Assistance to Non-for-Profit Organizations

Supporting Our Communities

First Eagle Bank is actively engaged with nonprofit organizations serving metro Chicago.  Bank management and staff serve on Boards and committees of many organizations and provides support in other ways to many other local nonprofits.  Below is a partial list of organizations which currently benefit from FEB employee commitment of time, resources and financial support:

ACCION Chicago is Chicago's largest small business micro lender, providing credit card and other business services to small business owners lacking access to traditional sources of financing.

Bridge Communities

Bridge Communities provides transitional housing and mentoring to homeless families that live and work in DuPage County, Illinois. The goal for each family is to achieve financial independence through building their education, employment, and budgeting skills. First Eagle Bank partners with Bridge to provide their clients with credit builder loans that help their trajectory toward improving their financial circumstances.


The Cara helps people affected by poverty to get and keep quality jobs. They produce hundreds of jobs each year and help to maintain market-competitive businesses that create gateway jobs for those they serve to produce a profound social return on investment. Through Cara, families become stronger, relationships are healed, and communities become more vibrant because nothing gives you a positive outlook on life like a job. Rich Heathfield serves as a career coach.


The Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition works to help adult education organizations secure resources and training so that underserved adult learners can become economically successful, and reframes adult basic education as a critical public policy issue. They envision a city with empowered adult learners who can pursue their personal and professional goals, strengthen their families, communities and future generations. Emily Irish-Ryan currently sits on the Board of Directors.


Chicago Community Loan Fund (CCLF) provides low-cost, flexible financing to non-profit and for-profit community development organizations for the revitalization of low- and moderate-income neighborhoods throughout metropolitan Chicago.  CCLF is a federally certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).  In addition to its lending program, CCLF provides technical assistance to borrowers and non-borrowers.  Lastly, CCLF is active in the public policy area.


Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives Micro Finance Group (CNIMFG) focuses on low to moderate income neighborhoods throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. CNIMFG reaches deeply into historically challenged communities to help small business owners grow and thrive. Brad Meyer serves on the Micro Finance Loan Committee.


Community Investment Corporation (CIC) is Chicago's largest nonprofit mortgage lender providing financing for the purchase and rehab of the multifamily apartment buildings in the six-county metropolitan region, concentrating on the underserved areas.  Since 1993, First Eagle Bank has been an investor and currently has $2 million commited for future funding. Andy Salk is Board Member of CIC.        


Deborah's Place is a nonprofit organization that offers shelter, resources, and support to the homeless women of Chicago. Its mission is to provide resources to homeless women in order for them to transition from being homeless. Programs and services include permanent supportive housing and basic necessities. Deborah's Place has worked with over 4,000 women, delivering employment training, access to education, healthcare, case management, permanent, interim, and subsidized community-based housing. Rose Wageman serves on the Board of Directors.


DuPage Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization working in partnership with families and their communities to provide affordable housing.  Pat Kaveney serves on the Neighborhood Revitalization Steering Committee, Cathy Sanders works on both the Finance Committee and the Audit Sub-committee and Lynn Haschak serves on the Family Selection Committee..


Facing Forward to End Homelessness is a nonprofit organization with a mission to end homelessness for families and individuals by providing permanent housing, education, advocacy, and social services.


IFF  provides below-market, long-term real estate loans to nonprofit corporations meeting the needs of low-income and special need populations.  The corporation was founded in 1988 and achieved CDFI certification in 1995.  It serves nonprofit organizations in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin and more recently Michigan.  IFF has three business units: below-market lending to nonprofit corporations, real estate consulting and development for nonprofit corporations, and research related to the nonprofit sector.


Jewish Council on Urban Affairs pursues social and economic justice for Chicago's most vulnerable neighborhoods by promoting a vision of empowering communities from within.  Zachary Braun sits on the Board of Directors.


Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago (NHS)  is a nonprofit organization working in partnership with businesses, government, and neighborhood residents to revitalize Chicago's low to moderate-income neighborhoods.  Formed in 1975, NHS is Chicago's largest neighborhood revitalization organization.  First Eagle Bank has been a leading member of NHS Community Banks Partnership since its inception.