There are partnerships that make sense for your organization that are usually driven by the desire to maximize exposure, resources and financial profits. And then there are partnerships that are driven by the needs of the community. Oftentimes, these are connections whose profits cannot be measured on a numeric scale, but rather by the positive effects they have on the community and, more importantly, on the lives they affect. To that end, we take a great deal of pride in our community partnerships and recognize the supreme importance of giving back.
While we respect, support, and encourage all associations with the pursuit of bettering the lives of our peers, we have a deep attachment to our roots here in Chicago. A community rich with diversity, culture, and history, we strive to preserve these attributes that make Chicagoland the place we proudly love to call home. If you are an organization within our Chicago neighborhoods or surrounding areas, please reach out to us for partnerships, volunteers, or any involvement that may help with community outreach. We would love to hear from you!
Our team actively supports the following organizations:
Founded in 1985 by community activists and physicians, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago is a local and national leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS. It collaborates with community organizations to develop and improve HIV/AIDS services, fund and coordinate prevention, care and advocacy projects, and champion effective, compassionate HIV/AIDS policy.
Together with its millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society (ACS) saves lives and creates a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.
Since 1899, The Anti-Cruelty Society has been committed to serving the needs of companion animals and the humans who care for and about them. In addition to receiving and caring for thousands of animals each year, it provides a wide variety of services and resources, including an adoption program, a low-cost spay/neuter clinic, a rehabilitation and treatment center, a low-income clinic, humane education/community outreach, cruelty and abuse investigations, rescue, and more.
Aspiritech is a non-profit organization, headquartered in metropolitan Chicago, that provides meaningful employment opportunities to individuals with Asperger's syndrome and high functioning autism (HFA).
For those who want an alternative to donating physical supplies, Back to School Illinois will use your donation to provide families with the goodies they need to start the school year. According to B2SI, in 2018 the organization distributed more than 1 million supplies to 35,233 families.
For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country.
Catholic Charities fulfills the Church's role in the mission of charity to anyone in need by providing compassionate, competent and professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families and communities based on the value and dignity of human life.
Through its vision and dedication, Center on Halsted became a reality in 2007, bringing a wide array of LGBT organizations and resources in Chicago together to collaborate, share resources and extend their reach. The Center serves as a catalyst for the LGBT community that links and provides community resources and enriches life experiences.
With more than 150 singing members backed by a small army of volunteers, the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus (CGMC) delivers a distinctive brand of entertainment that keeps its audience coming back again and again. CGMC's members log thousands of hours annually to accomplish an ambitious schedule of performances, fundraisers and charitable appearances.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is a musical force in Chicago and around the world with more than 109 talented musicians, internationally renowned conductors, two award-winning composers-in-residence and more than 150 performances and events each year.
Chicago Tribune Charities is committed to helping those less fortunate in our community improve their lives and become self-sufficient. With the generous support of donors, grants are made to qualified nonprofit organizations with programs that focus on childhood education, adult literacy, job training, and child abuse prevention and treatment.
Children's Memorial Hospital's (CMH) vision is inspired by the courage of children and families. It is sustained by the extraordinary contributions of compassionate, knowledgeable and dedicated staff and volunteers, and built upon a strong tradition started in 1882 of providing unsurpassed health care for children.
Critical Mass is a bike ride, plain and simple. The ride takes place on the last Friday of every month (in Chicago anyway). Critical Mass is open to all, and it welcomes all riders to join in a celebration of riding bicycles. Why? Because bikes are fun!
Through donorschoose.org, teachers can start fundraisers for specific classroom projects for which they need funding, such as more flexible furniture, new headphones or additional books. Sort by project type, amount of money needed or grade level to find your perfect philanthropic fit.
The Greater Chicago Food Depository is Chicago’s food bank. We provide food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. The Food Depository is part of a united community effort working to bring food, dignity and hope to our Cook County neighbors. We act as the hub for a network of more than 700 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other programs. These programs provide food where it’s most needed. We also address the root causes of hunger. Public benefits outreach and job training programs offer a hand up for our neighbors to overcome poverty. As the face of hunger in our community has changed, the Food Depository has evolved. Our programs address the specific needs of diverse groups, including children, older adults and veterans. By taking hunger off the table, we enable families to focus on other priorities, like education, growth and security. We enable communities to face their challenges with confidence. Today and in the long term, providing nutritious food is an investment in health and hope for our neighbors and our community. Learn more about how we make an impact on hunger every day. The Food Depository is a member of Feeding America, the national network of food banks.
Harold Washington Elementary School is a neighborhood Chicago public school serving pre-k through 8th grade. Harold Washington Elementary is driven by a mission to form the whole child through scholarship, citizenship, personal integrity, safety and physical skill.
Heifer's mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth. By giving families gifts of livestock and training, the organization gives families a hand-up, not just a hand-out, and empowers them to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope.
The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those who were lost and by teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice and indifference. The museum fulfills its mission through the exhibition, preservation and interpretation of its collections and through education programs and initiatives that foster the promotion of human rights and the elimination of genocide.
The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential and positivity their lives will reach if they can just get through their teen years. The It Gets Better Project wants to remind teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone and it WILL get better.
The Jewish United Fund (JUF)/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago is one of the largest not-for-profit social welfare institutions in Illinois and the central address of Chicago's Jewish community. JUF provides critical resources that bring food, refuge, health care, education and emergency assistance to 300,000 Chicagoans of all faiths and two million Jews around the world.
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. Founded by visionary teacher Robert Joffrey in 1956, The Joffrey Ballet has become one of the most revered and recognizable arts organizations in America and one of the top dance companies in the world.
For more than 30 years, Legal Council for Health Justice has empowered individuals and communities, using the power of the law to secure dignity, opportunity, and well-being for all. Your support provides hope and stability for children and adults living with life-changing health conditions.
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.
For more than 50 years, the McCormick Foundation has been serving the needs of our children, communities and country. As one of the nation’s largest public charities, it has granted more than $1 billion to organizations in local communities across the country.
Mercy Home for boys and girls is a long-term residential home for troubled and hurting young men and women, ages 11 to 21. Its mission is to give children in need a safe place to live and realize their full potential.
The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) Chicago Chapter is a fellowship of men who have achieved the Eagle Scout rank and desire to use their talents, efforts and influence toward forming the kind of young men America needs for leadership. NESA Chicago seeks to fulfill this mission by serving the adult NESA members through professional networking and events, and the youth members through motivation, mentoring and career search.
The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now, to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn't.
The Night Ministry connects with Chicago's vulnerable youth and adults, providing basic supplies, self-care supplies, free health care, housing and supportive services for youth, referrals to other resources and more. It offers services at the moment of need on the street, through a mobile health bus, its shelter and supportive services programs for homeless youth.
Founded in 1900, Off The Street Club is Chicago’s oldest boys and girls club. We currently serve more than 3,000 kids in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the country, West Garfield Park. We are grateful to all our supporters, including the Chicago advertising, marketing and media community. We are a place where kids can truly find hope. Every child seeking a safe place to go is welcome to join us for games, play and mentorship.
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 more than 50 percent.
The Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative (PACPI) was established in 2000 by Pediatric AIDS Chicago to help eliminate the transmission of HIV/AIDS from mother to child. PACPI is a collaborative enterprise that brings together public and private institutions and community-based organizations into a coordinated continuum of primary and secondary prevention and care to achieve its goal, the elimination of pediatric AIDS in Illinois.
The Special Education District of Lake County, more commonly known as SEDOL, is a special education cooperative organized in 1960 under the provisions of The Illinois School Code. The purpose of the joint agreement is to provide cooperative program planning, instructional programs, related services and professional staff development in order to assure an appropriate education for children with disabilities from birth through age 22, residing within the boundaries of SEDOL’s 35 member school districts.
For more than 25 years, Starlight Children’s Foundation has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses and life-altering injuries by providing entertainment, education and family activities that help them cope with the pain, fear and isolation of prolonged illness.
The AIDS Legal Council of Chicago is an organization devoted solely to providing a full spectrum of sensitive, quality legal services to financially needy people affected by HIV. The Council's mission is to see that people with HIV/AIDS in the Chicago area received the full benefits of their rights under the law.
The United Childrens' League was formed to further the following purposes: To provide health, welfare and development assistance to children. To provide educational and cultural enrichment programming and services to children. To advocate and provide opportunities for children to be exposed to culturally-erniching experiences in the performing arts appropriate for children. To provide educational programming to children in areas of public safety, drug and alcohol awareness, nutrition and environmental issues. To partner with and raise funds to support other tax-exempt, charitable and similar organizations to support the health and welfare of children.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) is the United States' official memorial to the Holocaust. Adjacent to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the USHMM provides for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history.
United Way envisions a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives. United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good.