC
Ellen Seidman
Charles and Kathryn Shenk
Skidmore Owings & Merrill
Stoltzfus Household
Judith Shepelak and George Vinyard Charitable Fund
Kathy Tholin and Steve Starr
Harriet Tregoning and Geoff Anderson
Union Pacific
UrbanWorks, Ltd. – Patricia Saldana Natke, FAIA
Marie and Bob Weissbourd


CNT values all of its donors. Any omission of donors is unintentional. This list is continually changing and updated. Please contact us if you feel there is an error. 

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Donate by phone
Contact Andrea Ruiz at 773.269.4054.

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Center for Neighborhood Technology
Attn: Development Department
17 North State Street #1400
Chicago, IL 60602

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A gift of stock or securities to CNT will potentially lower your capital gains liability. Please contact CNT’s Development office to arrange a gift or learn more:
Andrea Ruiz

Workplace Giving
CNT is a member of EarthShare, a federation of the nation's most respected environmental and conservation charities.

If your employer is an EarthShare Illinois workplace giving partner, you can designate a tax-deductible payroll deduction to directly benefit CNT. To learn more about how you can support CNT at work, visit the EarthShare Illinois website or contact ESIL’s Senior Vice President and Campaign & Member Relations Director, Beth Tyson at

Thank you for your contribution. The Center for Neighborhood Technology is a registered 501(c)(3) and all gifts to CNT are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.