Strengthening our Community Through Learning
Since 1891, our organization has focused on promoting learning and giving. Supporting our 21st century community, we encourage social responsibility by providing charitable service, financial support to community not-for-profit organizations and college scholarships to Oak Park-River Forest high school graduates. We promote life-long learning through dynamic, multi-cultural programs featuring music, art, literature, science and the social sciences. Part of our mission is to make our facility and services available to other non-profits so they can also better serve the community.
The charitable works of our organization are carried out by a community of volunteers who offer their time and talents to plan, organize and deliver results. Membership in this group of enthusiastic, dedicated, hard-working and fun-loving people is open to all interested individuals who share goals with the charitable purpose of the organization.
Saving Our Steinways
Our two 87-year old Steinway grand pianos are in need of extensive repair; we've decided to rebuild them, one at a time. This restoration will secure the future of musical programs while preserving the legacy of our founders. Click here for more information.
Grant Application Process, 2015-16
The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association 2015-16 grant application period is now open, with applications due July 31. Click here for more information and the application form.