Here are some of our favorite charities located in Chicago, IL. We have made sure each of them are eligible for tax deductions when you help your local community by donating your car. Your values and choice can make a difference.
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Fighting For Air
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. The American Lung Association has many programs and initiatives to fight lung disease. Among these are: LUNG FORCE, Freedom From Smoking, Asthma Basics, Better Breathers Clubs, Lung HelpLine, Open Airways For Schools, the Healthy Air Campaign, the Airways Clinical Research Centers Network and other programs encompassing research, healthy air, tobacco control and cessation, public/professional education and lung health advocacy.
For Strength, Independence & Life
Created in 1950, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is the world's leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. We do so by funding worldwide research; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement.
Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Founded in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association, today a multimillion-dollar organization, has been the catalyst and leader for a generation of advancements in Alzheimer research and care. Our organization's achievements and progress in the field have given thousands of people a better quality of life and brought hope for millions more.
Improving the quality of public education
The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) brings together students, parents, educators and administrators who all share a common goal: to improve the quality of public education by promoting and strengthening charter schools throughout the State of Illinois. At INCS, we believe strong charter schools help create a better public school system for everyone. Some of the benefits charter schools deliver include: Student Outcomes; Parent and Community Empowerment; and Innovation.
Investing in military veterans and their spouses through educational scholarships.
The Pat Tillman Foundation is a national leader in providing resources and educational scholarship support to veterans, active servicemembers and their spouses. The Tillman Military Scholars program aids all veterans, specifically the ever-growing population of veterans of Post-9/11 conflicts. In 2002, Pat Tillman proudly put his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals on hold to serve his country. This decision was just one of many he made over the course of his lifetime to help others and serve a cause greater than his own self-interest. Following Pat's death in 2004, while serving with the U.S. Army's 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan, his family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation.
Transforming lives through reading, writing, and the GIVING power of used books
Open Books transforms lives through reading, writing, and the GIVING power of used books. Through our nonprofit social venture model, we operate two retail bookstores in the West Loop and Pilsen that help to fund our literacy and book granting programs. Each year, Open Books brings the joy of literacy to 4,500 youth through experienced educators and volunteers, safe learning environments, and access to tailored curricula and books. Our literacy programs ignite a passion for the written word and introduce students to new ways of expressing themselves. Through our book granting programs, we donate more than 130,000 books to youth and under-resourced communities across Chicago.
Mobilizing people through the power of bicycles
World Bicycle Relief mobilizes people through the power of bicycles. Our vision is a world where distance is no longer a barrier to education, healthcare and economic opportunity. Compared to walking, bicycles represent an enormous leap in productivity and access to healthcare, education and economic development opportunities. The simple, sustainable nature of bicycles empowers individuals, families and communities. With over 238,000 bicycles in the field and more than 1,000 field mechanics trained, World Bicycle Relief is changing lives across Africa. World Bicycle Relief and its partners have assembly facilities in Angola, Kenya, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe and has supplied bicycles through programs in Angola, Colombia, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Peru, the Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Establishing Social And Emotional Learning (SEL) As An Essential Part Of Education
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is the nation's leading organization advancing the development of academic, social and emotional competence for all students. Our mission is to help make evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) an integral part of education from preschool through high school. Through research, practice, and policy, CASEL collaborates to ensure all students become knowledgeable, responsible, caring and contributing members of society.
Dreams play here
The mission of World Sport Chicago is to support community leadership toward equitable access to play and sport in Chicago. World Sport Chicago accomplishes this through our core principles, which guide our work. Our organization strives to mobilize leaders from within the communities we serve, act on the long-view, creating long term, systemic change, create programs with child-like wonder, using any and every resource available, and serve with authenticity, developing real and vibrant connections with the communities of Chicago.
Supporting Special Olympics Chicago programs since 1969
Special Children's Charities has been supporting Special Olympics Chicago programs since 1969. Created by Jack McHugh, Special Children's Charities' primary mission is to promote, foster and encourage physical and mental health and improvement for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and closely related developmental disabilities. The Special Olympics mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
To cure headache, and to end its pain and suffering.
Over the past 42 years, our mission at the National Headache Foundation has been to further awareness of headache and migraine as legitimate neurobiological diseases. Much has changed during this time, and with aid from advanced technology and clinical innovation, there are more treatment options than ever before. However, we understand that these diseases are still largely misunderstood and that finding the right treatment options for you requires nuanced and adaptable insight. We have collected the most comprehensive information on headache and migraine, which we make freely available to you. Every day, our physician finder connects patients, who have just begun to seek treatment or those who are looking for more options, to neurologists and headache specialists.
Ensuring a living resource for all generations
The mission of the Alliance for the Great Lakes is to: "conserve and restore the world's largest freshwater resource using policy, education and local efforts, ensuring a healthy Great Lakes and clean water for generations of people and wildlife."
Because equal access to justice is everyone's fight
Founded in 1970, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) works to coordinate, support and promote the voluntary pro bono legal representation of the Chicago area's poor and working poor. CVLS is an organization of over 3,000 volunteer attorneys who donate free legal services to thousands of low-income Chicagoans annually. At only $109 per case, CVLS is unique in its ability to offer a wide range of totally free legal services to the poor and working poor of Chicago.
Preventing the abuse and neglect of our nation's children
Since 1972, Prevent Child Abuse America has led the way in building awareness, providing education and inspiring hope to everyone involved in the effort to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation's children. Working with chapters in 50 states, we provide leadership to promote and implement prevention efforts at both the national and local levels. Our national campaign and local programs, prevention initiatives and events help spread the word in your community, creating awareness that prevention is possible. We are a family of friends, professionals, volunteers, donors and parents who are preventing child abuse and neglect before it ever starts.
Education. Preparation. Transformation.
Founded in 1974, LINK Unlimited Scholars provides educational college preparatory opportunities for economically disadvantaged African American high school youth. In so doing, it integrates mentoring relationships, college readiness and leadership development to foster academic success, personal development and interracial understanding and harmony. LINK programs challenge each scholar academically and personally, compelling them to push beyond what they thought were their limits to reach higher levels of excellence.
Building stronger neighborhoods throughout Chicago since 1975
NHS' mission is to create opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives, and strengthen their neighborhoods. We do this by: educating and preparing new homeowners for success; lending to help people buy, fix, and keep their homes; sustaining homeownership through foreclosure prevention services; preserving, rehabbing, and investing in housing; and building powerful and enduring community partnerships.
Together, we can change the story.
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago is part of a network of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 45 countries and territories. Locally, the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago support system includes North-Northwest United Way and South-Southwest and West Suburban Regional Offices. United Way of Metropolitan Chicago leverages expertise, connections and resources to transform individual lives and entire neighborhoods, helping more than 1 million people each year.
An inspiring part of the American story
Interfaith Youth Core seeks to make Interfaith Cooperation a social norm. We believe that American college students, supported by their campuses, can be the interfaith leaders needed to make religion a bridge and not a barrier. Our interfaith leaders are building a movement of people from all faiths and traditions who are working together to change the world.
Shining a light on government
The Better Government Association (BGA) works for integrity, transparency, and accountability in government by exposing corruption and inefficiency; identifying and advocating effective public policy; and engaging and mobilizing the electorate to achieve authentic and responsible reform. Our Investigative Unit looks into allegations of waste, fraud and corruption in city, county, suburban and state government, and the results are made public through partnerships with local media. The Policy Advocacy Unit builds on the results of the BGA investigations to propose policy solutions to corruption, inefficiency, lack of accountability and waste in government.
Nature and science education for Chicago students, teachers, and families
The Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum inspire people to learn about and care for nature and the environment. The Academy improves quality of life in Chicago and the region by delivering superior environmental and science education programs to students and teachers, by offering Museum exhibitions and conducting public programs that foster green living, and by restoring local ecosystems and advancing scientific knowledge through collections and research.
The positive place for kids
Incorporated in 1902, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago (BGCC) works to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. BGCC serves more than 13,840 young people per year after school, and during the summer through 32 Clubs and three child care locations throughout the Chicago area. Boys & Girls Clubs provides a safe environment for young people to have fun and learn. Each Club is supervised by caring and trained professionals who engage kids in more than 200 activities each year.
History Lives Here
The Chicago History Museum is the city's oldest cultural institution, founded as the Chicago Historical Society in 1857 by leading entrepreneurs to help develop their frontier town into a balanced city. Nationally recognized for its major collections, the Museum specializes in the diverse and evolving history of Chicago and Illinois, as well as selected areas of American history.Our mission is to share Chicago stories, serving as a hub for scholarship and learning, inspiration and civic engagement. The Chicago History Museum collects, exhibits, and interprets documents, images, and artifacts related to the history of metropolitan Chicago and the United States. Permanent and special exhibitions, a dynamic website, publications, research guidance to the collection, and educational programs are offered to the public.
Providing collection-based research and public education
The Field Museum was founded in 1893 as the Columbian Museum of Chicago with its purpose being the accumulation and dissemination of knowledge, and the preservation and exhibition of objects illustrating art, archaeology, science and history. The collections form the foundation of the Museum's exhibition, research and education programs, which are further informed by a world-class natural history library of more than 250,000 volumes. As an educational institution the Field Museum offers multiple opportunities for both informal and more structured public learning. Since its founding the Field Museum has been an international leader in evolutionary biology and paleontology, and archaeology and ethnography.
Together for good
The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago is the one organization that impacts every aspect of local and global Jewish life, providing human services for Jews and others in need, creating Jewish experiences and strengthening Jewish community connections. JUF gives help and hope to the most vulnerable through a network of local agencies and programs, transforming the lives of 300,000 Chicagoans of all faiths who are in need at every stage of life.JUF stands in solidarity with Israel and the Jewish people worldwide, advocating on key issues, supporting humanitarian assistance for 2 million Jews in Israel and 70 countries around the world and rushing aid to communities in crisis in Israel and beyond.JUF advances Jewish learning and identity, funding the best in formal and informal Jewish education and connections to Israel. JUF builds Jewish community, fosters a sense of peoplehood and cultivates Jewish continuity from generation to generation.
Conducting activities conducive to the artistic development of the region
The purposes for which the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) was formed in 1879 are: to found, build, maintain, and operate museums, schools, libraries of art, and theaters; to provide support facilities in connection therewith; to conduct appropriate activities conducive to the artistic development of the region; and to conduct and participate in appropriate activities of national and international significance. The AIC encompasses both the museum and the school. The School is one of the largest accredited independent schools of art and design in the country, providing degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The museum's collection now encompasses more than 5,000 years of human expression from cultures around the world.
Enriching Lives and Building Community
JCC Chicago is dedicated to ensuring a strong and vibrant Jewish life and community for generations to come. Through a mix of formal and informal education, recreational and cultural activities, JCC Chicago provides quality experiences that enrich the lives of individuals, families and the community at large. Our award-winning preschool programs, summer camps and the wide array of enriching activities we offer, provide opportunities to Bring Jewish Values to Life through innovative programs designed to meet the needs of everyone from infants to adults. Founded in 1903 to serve the needs of the burgeoning population of Jewish immigrants in Chicago, JCC today serves more than 24,000 Chicago area children, adults and families each year.
Open to the public since 1887
The Newberry Library, open to the public without charge, is an independent research library dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge, especially in the humanities. The Newberry acquires and preserves a broad array of special collections research materials relating to the civilizations of Europe and the Americas. It promotes and provides for their effective use, fostering research, teaching, publication, and life-long learning, as well as civic engagement. In service to its diverse community, the Newberry encourages intellectual pursuit in an atmosphere of free inquiry and sustains the highest standards of collection preservation, bibliographic access, and reader services.
Rich in tradition. Innovative in vision.
Rich in tradition and innovative in vision, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is a musical force in Chicago and around the world with more than 150 performances and events a year, 107 talented musicians, two internationally-renowned conductors and two award-winning composers-in-residence. The central mission of the CSO is to present classical music to Chicago, national and international audiences. The mission is supported by the elements of: artistic excellence: continued international preeminence in the field of orchestral excellence; audience development: leading audience development initiatives; and education: superior education and community programs. Symphony Center is the home for more than 200 live concerts a year -- orchestras, recitals, hot jazz, superstar guest artists and more.
The world's aquarium
The Shedd Aquarium, an institution dedicated to public education and conservation, is known as the world's aquarium. Beautifully situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, the facility houses nearly 22,000 aquatic animals representing some 1,500 species of fishes, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds and mammals from waters around the world. Since its opening in 1930, the Aquarium's mission has been to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the aquatic world. Today, this educational goal has gained urgency as more species acquire endangered status. Shedd Aquarium is committed to a number of projects designed to preserve threatened or endangered aquatic species.
Together we are changing lives
The mission of the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Our vision for each of the youth we serve is that they graduate from high school with a plan for their future.
Helping families realize their amazing strength
For more than 150 years Metropolitan Family Services has been a voice for families. With compassionate counsel and services for families struggling to overcome incredible challenges, Metropolitan makes a difference in their lives and provides hope for their future. From early childhood programs to elder care services, every family member is encouraged to work together to realize their amazing strength. Close to 55,000 families and individuals receive counseling and other supportive services that build on their strengths and capabilities. Hundreds of thousands more benefit from Metropolitan's public policy and advocacy efforts. We offer a wide variety of services through our staff, which includes licensed clinical social workers and counselors, case managers, mental health professionals, early childhood educators and lawyers.
Because there is STILL hope.
Founded in 1906, The Chicago Lighthouse is a comprehensive private rehabilitation and educational facility dedicated to assisting children, youth and adults who are blind, visually impaired or multi-disabled by providing the highest quality educational, clinical, vocational and rehabilitation services. The Lighthouse operates 28 programs in 15 locations, in Chicago and across the state, serving 65,000 people each year. Many programs were firsts in the Midwest: the first Low Vision Clinic, the first Center for Blind and Multi-Disabled Children, the first Adaptive Technology Center for computer users. Through its comprehensive range of programs and services, the Chicago Lighthouse respects personal dignity and partners with individuals to enhance independent living and self-sufficiency.
Research, information, action
The mission of the Civic Federation is to provide objective research, analysis and recommendations that champion efficient delivery of high-quality government services, promote sustainable tax policies and responsible long-term financial planning, improve government transparency and accountability, educate and serve as a resource for policymakers, opinion leaders and the broader public. Founded in 1894, the Civic Federation is an independent, non-partisan government research organization that provides analysis and recommendations on government finance issues for the Chicago region and State of Illinois. The Federation's membership includes business and professional leaders from a wide range of Chicago area corporations, professional service firms and institutions.
Illinois' most trusted provider of reproductive health care
Planned Parenthood of Illinois is the leader in providing and promoting compassionate comprehensive reproductive healthcare, education, and rights. We envision a world in which access to quality reproductive health care is available to all, delivered without judgment and with respect. We do this by:o Delivering patient-centered reproductive health care to the women, teens, and men of Illinoiso Bringing medically accurate, age appropriate comprehensive sex education to thousands of young people across Illinoiso Tracking, responding to, and introducing proactive legislation promoting equitable and affordable health care, build and participate in strategic coalitions, and engage those we serve in our advocacy efforts
We build strong kids, strong families, strong communities
Since 1858, the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago has contributed to the lives of girls, boys, women and men of all ages, races, religions and economic backgrounds. Whether teaching children to swim, rescuing young men from gangs, training adults for the workforce, providing expectant mothers with prenatal care or serving transients with housing and supportive care, YMCAs collaborate with public service providers, government agencies, churches and neighborhood associations to improve life quality and encourage individual achievement. The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago operates 21 fitness centers, four resident camps, seven human service centers, five single room housing residences, four senior housing centers, and one supportive housing for young adult males.
A commitment to caring since 1899
The Anti-Cruelty Society (also known as the SPCA of Illinois), founded in 1899, is a private, open-admission, unlimited stay humane society, committed to helping both animals and people. Our programs and services include: Cat and Dog Adoptions - over 5,000 annually; Low or No Cost Spay/Neuter surgeries open to the general public - over 11,000 annually; Cruelty Investigations and Rescue Services - over 2,600 annually; Humane Education and Community Outreach programs - over 25,000 participants annually. Other services include a charity veterinary clinic, dog training classes; a free behavior hotline; and short-term accommodations for emergencies program, providing temporary housing for pets whose owners have been involved in crisis situations, e.g., domestic violence, fire, flood, illness, or foreclosure.
Bringing Chicago's ideas and opinions to the world
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, founded in 1922 as The Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, is a leading independent, nonpartisan organization committed to influencing the discourse on global issues through contributions to opinion and policy formation, leadership dialogue, and public learning. The Chicago Council brings the world to Chicago by hosting public programs and private events featuring world leaders and experts with diverse views on a wide range of global topics. Through task forces, conferences, studies, and leadership dialogue, the Council brings Chicago's ideas and opinions to the world.
Dedicated to community lung health since 1906
The mission of Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago (RHAMC) is to promote healthy lungs and fight lung disease through research, advocacy and education. To that end and through community-based interventions, RHAMC serves an estimated one million Cook County residents living with asthma, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema and other lung diseases. Respiratory Health Association was founded more than a century ago in 1906. Today, RHAMC has branched out to address all lung diseases and offer services throughout metropolitan Chicago and across the state. Through the years, the organization has championed various initiatives and carried several different names, but has always maintained its commitment to community lung health.
Advancing science without harming animals
Founded in 1929, the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) is an educational organization whose ultimate goal is the elimination of animal use in product testing, education and biomedical research. We seek to identify the cruelty and waste of vivisection and to convince the general public to work actively for its ultimate abolition. We strive to educate researchers, physicians, manufacturers, teachers and government leaders in the discovery of new, humane methods that will save millions of animals each year and still give our children a safer, healthier and happier future. NAVS promotes greater compassion, respect and justice for animals through educational programs based on respected ethical and scientific theory and supported by extensive documentation of the cruelty and waste of vivisection.
Caring for young Chicago
Chicago Youth Centers (CYC) is Chicago's largest independent, locally based, multi-site youth services organization. It was founded in 1956 by two visionaries, Chicago businessmen Elliott Donnelley and Sidney Epstein, who wanted young people living in poverty to have an alternative to the streets. CYC invests in youth in underserved communities in Chicago to help them discover and realize their full potential. CYC offers services to children and youth, ages 3-19, in seven neighborhoods (Bridgeport, Grand Boulevard/Bronzeville, Humboldt Park, North Lawndale, South Shore, Riverdale/Altgeld and Roseland) through nine community centers and at CYC-Camp Rosenthal in Dowagiac, Michigan.
Bringing healthy mouths to life
Oral Health America was founded in 1955 as the American Fund for Dental Health by members of the American Dental Association, American Dental Education Association, the American Dental Trade Association, and the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company to raise funds for the improvement of dental education. In 1994, Oral Health America broke away from its founding institutions to follow a path of broad-based public advocacy through targeted programs and communications efforts to improve oral health for all Americans. We develop, implement and facilitate educational and service programs designed to raise awareness of oral health's importance to total health.
Helping create competitive, equitable, and sustainable communities
Since 1934, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has been dedicated to shaping a more sustainable and prosperous greater Chicago region. MPC serves communities and residents by connecting the dots between regional needs, challenges, and solutions, and among the individuals and organizations with the power and capacity to guide the growth of the ever-changing Chicago metropolitan region.
Innovate. Explore. Discover.
The Brain Research Foundation, founded in 1953, supports neuroscience research that leads to advanced understanding of brain function in children and adults. This Foundation is committed to advance discoveries that will lead to novel treatments and prevention of all neurological diseases. They deliver this commitment through both research grant programs, which provide initial funding for innovative research projects, as well as educational programs for researchers and the general public.
Lincoln Park Zoo: Connecting people to nature through quality animal care, education, science, and conservation
Lincoln Park Zoo is dedicated to connecting people with nature by providing a free, family-oriented wildlife experience in the heart of Chicago and by advancing the highest quality of animal care, education, science and conservation.
Combating poverty, racism and anti-Semitism in partnership with diverse communities.
JCUA's mission is to combat poverty, racism and anti-Semitism in partnership with diverse communities. JCUA pursues social and economic justice through issue-based campaigns, community investment, and building bridges between the Jewish community and communities challenged by poverty and racism. Focused on mobilizing a progressive Jewish voice to address root causes of social injustice, JCUA works as an allied partner together with diverse communities across Chicago to achieve a more just city and better quality of life for all Chicagoans.
Relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly
Since 1959 Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly Chicago Chapter (LBFE), has brought companionship and social interaction to isolated and lonely elders. LBFE Chicago is part of a national network of volunteer-based organizations committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly. We offer to people of goodwill the opportunity to join the elderly in friendship and celebration of life. Programs offered by LBFE Chicago include visiting programs, holiday celebrations, year-round celebrations, vacation programs and inter generational programs, among others. In 2013 year we served 1,340 elders, with the indispensable help of volunteers giving more than 39,000 hours of their time.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago (BBBSMC) helps children realize their potential and build their futures. As Metro Chicago's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, BBBSMC makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers ("Bigs") and children ("Littles") ages 7-14. Our programs nurture children and strengthen communities across Cook, Lake and DuPage counties in Illinois and Lake County, Indiana. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
For 90 years, fighting for justice and freedom in Illinois
Founded in 1969, the Roger Baldwin Foundation of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois (ACLU) is dedicated to protecting freedom, liberty, equality and justice for all within the United States. The Roger Baldwin Foundation of ACLU facilitates an increased understanding of civil liberties and rights, inquire into the protection of civil liberties and rights, and to publish the results of these inquiries. They operate numerous programs that challenge restrictive, unconstitutional and discriminative conditions imposed on individuals.
Working to advance a national economic and racial justice agenda.
Founded in 1972, National People's Action (NPA) is a network of grassroots organizations with a fierce reputation for direct action from across the country that work to advance a national economic and racial justice agenda. NPA has over 200 organizers working to unite everyday people in cities, towns, and rural communities throughout the United States through direct-action, house meetings and community organizing. NPA staffs and supports three local, state and national campaigns in support of economic and racial justice: bank accountability, housing justice, and immigrant and worker's rights.
Answering God's call to seek justice and mercy for those living in poverty by providing legal services that strengthen lives, families and communities.
Cabrini-Green Legal Aid exists to answer God's call to seek justice and mercy for those living in poverty by providing legal services that strengthen lives, families and communities. We believe that justice is more than a verdict. It's an opportunity to build bridges and strengthen lives. Our vision is for our clients to leave us stronger than they came. We seek to plant and nurture seeds of reconciliation, compassion and the desire to serve. We are committed to personal and corporate integrity, zealous advocacy, seeing people as children of God, made in God's image, and will treat them accordingly, serving the whole person, and deep involvement with our community.
Nurturing and producing dynamic and inspiring new plays
Victory Gardens is dedicated to artistic excellence while creating a vital, contemporary American Theater that is accessible and relevant to all people through quality productions of challenging new plays and musicals. Victory Gardens Theater is a leader in developing and producing new theatre work and cultivating an inclusive theater community. Victory Gardens' core strengths are nurturing and producing dynamic and inspiring new plays, reflecting the diversity of our city's and nation's culture through engaging diverse communities, and in partnership with Chicago Public Schools, bringing art and culture to our city's active student population.
Offering youth a new home and a community of comprehensive support
Teen Living Programs (TLP) offers homeless youth a new home and a community of comprehensive support with a focus on education, vocation, counseling, health care, nutrition and life skills. We deliver comprehensive, long-term solutions to youth without homes who strive for self-sufficiency and community connection. TLP offers housing, job training, educational support, mental health counseling, holistic health care, and life skills training within a community of professional and passionate support. TLP's comprehensive, long-term approach to youth homelessness reduces the number of youth who might otherwise become homeless adults. TLP also limits youth homelessness from taking root through its outreach and prevention programs in neighborhoods and schools.
Building strong, vibrant Chicagoland communities one woman, one family at a time.
Founded in 1973, "Mujeres Latinas en Acción (Mujeres) empowers Latinas by providing services which reflect their values and culture and by being an advocate on the issues that make a difference in their lives." With this mission and the needs of the community always at the forefront, Mujeres provides high-quality, client-centered, bilingual/bicultural human services addressing critical issues such as domestic violence and sexual assault, leadership and youth development, positive parent support, and economic self-sufficiency. Mujeres also acts as a leading advocate on critical issues to ensure that the voices of those in the communities served are recognized among local and national lawmakers.
Producing classic and contemporary works
Since 1925, The Goodman Theatre has been a part of life in Chicago. Chicago's oldest and largest not-for-profit theater, The Goodman is committed to producing both classic and contemporary works, giving full voice to a wide range of artists and visions. Central to that mission is the Goodman Artistic Collective, a diverse group of outstanding theater artists whose distinctive visions have given the Goodman an artistic identity of uncommon richness and variety. By dedicating itself to three guiding principles - quality, diversity, and community - Goodman Theatre seeks to be the premier cultural organization in Chicago, providing productions and programs that make an essential contribution to the quality of life in our city.
Inspiring, challenging and engaging audiences worldwide
Critically acclaimed for its exuberant, athletic and innovative repertoire, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago features dancers who display unparalleled versatility and virtuosity in performances that inspire, challenge and engage audiences worldwide. Since Lou Conte founded the company in 1977, HSDC has expanded beyond its main company to include Hubbard Street 2, which cultivates young professional dancers and choreographers, serves as the foundation of HSDC's education initiatives and performs nationally and internationally with a diverse and engaging repertoire; extensive education and community programs; and the Lou Conte Dance Studio, which offers a wide variety of classes.
Mobilizing people and organizations to expand educational and employment opportunities for America's working women
The mission of Women Employed is to improve the economic status of women and remove barriers to economic equity. Women Employed has one passion: to make life better for working women. We believe that all women deserve full and fair economic opportunities. That means better career options and higher pay, more opportunities for training and education, and strict enforcement of fair employment laws. Women Employed is a leading national advocate for women's economic advancement. We analyze workplace issues, educate policy makers, and build support to improve opportunities and incomes. Since 1973, Women Employed has fought to outlaw pay discrimination, pregnancy discrimination and sexual harassment and to strengthen federal equal opportunity policies and work/family benefits.
Making music . . .building lives
Merit School of Music provides high-quality music education to students in metropolitan Chicago. Its primary goals are to help young people achieve their full musical potential, to remove economic barriers to participation, and to stimulate personal and educational growth through music. Merit offers a full range of music programming for children, ages newborn to 18 years, including early childhood classes, beginning, intermediate and advanced instrumental and vocal group instruction, private lessons, theory classes, ensembles and musical theatre. Merit's classes are offered at dozens of sites throughout Chicago and Northwest Indiana. This year, the School will reach nearly 5,000 young people throughout Chicagoland.
Advancing justice and opportunity
The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty. We ensure that laws and policies provide people with low-income access to adequate health care, decent housing, a safety net, and opportunities to achieve their full potential. The Shriver Center achieves its mission through three interconnected programs: advocacy, communication, and training. We advocate for and serve clients directly, while also building the capacity of the nation's equal justice providers to advance justice and opportunity for their clients.
Where play and learning connect
Founded in 1982, Chicago Children's Museum (CCM) works to create a community where play and learning connect. CCM's primary audience is children up through the fifth grade including their families, along with the school and community groups that support and influence children's growth and development. Fifteen permanent exhibits and programming spaces provide innovative learning experiences for children and their caregivers. The museum serves more than 500,000 visitors annually. CCM also reaches out beyond its walls by making a significant investment of resources in neighborhoods across Chicago, particularly to children who might not otherwise have access to the museum's rich array of resources.
Housing opportunities & maintenance for the elderly
H.O.M.E. helps low-income seniors in Chicago maintain their independence by providing home upkeep and repair, a shopping bus and three affordable, intergenerational buildings. H.O.M.E. ensures seniors enjoy healthy and safe living conditions. Free shopping bus assists seniors who have limited mobility or live in food deserts to have access to groceries, pharmacies and medical services that are essential to their well-being. H.O.M.E. also owns and manages three affordable buildings where seniors can choose between two styles of living - individual apartments or, for residents who need some assistance, shared living. H.O.M.E.'s moving program offers seniors support and assistance through one of life's most stressful events-moving from one home to another.
Your vote is your choice
Established in 1982, the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) fulfills the promises and principles of democracy by empowering minorities and similarly disenfranchised groups and maximizing civic awareness and participation in the electoral process. USHLI has developed into one of the most powerful, nationally and internationally recognized Latino organizations in the country by organizing and conducting nonpartisan voter registration and leadership development program in 40 states. USHLI has been able to maintain a stable presence in hundreds of communities over the years by promoting empowerment and civic responsibility.
Stimulating and preserving knowledge and appreciation of Mexican culture
Founded in 1982, the National Museum of Mexican Art works to stimulate and preserve knowledge and appreciation of Mexican culture through sponsoring events and exhibitions that exemplify the rich variety of visual and performing arts in the Mexican culture; to develop a significant permanent collection of Mexican art; to encourage the professional development of Mexican artists; and to offer arts education programs. The National Museum of Mexican Art is the nation's largest Latino arts institution and the only Latino museum accredited by the American Association of Museums.
Improving literacy for every at-risk student.
Reading In Motion's works to get every at-risk student reading at or above grade level within the first years of school through the power and discipline of the arts. To accomplish this, we partner with schools and teachers to create and deliver an innovative, supplemental reading program that uses music and drama to engage students. Reading In Motion is currently in 140 Chicago-area classrooms and has helped more than 45,000 students since it was founded in 1983.
Promoting understanding and cooperation between Jews and Christians
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews was founded in 1983 to promote understanding and cooperation between Jews and Christians and to build broad support for Israel and other shared concerns. Our vision is that Jews and Christians will reverse their 2,000-year history of discord and replace it with a relationship marked by dialogue, respect and cooperation. Over the years, we have been leaders in Jewish-Christian relations, building bridges of goodwill that have led to greater understanding and cooperation between members of these two great faiths.
We build strong kids, strong families, strong communities
The National Council of YMCAs of the USA (YMCA of the USA) is the national resource office for the nation's YMCAs. Located in Chicago, with satellite offices across the country, the YMCA of the USA exists to serve YMCAs. America's 2,686 YMCAs serve more than 21 million people each year, uniting men, women and children of all ages, races, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels. At the heart of community life across America, mission-driven YMCAs are a place to belong and to live the values that guide and unite our members: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. From cities to suburbs to small towns, YMCAs serve America's children, families and communities by building healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
Fighting for the human right to housing since 1980
Community organizers, public policy specialists and legal aid attorneys advocate for and with people hurt by homelessness - including mothers with children, unaccompanied youth, low-wage workers and ex-offenders. Together, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) advocates for a shelter safety net, affordable housing, jobs with fair wages, and access to quality public schools. A new campaign, HomeWorks, advocates with Chicago housing providers for more family housing and organizes homeless families to push for better school services. Regular outreach at 30 shelter and street programs reaches 7,000 youths and adults a year. A Statewide Network organizes in nine communities, focused on Aurora, Rockford and Waukegan. The Speakers Bureau reaches 4,500 people a year and organizes students to advocate with CCH. The Law Project and its mobile legal aid clinic, Youth Futures, close more than 400 cases a year, 93% on behalf of homeless students or youth with civil legal needs.
Helping women and girls succeed
Chicago Foundation for Women raises money to fund and support organizations that help women and girls--it's all about making smarter connections between need, money and solutions. We believe that when women and girls are secure, whole communities are made better. We are a community of people who share the excitement of giving to help women and girls thrive. We improve the lives of women and girls through grants, advocacy, leadership development, and public and grantee education. Since 1985, we have given more than 2,800 grants totaling over $18 million and helped thousands of women and girls become philanthropists. Our grantmaking focuses on three strategies to improve women's and girls' lives: expanding economic security, ensuring freedom from violence, and enhancing access to health services and information. We envision a world in which all women and girls have the opportunity to achieve their potential and live in safe, just and healthy communities.
We've been there. We can help.
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading peer-directed national organization focusing on the two most prevalent mental health conditions, depression and bipolar disorder, which affect more than 21 million Americans, account for 90% of the nation's suicides every year, and cost $23 billion in lost workdays and other workplace losses. DBSA's peer-based, wellness-oriented, and empowering services and resources are available when people need them, where they need them, and how they need to receive them-online 24/7, in local support groups, in audio and video casts, or in printed materials distributed by DBSA, our chapters, and mental health care facilities across America. Through more than 700 support groups and nearly 300 chapters, DBSA reaches millions of people each year with in-person and online peer support; current, readily understandable information about depression and bipolar disorder; and empowering tools focused on an integrated approach to wellness.
We open doors for women experiencing homelessness.
Deborah's Place is Chicago's largest provider of supportive housing exclusively for women and is recognized as an innovative leader among homeless service providers locally and nationally. Since our founding in 1985, we have worked collaboratively with our participants, offered a range of high quality services and tried new approaches - putting Deborah's Place at the forefront of agencies making a difference to those in need in Chicago. Deborah's Place opens doors of opportunity for women who are homeless in Chicago. Supportive housing and services offer women their key to healing, achieving their goals and moving on from the experience of homelessness.
Unlocking Potential for Chicago Youth & Parents
Midtown Educational Foundation guides low-income urban youth in Chicago along pathways of success. Our proven enrichment programs embrace the dignity of the person by focusing on academic excellence, virtue development, individual attention, and parental engagement. The Midtown-Metro experience is highlighted by a curriculum that combines academics, character education and enriching extracurricular opportunities in business, technology, the arts and more. MEF also encourages the parents of its students to be actively involved in their child's educational and personal development. Finally, a corps of more than 350 weekly volunteer tutors and mentors helps our Chicago urban youth achieve college enrollment at a rate of nearly five times that of their peers nationwide.
Share the power of a wish
Make-A-Wish Illinois grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich their lives with hope, strength and joy. Since 1985, we have granted more than 13,000 wishes in Illinois. Any child in Illinois between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 (at the time of referral) with a physician-certified life-threatening illness or medical condition is eligible for a wish. Make-A-Wish Illinois is one of the largest Make-A-Wish chapters in the United States, granting approximately 700 wishes a year.
Engaging and entertaining audiences
Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) offers a broad spectrum of theatrical experiences year-round, engaging and entertaining audiences from all walks of life and from around the world. The plays of William Shakespeare form the core of our company's work and subscription series, featuring selections from Shakespeare's 38-play canon complemented by other dramatic works - from traditional classical theater to new classics that resonate with Shakespeare's timeless insights into the human condition. As Chicago Shakespeare strives to share our uniquely American brand of Shakespeare with the world, so do we also strive to bring to Chicago some of the best theater the world has to offer. To our World's Stage Series, we bring international theatrical productions to our city, presenting new cultural expressions and experiences for Chicago audiences and artists alike.
Supporting the freedom of all Chicagoans to read, to learn and to discover
The Chicago Public Library Foundation was established in 1986 as an independent educational organization dedicated to working with the City of Chicago in a true public/private partnership to enrich the collections and programs of the Chicago Public Library. The Foundation has provided start-up funding for new programs, such as technology and expanded Sunday and evening service hours, that are now included in the Library's city-funded budget. The Foundation also provides on-going funding for collections, book acquisition and a variety of community-based programs that contribute to the excellence of the Library.
Building better lives
Voices for Illinois Children champions the full development of every child in Illinois to assure the future well-being of everyone in the state. We work with families, communities and policymakers on all issues to help children grow up healthy, happy, safe, loved, and well educated.
Empowering women towards entrepreneurship and economic self-sufficiency
The Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) is the oldest, largest, most comprehensive, and successful women's business assistance center in the United States. We're nationally and internationally recognized for our responsive, innovative, and effective programs and advocacy efforts. We deliver business services and financial assistance to empower women towards entrepreneurship and economic self-sufficiency. Since our founding in 1986, we've grown from a two-person operation to a national leader in women's economic development with a budget of $2.2 million. Over the years, we've assisted more than 55,000 women in the greater Chicago area, helped establish 14 additional women's business assistance centers in six states in the U.S., and continue to be credited for programs and policies that impact women's economic development across the nation and globally.
It takes Big Shoulders to carry a child's dreams
The mission of the Big Shoulders Fund is to provide support to the Catholic schools in the neediest areas of inner-city Chicago. The funds raised by Big Shoulders are used for scholarships, special education programs, instructional equipment, much needed facility improvements, faculty support, and operating grants. Serving both Catholics and non-Catholics, Big Shoulders Fund supported schools are seen as anchors in their communities and in the lives of the families they serve. It is our hope to provide the inner-city Catholic schools with the resources to prepare Chicago's young people for a productive future. The Big Shoulders Fund seeks to offer inner-city children and their parents the choice of a faith-based, value-centered education.
Educating and inspiring under-served young people through the visual arts
Established in 1987, Marwen educates and inspires under-served young people through the visual arts. Marwen offers four program arms: Studio, College & Career, Alumni, and the Marwen Institute. The studio program is at the core of Marwen's mission. Each year, we offer more than 85 courses in six state-of-the-art studios. We challenge students to excel through comprehensive, in-depth instruction in a wide range of media including painting and drawing, ceramics and sculpture, printmaking, technology, and more. The Marwen Institute advances Marwen's existing work with Chicago's teachers and schools; pursues new initiatives in training Marwen staff and faculty; and directs the investigation, articulation, and dissemination of Marwen's practices.
Ensuring that every public school student in Chicago graduates from high school prepared to succeed.
Communities In Schools of Chicago is a dropout prevention organization that works. Our model is backed by data and rigorous research. This year we are partnering with 135 Chicago public schools, helping more than 50,000 students succeed and stay in school. We do our work by connecting schools with needed programs and services and providing one-on-one and group counseling to specific students. Our team of 30 professionals relies on a set of organizational core values that guide our approach to working and serving students, schools and the community-at-large. We began working in Chicago in 1988, and have a rich history of serving, in total, more than 900,000 Chicago students. The mission of CIS of Chicago is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
Every child deserves a home
Established in 1993, SOS Children's Villages Illinois provides a stable home in a supportive, community environment designed to help children in need grow into caring, productive, self-reliant adults. SOS provides a viable alternative to traditional foster care. Children who come to live at SOS stay with their biological brothers and sisters in a private home. A full-time, professionally trained foster parent lives with them, and the whole Village gives them support, compassion and strength. At SOS, we help children whose world has been turned upside down by parental abuse, neglect, or abandonment. We offer them a place to call home and space to heal. By keeping brothers and sisters together, with a full time professional foster parent in an individual home, we rebuild a loving family life.
Our vision is vision
Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness America is the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness America touches the lives of millions of people each year. Every year more than 120 million people read, hear or see our messages about early detection of eye disease and prevention of accidents that can cause permanent loss of sight. We train and certify adult and children's vision screeners and screening instructors through the only national program of its kind, providing 20,000 vision screening personnel with the skills they need to help people in their communities.
The nation's food bank network
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger.
Igniting potential, enriching lives
The Daniel Murphy Scholarship Foundation (DMSF) was founded in 1989 by ten Chicago-based business associates, who set out to enrich the lives of Chicago youth by providing them with educational opportunities they would otherwise be unable to access. DMSF's mission is to provide four-year high school scholarships and academic support services to economically disadvantaged Chicago 8th grade students who demonstrate academic potential, in order to ensure they are properly prepared for college. DMSF works to ensure that financial constraints do not hinder a young person's ability to obtain a quality education.
Inform. Influence. Lead.
The Latino Policy Forum is the only organization in the Chicago area that facilitates the involvement of Latinos at all levels of public decision-making. The Latino Policy Forum strives to improve education outcomes, advocate for affordable housing, promote just immigration policies, and engage diverse sectors of the community. It does this by conducting analysis to inform, influence, and lead, all with an understanding that advancing Latinos advances a shared future.
Offering programs that speak with many voices to community needs
Chicago Public Media is a community-supported, public service broadcasting institution. We offer programs that speak with many voices to community needs and are a reflection of the distinctive and diverse Chicago area. We help listeners learn about issues and ideas that affect the community, the nation, and the world. We produce, acquire, and distribute engaging, thoughtful, and entertaining programs of depth, breadth, diversity, and substance that speak powerfully. We are principally a broadcaster. We also serve our local and national community with supplemental distribution initiatives. We expand our outreach to the community and enhance our production effort through partnerships and educational programs with local and national institutions.
Working solutions for working families
Established in 1990, the Center for Economic Progress helps hard-working, low-income families move from financial uncertainty to financial security. Local in service but national in voice, we achieve our mission in three ways: we provide trusted tax and financial counseling, giving Illinois families the tools to make sound choices; we lead a national coalition of organizations that promote economic progress for low-wage workers and their families; and we advance policies and practices to create a financial system that works for all.
We're here to help
Founded in 1990, the Kidney Cancer Association (KCA) is a charitable organization made up of patients, family members, physicians, researchers, and other health professionals globally. We fund, promote, and collaborate with the National Cancer Institute, American Society for Clinical Oncology, American Urological Association, and other institutions on research projects. We educate families and physicians, and serve as an advocate on behalf of patients at the state and federal levels. We encourage both private and public sector institutions to do more research on kidney cancer, and we help researchers in academic medical centers, government, and industry with money and information.
Funding life-changing breakthroughs in breast cancer
The Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation (LSCRF) is one of the nation's leading breast cancer research and education charities. It was founded in 1985 in memory of Lynn Sage, a Chicago-area woman who endured a six-year struggle with breast cancer with her spirit and dignity intact before she died at the age of 39. Our mission is to support the understanding, research and treatment of breast cancer in partnership with Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. Since its inception, LSCRF has raised over $31 million for breast cancer research. LSCRF fulfills its mission by funding a breast cancer research program, a breast fellowship program, and breast cancer outreach.
Dedicated to greening and beautifying Chicago's expressways, gateways and neighborhoods.
Founded in 1986, Chicago Gateway Green continues to lead the charge in greening and beautifying our great city. The Tree Partnership, a large-scale tree planting initiative, will transform unused lands across Chicago into tree-filled green spaces. Working towards the goals of the Chicago Climate Action Plan, the Tree Partnership's plantings are planned to maximize environmental impact. The Expressway Partnership program stands out from typical ‘adopt-a-highway' programs in other states. We work with landscape architects to create multi-year plans for each site so landscaping will fit in with the existing environment and eventually become sustainable. Chicago Gateway Green is celebrating twenty years of dedication to a beautiful Chicago.
Changing lives, one at a time.
Chicago Lights provides hope and opportunity to Chicago's children, youth, and adults who face the challenges of poverty. Through supportive relationships and diverse programs, we empower people to thrive academically, secure economic stability, lead healthy lives, and build community. Chicago Lights offers five signature programs, including: Tutoring, the Urban Farming, the Elam Davis Social Service Center, Summer Day, and the Dance Academy. Chicago Lights has served more than 50,000 people since the inception of our first program, Tutoring, in 1964, and annually serves 4,000 individuals of all races, ethnic backgrounds, and religious traditions.
Scholarship. Mentoring. Community.
Horizons for Youth is the only scholarship organization offering comprehensive support services such as tutoring and mentoring to students as early as kindergarten and continuing through high school graduation. With a 99% high school graduation rate and 80% college attendance rate, our program is a proven model for academic achievement and personal growth. We provide children from low-resource areas the opportunity for a quality education and the support services to take full advantage of it. Our participants are Chicago residents with limited income and who have at least one child in grades K-3. We select families after a thorough interview process that confirms a strong foundation at home and a commitment to making the most of education.
Established in 1993, CARPLS is an innovative legal aid service that offers an immediate response to the every day problems confronting low- and moderate-income residents of Cook County, IL. CARPLS' free hotline and court-based advice desks give individuals direct access to experienced attorneys who are trained to quickly assess and respond to a wide range of civil legal problems. CARPLS attorneys resolve over 85% of all cases in-house by providing information, advice and brief services including the preparation and review of legal documents. CARPLS' unique "legal triage" system serves as a model for legal aid communities across the country and has increased access to justice by dramatically reducing the cost of legal aid services to the poor.
Protecting the Midwest's environment and natural heritage
The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) is the Midwest's leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization. We develop and lead successful strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business deal making with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC's multidisciplinary staff of talented and experienced public interest attorneys, environmental business specialists, public policy advocates, and communications specialists brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our Midwestern communities.
Eliminating pediatric cancer and providing hope and support to those who are touched by it
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a national organization founded in 1992 and has been actively contributing to children stricken with cancer. Bear Necessities' mission is to eliminate pediatric cancer and to provide hope and support to those who are touched by it. The foundation has two main programs: the Bear Hugs Program is designed to brighten the lives of pediatric cancer patients by granting special requests to them and to ease the burdens of the families through assistance with some of the immediate needs that they may be facing while fighting this physically, emotionally, and financially devastating disease. Each year the Bear Discoveries program awards medical research grants nationally, primarily to junior investigative researchers who make meaningful advancements and discoveries towards finding a cure and therapies for various types of pediatric cancer.
Deepening understanding of the arts
Harris Theater serves as a unique national model of collaboration between the philanthropic community and performing arts organizations in music and dance. More than a decade later, the theater features the most diverse offerings of any venue in Chicago, hosting local, national, and internationally renowned artists and ensembles. The Harris Theater's primary mission is to partner with an array of Chicago's music and dance performing arts organizations to help them build the resources and infrastructure necessary to achieve artistic growth and long-term organizational sustainability.
Dedicated to restoring the wetland resources of the Midwest
The Wetlands Initiative is dedicated to restoring the wetland resources of the Midwest to improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat and biodiversity, and reduce flood damages. TWI was founded in 1994 to reverse the environmental damage created by the drainage of valuable wetlands in the upper Midwest. Today TWI works as "conservation entrepreneurs" to develop new methods and strategies for restoring our lost wetland ecosystems.TWI projects focus on the Illinois River Basin. The organization seeks to conduct and support high-quality restoration projects through direct, on-the-ground work and by forming larger partnerships to demonstrate innovative ways to finance large-scale wetland restoration, such as ecosystem service markets. With a focus on science-based, economically sustainable projects and collaborative work with public agencies, TWI's goal is to develop restoration methods and models that others may copy.
CAPE engages students, inspires teachers, transforms schools, and demonstrates impact through the arts.
Founded in 1992, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE)'s mission is to increase students' academic success, critical thinking and creativity through research-based, arts driven education.CAPE inspires students' passion for learning by weaving visual and performing arts into their classroom lessons. To bring academic subjects to life through art, CAPE partners teaching artists with Chicago Public School teachers to develop original, creative lesson plans. These lessons integrate music, dance, drama, digital art, video and photography into classrooms, and expand learning beyond school walls and into the community CAPE's unique approach to enhancing education with the arts better engages students, improves their understanding of class material, and boosts their grades. CAPE commissions rigorous, long-term research studies that show that integrating art into education continually improves students' critical thinking, self esteem, and confidence.
Incorporating popular culture, modern technology, and contemporary ideas into classical dance
Founded in 1956, The Joffrey Ballet has been hailed as America's ballet company of firsts. Classically trained to the highest standards, The Joffrey Ballet expresses a unique, inclusive perspective on dance, proudly reflecting the diversity of America with its company, audiences, and repertoire which includes major story ballets, reconstructions of masterpieces and contemporary works. Today, the Joffrey, which has been hugely successful in its former residencies in New York and Los Angeles, lives permanently in a brilliant new facility, Joffrey Tower, in the heart of America, Chicago, Illinois. The company's commitment to accessibility is met through the most extensive touring schedule of any dance company in history, an innovative and highly effective education program and collaborations with myriad other visual and performing arts organizations.
Free cancer support for the whole family, the whole time
Gilda's Club Chicago is a free cancer support community for anyone - men, women, teens and children, as well as their family and friends - whose lives have been impacted by any kind of cancer. Our innovative program, including more than 350 free activities each month, is an essential complement to medical care and includes healthy lifestyle workshops, educational lectures, social opportunities, support and networking groups, and resource referrals. We also have volunteer opportunities at the Clubhouse on Wells Street, as well as in the community. Gilda's Club Chicago is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is funded through donations from individuals, businesses, foundations and special events. Our mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community. We do that by providing free cancer support for the whole family, the whole time - including caregivers.
Education + Mentorship + Leadership = Transformation
Chicago Scholars is transforming the leadership landscape of our city by resolving the fundamental barriers to success for academically driven, first generation college students from under-resourced communities. Through college counseling, mentoring, and by providing a supportive community to our Scholars through each phase of our program: College Access: Launch, College Persistence: Lift and College to Careers: Lead, we ensure that they realize their full potential as students and leaders.
Educating Leaders for Church and Society
Established in 1997, the Ukrainian Catholic Education Foundation (UCEF) informs Americans about the academic and financial needs of the Ukrainian Catholic Church and its educational institutions in Ukraine. We foster the communion of Ukrainian Americans with the Ukrainian nation and of Roman Catholics in the West with the largest Eastern Catholic Church. The Catholic Church in Ukraine was persecuted by the Soviets from 1946 to 1990; all of its activities were driven underground and its properties were confiscated. The UCEF Institutional Support Program helps educational and religious institutions in Ukraine to meet present needs and develop endowments for the future.
Pets are worth saving
PAWS Chicago is the city's largest no kill humane organization, focused on implementing solutions to end the killing of homeless pets. Since PAWS Chicago's founding in 1997, the number of homeless dogs and cats killed annually has dropped by nearly 80 percent: from more than 42,000 homeless pets killed in 1997 to under 10,000. PAWS Chicago is working to build a no kill Chicago - a city where pets are no longer destroyed just because they are homeless. PAWS Chicago will find new homes for nearly 6,000 homeless pets this year at the state-of-the-art Pippen Fasseas Lincoln Park Adoption, the satellite Glenn L. Felner North Shore Adoption Center and nearly weekly on- and off-site adoption events. The PAWS Chicago Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic, the largest free spay/neuter clinic in Midwest, will sterilize more than 18,000 pets of low-income families this year.
Dedicated to nurturing and challenging the body, mind, and spirit to the glory of God.
Chicago Hope Academy is a coed non-denominational college and life preparatory high school dedicated to nurturing and challenging the whole person- body, mind, and spirit- to the glory of God. We offer a challenging college preparatory curriculum that balances physical, mental, and spiritual development and gifted teachers who encourage and mentor students.
Equipping young people to succeed in college
Umoja equips young people to succeed in college and confidently claim their future. We do this by building a web of dynamic relationships that brings together schools, families and community partners to bridge the gap between the talents and ambitions of low-income youth and the resources they need to thrive. Umoja believes that education is the great equalizer. If we as a community are serious about Chicago standing as a competitive global city, then we must be equally serious about educating each and every one of our young people in every Chicago neighborhood.
Programs for kids with cancer
Children's Oncology Services, Inc. believes that a diagnosis of cancer should not prevent a child from experiencing the simple joys of childhood. Through our One Step programs, we offer camp experiences and other programs throughout the year that allow children with cancer to just be kids. Our programs offer fun, friendship and support in a safe and nurturing environment. Through the magic of childhood experiences, we help kids diagnosed with cancer reclaim their lives.
The Cara Program prepares and inspires motivated individuals to break the cycles of homelessness and poverty, transform their lives, strengthen our communities, and forge paths to real and lasting success. After nearly 25 years, The Cara Program has evolved as not only a best-in-class job training and placement provider, but also a vehicle for true life transformation. Since our founding in 1991, we have placed more than 4,800 individuals into more than 6,600 quality jobs at one-year job retention rates of 70% or better, catalyzing the same number of families to stop the transfer of poverty from one generation to the next. Additionally, The Cara Program leverages a social enterprise model in which we create transitional jobs or provide access to temporary jobs in the private sector through our businesses: Cleanslate, a neighborhood beautification business, and TCP Staffing, an alternative staffing firm.
A national public interest law firm dedicated to restoring respect in law for life, family, and religious liberty.
The Thomas More Society is a not-for-profit, national public interest law firm dedicated to restoring respect in law for life, family, and religious liberty. Based in Chicago, the Thomas More Society defends and fosters support for these causes by providing high quality pro bono legal services from local trial courts all the way to the United States Supreme Court. The Thomas More Society continues to litigate cutting-edge cases including protecting the First Amendment rights of those who pray and counsel outside our nation's abortion facilities, defending laws that protect human life from conception to natural death, ensuring the free expression of religion in the public square, restoring respect for marriage as the sacred union of one man and one woman.
A venture capital fund for public education
As a venture capital fund for public education, The Chicago Public Education Fund (CPEF) invests dollars and ideas in well-managed, high-impact programs that improve school leadership and student achievement system wide. Our mission is to accelerate achievement for all Chicago public school students, especially our neediest, by building talented teams of principals and teachers. Using our model, CPEF provides critical strategic management assistance to the programs we support, helping them create strategic plans, hire management teams, recruit board members, and develop additional sources of financial support. CPEF serves as a catalyst and strategic investment partner with businesses, foundations, civic and community leaders, and the Chicago Public Schools.
Science education, discovery, youth development
Project Exploration is a nationally recognized nonprofit science education and youth development organization whose mission is to make science and engineering accessible to traditionally overlooked communities, particularly minority youth and girls. Since 1999, Project Exploration has engaged Chicago Public School students in hands-on experiences with real science and real scientists, and has provided critical leadership in the national conversation about out-of-school time STEM education. Our student-centered approach promotes long-term relationships between students and scientists, and empowers youth to become active partners in their education by encouraging them to study science-related topics that they find interesting. There are no fees or academic prerequisites, and we strive to recruit students who are inquisitive and ambitious, but are not necessarily "straight-A" students.
Because every child deserves a healthy school.
Healthy Schools Campaign advocates for policies and practices that allow all students, teachers and staff to learn and work in a healthy school environment. We teach and empower others to advocate for children to have fresh air, healthy food and physical activity to shape their lifelong learning and health. Since our founding in 2002, we've engaged parents, teachers, community leaders and students in this process, and we've built a strong base of support along the way. As that base has grown, our work has taken on a national scope while maintaining strong local relevance in our hometown of Chicago. Today, Healthy Schools Campaign continues to advocate for changes that will make a positive difference in children's health, well-being and readiness to succeed, at school and in life.
Find the center of tomorrow: Chicago
World Business Chicago is a public-private, non-profit partnership that drives inclusive economic growth and job creation, supports business, and promotes Chicago as a leading global city. WBC is responsible for the implementation of Chicago's Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs, a coordinated effort to assess and expand Chicago's economy. The Plan provides a set of goals, a framework for research and analysis, and as set of strategies which are currently being implemented to foster regional growth.
The Nation's largest African American video oral history collection
Founded in 1999, The HistoryMakers is committed to preserving and making widely accessible the untold personal stories of both well-known and unsung African Americans. Through the media and a series of user-friendly products, services and events, The HistoryMakers enlightens, entertains and educates the public, helping to refashion a more inclusive record of American history. The HistoryMakers is the single largest archival collection of its kind in the world designed to promote and celebrate the successes and to document movements, events and organizations that are important to the African American community and to American society.
Advancing Blood Cancer Research
The primary mission of MPN Research Foundation (formerly MPD Foundation) is to stimulate original research in pursuit of new treatments and eventually a cure for the myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) polycythemia vera, primary myelofibrosis and essential thrombocythemia. In addition, the MPN Research Foundation promotes collaboration in the scientific community to accelerate MPN research, and serves as a powerful patient advocacy group for MPN patients and their families.
Dedicated to funding lung cancer research.
The mission of LUNGevity Foundation is to have a meaningful and immediate impact on improving lung cancer survival rates, ensure a higher quality of life for lung cancer patients, and provide a community for those impacted by lung cancer. In order to accomplish our mission, LUNGevity funds the most promising research into the early detection and successful treatment of lung cancer as identified by our board of leading scientists. LUNGevity also supports the largest national grassroots lung cancer network. We hope to inspire the nation to commit to ending lung cancer. Our vision is a world where no one dies from lung cancer. A world that LUNGevity helped to create by bringing together world-class scientific minds, passionate advocates, and an efficient and effective organization. Our vision is to unite the country in one movement to end lung cancer now.
Sponsoring, producing and encouraging opera and musical performances
The Lyric Opera of Chicago, originally known as The Lyric Theatre of Chicago, was founded in 1954 by Carol Fox, Lawrence V. Kelly, and Nicola Rescigno. Its artistic standards are universally admired, and it has consistently offered its patrons a world-class roster of singers, conductors, directors, designers, choreographers, and dancers in a wide-ranging repertoire. More than 274,000 tickets were sold for Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2008-2009 season which included 82 performances of nine operas. The Civic Opera Building is the permanent home of Lyric Opera of Chicago. Its 3,563-seat capacity makes it the second-largest opera auditorium in North America.
Bringing together physicians and communities to improve the nation's health
Founded in 1950, the AMA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the American Medical Association. Our mission is to bring together physicians and communities to improve the nation's health.We are proud to provide a portfolio of charitable programs with two primary areas of focus: Community Health and Medical Education & Leadership. Our named and honor funds, established by individual donors, state and medical societies, and specialty groups, continue their legacy of having a local impact on a national level throughout our programs.
Every art. Every child. Every day.
Urban Gateways educates and inspires young people by delivering high-quality, accessible arts experiences that advance their personal and academic growth.We ensure that young people experience the joy of learning through artist-in-residence, apprenticeship and performance programs in the following ways:- Utilizing the city as a classroom when creating innovative and culturally diverse arts programs in a variety of learning environments - Implementing data-driven best practices aligned with current educational standards that effectively increase student achievement- Providing ongoing professional development for teaching artists and school teachers in partnership with experts in the field- Engaging in strategic and sustainable collaborations to promote arts-centered communitiesTogether with our partners, Urban Gateways transforms today's arts education experiences into tomorrow's lifelong success stories.
Our community. Our profession. Our foundation.
The Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) mobilizes our legal community around a cause that is a distinctive responsibility of our profession: ensuring that everyone in the Chicago metropolitan area has equal access to justice, particularly the low-income and disadvantaged people who are in most critical need of the protections of the legal system. Through grants, advocacy, pro bono and partnerships, the CBF takes a system-wide approach to improving access to justice and focuses on those objectives that are best achieved by the legal community working together.
Serving justice, helping people
The American Bar Association (ABA) Fund for Justice and Education (FJE) was created in 1961, as the Fund for Public Education, to allow the ABA to solicit and accept tax-exempt gifts and grants in support of law-related public service and educational programs of the Association. The mission of the FJE is to improve the legal system through law-related public service and educational programs which promote quality in legal services, equal access to justice, better understanding of the law, and improvements in the justice system. Each year, the FJE supports nearly 200 ABA programs that are dedicated to improving the legal system and ensuring access to justice for all citizens.
Devoted exclusively to nutrition and dietetics
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation (formerly the American Dietetic Association Foundation) was established in 1966 and is the only charitable organization devoted exclusively to promoting good nutrition. ANDF exists as the philanthropic arm of the American Dietetic Association (ADA). ANDF's mission is to fund the future of the dietetics profession through research and education. ANDF focuses on three initiatives: scholarships, Healthy Weight for Kids and food and nutrition research.
An innovative and compelling center of contemporary art
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) strives to be an innovative and compelling center of contemporary art where the public can directly experience the work and ideas of living artists, and understand the historical, social, and cultural context of the art of our time. One of the nation's largest facilities devoted to the art of our time, the MCA offers exhibitions of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945. The MCA documents contemporary visual culture through painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, and performance. The MCA aspires to engage a broad and diverse audience, create a sense of community and be a place for contemplation, stimulation, and discussion about contemporary art and culture.
Inspiring the next generation of explorers
The Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum - America's First Planetarium - was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler. The museum is home to two full-size planetarium theaters, including the world's first all-digital projection Definiti Space Theater, the Sky Theater which utilizes a Zeiss optical projector, and the Universe 3D Theater. It is also home to one of the world's most important antique instrument collections. The Adler is a recognized leader in science education, with a focus on inspiring young people, particularly women and minorities, to pursue careers in science.
Creating opportunities for people of all ages to support, enjoy and explore the humanities
Established in 1989, The Chicago Humanities Festival's mission is to create opportunities for people of all ages to support, enjoy and explore the humanities. We fulfill this mission through our annual festivals, the fall Chicago Humanities Festival and the spring Stages, Sights & Sounds, and by presenting programs throughout the year that encourage the study and enjoyment of the humanities. The Chicago Humanities Festival is devoted to making the humanities a vital and vibrant ingredient of daily life. We believe that access to cultural, artistic and educational opportunities is a necessary element for a healthy and robust civic environment. Tickets for most Fall Festival programs are $12 and many programs are free of charge to students and teachers.
Promoting personal freedom and prosperity in Illinois and America
A nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization, the Illinois Policy Institute's mission is to transform liberty principles into marketable policies that become law. The Institute's vision is for Illinois to be a beacon of prosperity that will shine across the Midwest and the nation. To achieve these goals, the Institute generates marketable policy solutions to unleash Illinois' talent and entrepreneurial ability.
The Community College Project
One Million Degrees empowers low-income, highly motivated community college students to succeed in school, in work, and in life. Formerly the Illinois Education Foundation, One Million Degrees was founded in 2006 by a group of social entrepreneurs who understood the specific challenges facing a uniquely overlooked student population - community college students. One Million Degrees believes that when given a solid system of support, every student has the ability to reach his or her full personal and professional potential.
Fostering sound nutrition and good physical activity in children, youth, and schools
Founded in 2002, Action for Healthy Kids is a public-private partnership of more than 60 national organizations and government agencies representing education, health, fitness and nutrition. We address the epidemic of overweight, sedentary, and undernourished youth by focusing on changes in schools to improve nutrition and increase physical activity. We work to engage diverse organizations, leaders, and volunteers in actions that foster sound nutrition and good physical activity in children, youth, and schools. Action for Healthy Kids envisions a world where all kids develop the lifelong habits necessary to promote health and learning.
Shaping the future by making a difference in the lives of children and youth through musical expression.
Founded in 1956 during the height of the Civil Rights Movement,Chicago Children's Choir is a nonprofit organization committed to peacefully uniting a diverse world through education, musical expression and excellence.Serving more than 4,300 children annually, Chicago Children's Choir empowers singers to bridge cultural divides and become ambassadors of peace in their communities. With programs in 79 Chicago schools, 10 after-school neighborhood programs, an ensemble for boys with changing voices and the internationally-acclaimed Voice of Chicago, the diversity of Chicago Children's Choir reflects the cultural landscape of the city.
Protecting civil rights for all people.
The mission of the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. is to promote and protect civil rights, particularly the rights of poor, minority, and disadvantaged people in order to facilitate their participation in the social, economic, and political systems of our nation. We pursue impact litigation that combats discrimination on a macro level, leverage volunteers to respond to individual cases of discrimination, and provide training to the private Bar to assist them in practicing law for the public good. The Chicago Lawyers' Committee does far more than defend individuals' civil rights. We defend the civil rights of groups of people whose rights are most likely to be threatened, while also teaching others to be allies to our cause.
Democracy is a verb!
Mikva Challenge develops youth to be informed, empowered, and active citizens and community leaders. We do this by engaging youth in action civics, an authentic and transformative learning process built on youth voice and youth expertise. We help low-income Chicago youth become meaningful actors in politics and, by doing so, we honor the Mikvas' decades of inspiring young adults to embark on careers in public service and politics. Since 2000, Mikva Challenge has trained over 40,000 young people through our elections, activism and policymaking programs. Through the Mikva process, young people connect with peers, adults and political issues, strategize about how to win their issue or campaign and take action to become real political participants.
Giving the poor a working chance
Founded in 1971, Opportunity International provides small business loans, savings, insurance and training to people living in poverty in the developing world. Clients in over 25 countries use these financial services to start or expand a business, develop a steady income, provide for their families and create jobs for their neighbors. When clients build businesses with Opportunity loans, they often set into motion monumental changes. Family income rises. Children are well fed and go to school. Homes are improved. Women gain status. For clients around the globe, these transformations take place every day - beginning with loans as small as $60.
Connecting and Supporting Philanthropists
Global Philanthropy Partnership serves as a strategic resource to promote international giving and raise awareness of global development issues including sustainability. Global Philanthropy Partnership strives to support a better understanding of this field through conducting original research, developing a network of organizations that promote philanthropy, and connecting philanthropists and potential philanthropists so they can share interests and best practices.
College graduation. Period.
OneGoal, founded in 2003, exists to provide urban students with the resources, support, and network to enroll in and graduate from four-year colleges. As the nation's only teacher-led college persistence organization, the organization identifies, trains, and supports highly effective teachers to guide underperforming students in low-income high schools toward success in college and beyond. In fulfilling its mission, the organization provides comprehensive, program-based fellowships to teams of students.
Advancing the care of hand and upper extremity disorders
The American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand was founded by the Council of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand in February of 1986. The purposes for creating the Foundation were to address the rising expense of providing Continuing Medical Education (CME) and allow the Hand Society to remain committed to its mission of providing continuing education. The mission of the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand is to advance the care of hand and upper extremity disorders by supporting education, research and outreach through the efficient collection of donations and administration of grants.
Improving quality educational opportunities for children by strengthening charter school authorizing
The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) works to increase and improve quality educational opportunities for children by strengthening charter school authorizing. Our vision is that all children will have access to public schools that prepare them for success in life. We focus on authorizers, the legal entities doing the work of authorizing. They decide who can start a new charter school, set expectations and oversee school performance, and decide which schools should continue to serve students or not. Depending on state law, authorizers can be school districts, education agencies, independent boards, universities, mayors and municipalities, and not-for-profits. Over 1,000 authorizers in 44 states (43 plus the District of Columbia) with charter laws are on the forefront of creating the next generation of public schools, helping translate charter school ideas into solid realities for millions of children. The schools they oversee are both more nimble and more accountable, built on the premise that it is a privilege to educate America's children. Since its founding, NACSA has grown into an organization with 30 staff and 175 member organizations representing more than 1,200 professionals.
We imagine a world without Pulmonary Fibrosis
Founded in 2000 by brothers Albert Rose and Michael Rosenzweig, PhD, the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation is dedicated to identifying effective PF treatments and assisting those living with the disease. The mission of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation is to serve as the trusted resource for the pulmonary fibrosis community by raising awareness and providing disease education. By actively engaging the PF community, the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation has developed essential programs available to those living and working with pulmonary fibrosis. We are proud to serve as the leading patient advocacy organization of pulmonary fibrosis and are committed to funding research to find effective therapies and, hopefully one day, a cure.
Working to advance research for more treatments and ultimately find cure for dystonia
The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) was founded in 1976. Dystonia is a movement disorder that causes the muscles to contract and spasm involuntarily. The mission of the DMRF is to advance research for more treatments and ultimately a cure; to promote awareness and education; and to support the needs and well being of affected individuals and families. Dedicated to serving the needs of all persons affected with dystonia and their families, the DMRF has grown from a small family-based foundation to a membership-driven organization of approximately 38,000 persons.