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Filmmaker’s legacy gives Chicago nonprofit a boost

October 18th, 2016

A Chicago nonprofit that counsels children exposed to gun violence has been awarded $1 million from a a foundation started by the late filmmaker Saul Zaentz, who produced “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Next,” “Amadeus,” “The English Patient” and “The Unbearable Lightness of Being.”

Karen Foley, president and CEO of Juvenile Protective Association (JPA), called the gift, a game-changer. “It’s going to allow us to expand from three schools to 13 schools. We’ve found that therapy early on leads to positive relationships with teachers and positive education experiences for the future.”

The three-year grant also enables JPA to train more teachers in how to work with traumatized kids.

The donation came about when Chicago real-estate broker and JPA board Chair Meredith Meserow, JPA’s board chair, attended a West Coast wedding and met a member of the Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation.

JPA’s annual budget is pretty small at $2 million but its history is rich. The organization was started by Hull House co-founder Jane Addams in 1901.

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