2016 NonProfit Guide

By: Dave Hamilton December 13, 2016

Access Living

115 W. Chicago Ave.

Chicago, IL  60654

312-640-2100 voice

312-640-2102 TTY


President and CEO: Marca Bristo, President & CEO, 312-640-2107, mbristo@accessliving.org

Mission: Access Living is a change agent committed to fostering an inclusive society that enables Chicagoans with disabilities to live fully-engaged and self-directed lives. Access Living focuses on programs and services that increase physical and programmatic access to opportunities that enable people with disabilities to pursue independent and satisfying life styles.

Budget: $ 5,012,753

Key Campaigns / Projects: In 2016, Access Living launched the Disability Inclusion Institute, designed to equip corporations and organizations with cultural competency tools to support environments that allow people with disabilities to participate and succeed.  Access Living also launched the READY Program to help students with disabilities bridge the gap from high school to higher education and employment

Upcoming Fundraisers and Events: Spring 2017:  The Access Living Annual Gala in the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier is the yearly fundraiser to  build support for Access Living Programs and to present the “Lead On!” Award to individuals and organizations that make significant contributions to the independence of people with disabilities.



Haley Marceau Taylor; Manager, Development & Communications; hmarceau@accionchicago.org; (312) 924-2154

Executive Director: Jonathan Brereton; jbrereton@accionchicago.org; (312) 924-2190

Mission statement: Accion Chicago helps communities grow by investing in entrepreneurs who build businesses and generate jobs in their neighborhoods. We provide the tools necessary for individuals to create and expand small business regardless of their backgrounds and other barriers of obtaining credit. Accion provides customized capital solutions and one-on-one coaching to aspiring entrepreneurs in Illinois and Northwest Indiana.

Key campaigns/events: Each year we provide 10+ workshops and coaching events for entrepreneurs planning to start or grow their business. These free events are held across our entire service area. Learn more at www.accionchicago.org/events

Upcoming fundraisers/events : There are no upcoming fundraisers, but we do have an upcoming event in Aurora, IL to teach entrepreneurs how to start or grow their business: www.accionchicago.org/aurora16




All Chicago Making Homelessness History

651 W. Washington, Suite 504

Chicago, IL 60661

Telephone: 312.379.0301

E-mail: info@allchicago.org

Fax: 312.379.0304

Nonie Brennan, Chief Executive Officer Phone: 312.379.0301 x 13 E-mail: nbrennan@allchicago.org

Mission statement: All Chicago effectively combines immediate resources with long term strategies to address the complex issue of homelessness.

Annual budget & key campaigns/events: All Chicago has an annual operating budget of approximately $6.5 million and relies on a combination of government funding and private philanthropy to support its annual programs and operations. Each year, 75% of the annual budget is funded through government contracts and 25% percent from the generosity of donors.

Upcoming fundraisers/events: All Chicago has two signature events that bring together stakeholders who are working to prevent and end homelessness in Chicago. Breakfast with the Mayor in November 2016: All Chicago unites community partners active in Chicago’s efforts to prevent and end homelessness at its annual Breakfast with the Mayor. Handbags for Homes in Spring 2017: Handbags for Homes is an event for Chicago’s professionals to network and have fun while helping to end homelessness in Chicago.



After School Matters

66 E. Randolph St.

Chicago, IL 60601


Executive Director: Mary Ellen Caron, PhD; info@afterschoolmatters.org; 312.742.4182

Mission: After School Matters provides Chicago high school teens with life-changing opportunities to explore and develop their talents, while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond.

Annual Budget & Key Campaigns: This past year, After School Matters reached nearly 16,000 teens through 1,200 after-school and summer programs in neighborhoods throughout the city. While we provided 23,000 unique program opportunities across three sessions (summer, fall, and spring), we received more than 40,000 applications. We need your help to close this opportunity gap.

Fundraiser / Events: Support our teens at "Shop, Jingle & Mingle" on December 14 (After School Matters Gift Shop - 66 E. Randolph St.). Find unique teen-made items, and enjoy treats and teen entertainment!


ArtReach Chicago

4401 N. Ravenswood Ave./

1123 W. Roosevelt Road

Email : info@artreachchicago.org

Phone :  (773) 907- 0841

Executive Director: Karen Reyes

Mission statement: ArtReach empowers and connects people through the practice of visual arts.  ArtReach achieves this mission by providing mobile and studio access to under-served Chicagoans of all ages. Through mobile community programs, in-school residencies, afterschool programs and field trips, ArtReach extends access to high quality arts tools, professionals, and spaces throughout the city. In our firehouse community art studio, we provide a safe space for diverse individuals to develop art skills as well as studio management or teaching experience.

Annual budget & key campaigns/events: We ask for a donation of $18 in honor of the Firehouse Art Studio and its previous life as Engine 18 (born in 1873)! Help us honor the Firehouse’s legacy of serving the community by helping us continue to provide FIRE arts (glass and ceramics) programming to under-served Chicagoans of all ages! 

Donate at artreachchicago.org/give

Annual Budget: $250,000!



Instagram – @artreachchicago

Twitter - @artreachchicago


A Safe Haven

2750 W Roosevelt Road

Chicago, IL 60608 

773-435-8300, info@ASafeHaven.org; volunteer@asafehaven.org; call 773-435-8386 for volunteer opportunities.

President: Neli Vazquez Rowland, neli@asafehaven.org, 773-435-8300

Mission statement: A Safe Haven Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not for profit, social enterprise that helps people aspire, transform and sustain their lives as they transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and purpose. A Safe Haven provides the tools for each individual to overcome the root causes of homelessness through a holistic, scalable model. A Safe Haven’s visible social and economic impact unites families, stabilizes neighborhoods, and creates vibrant, viable communities.

Annual budget:  $17,600,000.

Key campaigns$50,000 Goal for New Homeless Shelter Kitchen Equipment. Fund the Need: A Safe Haven serves 1,200 meals a day and we are in need of new kitchen equipment so that we can continue serving our clients healthy hot meals. To Donate for Kitchen Equipment or other, please give online or via mail: www.asafehaven.org/donate/

Upcoming fundraisers/events: July, 2017 (TBD) Annual 5K Run! To End Homelessness; August 2017 (TBD) Golf! To End Homelessness, November, 2017 (TBD) Gala, for updates, sponsorship & registration info, please visit: www.ASafeHaven.org/events


Twitter: A_Safe_Haven


Best Buddies

Mission: To establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

I’m in to Hire- Seeking employers looking to hire skilled and qualified individuals with IDD for integrated employment. With the ongoing support and training from our employment consultants we will help foster a positive employment experience.

Events: Best Buddies hosts two Friendship Walks a year, open to the public. Anyone who fundraises or donates $50 will receive the official friendship walk T-shirt. Additionally, we are always looking for runners to support and promote our mission through Chicago Marathon team.

Director of Opporations: Tim Dale, TimDale@bestbuddies.org, 312.828.9313 bestbuddies.org


The Cara Program

237 S. Desplaines,

Chicago, IL 60661




Maria Kim, President & CEO, Mkim@thecaraprogram.org, (312)798-3319

Mission Statement: Cara 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 last success.

Budget: $6,196,649

Upcoming Events: Annual Gala- Friday, March 31, 2017; Cara Golf Classic- June 2017



Care for Friends

530 Fullerton Parkway, Chicago, ILL 60614

Gary Kenzer, Executive Director; Gary@CareForFriends.org773 932 1010

Mission Statement:Care for Friends provides easy access to community, food and overall wellness for Chicago’s most vulnerable and under-served people, in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. Through our programs, Care for Friends successfully connects people with community resources to enable them to achieve a better quality of life. 

Annual Budget: $140.000 budget.


Health Care for Friends: ongoing Third Saturday, last Monday each month 10:30 am to 11:45 am

Upcoming Fundraisers/events: January 2017: Homeless Sleepout 2017 January 27th, 2017; September 2017 Fall Community Awards Fundraiser; October to November 2017: Winter Coat Drive Collection and Give Away.






Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago

Mission: 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.

Annual budget:  $220 million

Key campaigns: We assist nearly 1 million people throughout Cook and Lake counties on their journey to self-sufficiency without regard to their ethnic, religious or economic background, providing child care and education, shelter, food services, employment training, counseling, senior housing, home delivered meals, in-home care, veteran housing, and supportive services.

Contact information: Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, 721 N. LaSalle St. Chicago, IL 60654; 312.655.7700



Monsignor Michael M. Boland, President and CEO

Upcoming fundraisers/events: Spirit of St. Nicholas Ball, December 2, Hilton Hotel & Towers; D’Vine Affair Wine Tasting, January 29, Union League Club of Chicago; Legal Lifelines, April 6, Union League Club of Chicago



Center for Changing Lives

Center for Changing Lives (CCL) is a small agency making a big impact. We partner with those held back by lack of resources and economic opportunity to uncover possibilities, overcome barriers, and realize their potential. CCL offers financial, employment, and resource development coaching designed to support clients on their specific self-identified goals.

CCL is located at 1955 North St. Louis Ave, #101 Chicago, IL 60647. Those interested in learning more about CCL can contact the Resource & Connection Coordinator, Kayla Villalobos at 773-342-6210, ext. 251 or at kayla@cclconnect.org.

This year, CCL has planted seeds of change through our Computer User Support Bridge Training Program, our Resource Up! revamp, and though the pilot of the Early Childhood Education Financial Coaching (ECE) Program. ECE provides financial coaching to parents and childcare providers that serves to support adults with their financial goals while simultaneously building positive money associations and habits in children.

On December 6, CCL will have its first Resource Up! Mixer, a chance for participants of Resource Up! to meet face-to-face and network with each other. And mark your calendars for our 14th annual Gala on Aug. 25, 2017!






Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT)

2125 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL 60647; 773-278-4800;


Dr. Erin Grossi, CEO, 773-269-4030, erin@cnt.org

Mission statement: The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT)’s mission is to build more livable and sustainable urban communities. CNT fulfills this mission by delivering game-changing research, data tools and solutions, and on-the-ground demonstrations to address environmental and social challenges and make advocacy successful in Chicago’s neighborhoods and across the country.

Annual budget & key campaigns/events: CNT’s budget of $3M drives impact in the areas of climate resilience, urban economic development, and analytics to support healthy and thriving communities. CNT’s Civic Tech programming includes an Urban Sustainability Apps Competition; RainReadySM works in the city to address stormwater flooding; and equitable transit-oriented development work strives to keep Chicago affordable and accessible for all residents.

Upcoming fundraisers/events: The 2017 Sustain-a-City Celebration will be on June 15, 2017 at Studio Xfinity in Chicago.



Twitter: @CNT_Tweets


Centro Romano

Centro Romero is a community-based not-for-profit organization that serves the communities of Edgewater, Rogers Park, and Uptown on the northeast side of Chicago. From volunteer efforts of Salvadoran immigrants arriving in the city in the early 1980s, Centro Romero was founded in 1984 to meet the needs of the rapidly increasing Latino immigrant and refugee populations.

Executive Director: Daysi J. Funes – 773.508.5300

Mission statement: The mission of Centro Romero is to empower those with the fewest options in the immigrant and refugee community by developing and strengthening the family unit, fostering community leadership and providing quality social and adjustment services.

Annual budget & key campaigns/events: With revisions, our budget is $1.1m for 2016.  With the Illinois state budget impasse, 2015-2016 was very hard with budget layoffs, department closures, and reliance on private funding vs. public funds.

Upcoming fundraisers/events: Nov. 22, Fall Mole Contest for Adult Education department





Chicago Cares

2 N. Riverside Plaza Suite 1800 Chicago,IL 60606;

P: 312.780.0800; F: 312.780.0801 E-mail: info@chicagocares.org

Executive Director: Jenné Myers, 312.780.0800,


Mission statement: Chicago Cares mobilizes volunteers to build a stronger, more unified Chicago.

Annual budget & key campaigns/events: Chicago Cares organizes the city’s largest day of volunteering, Serve-a-thon, every June. This year, it drew nearly 5,000 volunteer registrants.

At Find your Cause, Chicago Cares hosts 50 community-based organizations and invites the city’s young professionals to learn firsthand about volunteer and auxiliary/associate board positions. It’s a unique opportunity to network, and gain an understanding of how you can lend your energy, creativity and leadership to deserving nonprofits.

Upcoming fundraisers/events: Each year, we come together at our Cheers to Our Volunteers event to celebrate our volunteers, leaders, community partners, and corporate partners. This is our chance to say thank you for building a stronger Chicago through your commitment to the children, seniors, adults, and environment of our city.



Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

70 E. Lake St.,

Suite 720, Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: (312) 641-4140

Twitter: @ChiHomeless

Instagram: chicagohomeless

Doug Schenkelberg,

Executive Director


Mission statement: Since 1980, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) organizes and advocates to prevent and to end homelessness, because we believe housing is a human right in a just society.

Key campaigns/projects: Policy specialists, organizers, and attorneys advocate with families, youth, ex-offenders and low-wage workers. Shelter outreach and a mobile legal aid clinic for youth reach 8,000 people/year. Projects include the HomeWorks campaign, Re-Entry Project, Speakers Bureau, and No Youth Alone. A $2.7 million budget is funded by donations and foundation grants.



Chicago HOPES for Kids

641 W. Lake St., Suite 200

Chicago, IL 60661;


Programs take place in shelters in the Uptown, Lakeview, Austin, and South Shore areas of Chicago.

Executive Director:  Patricia Rivera, LCSW; Phone # 312-690-4240; email:  patricia@chicagohopesforkids.org

Mission statement: Chicago HOPES for Kids provides homework help, literacy support, and enrichment programs to children grades K-5 living in Chicago’s homeless shelters.  With the help of trained volunteers, we strive to provide students with the resources necessary to succeed academically and to break the cycle of homelessness that threatens their futures.

Annual budget & key campaigns/event: FY 2016 - $165,000; Our key campaign is our Annual Appeal in November/December 2016. 

Upcoming fundraisers/events: Our fundraising events include an Annual Brunch at Inspiration Kitchens on May 20, 2107, and a Children’s Art Show in November 2017.


To become a volunteer, visit our website and fill out the volunteer application on our volunteer page.


Chicago Lights

chicagolights@fourthchurch.org, 312.787.4570





Stacy Jackson, Executive Director; sjackson@chicagolights.org; 312.981.3562

Mission Statement: Chicago Lights provides hope and opportunity to our city’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.

Annual Budget: $2,172,084

Upcoming Fundraisers/Events: Gala of Hope, signature annual gala, Feb. 24, 2017, Hyatt Regency Chicago (151 E. Upper Wacker Dr.) Highlights of the premier evening include a cocktail hour, three-course seated dinner, live music and dancing provided by the Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra, a mystery wine sale, prize drawings, and silent and live auctions featuring unique experiences, getaways, entertainment, and more.


Chicago Shares

Mission: Chicago Shares is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide a means for individuals, agencies, communities, corporations, and retail merchants to collaborate in helping hungry people. Chicago Shares, founded in 1993, administers a food voucher program that provides a way for citizens and visitors to help those in need in a safe and convenient fashion.

Key Campaigns: Staffed entirely by volunteers, Chicago Shares sells the vouchers (known as “Shares”) through churches, other organizations and online. Purchasers distribute these Shares to those in need. Cooperating merchants redeem the Shares for food/necessities (but never for alcohol or tobacco) and are reimbursed fully for each Share, valued at $1.

At the end of each year, funds remaining from non-redeemed Shares are donated to organizations with similar missions. In 2016, Chicago Shares distributed $15,000 of excess funds among organizations with a similar mission to Chicago Shares.

Chicago Shares is currently seeking to increase its base of participating merchants to enable a wider range of options for Chicago’s urban poor.

Upcoming Events: Chicago Shares are regularly sold at area churches and online. Visit www.chicagoshares.org for participants and to order.

Annual Budget: $48,000

Contact: 730 N. Wabash Ave.

Chicago, IL 60611; 312-573-4494;


Executive Director: Julie Stagliano; jwstagliano@gmail.com



8765 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 450 Chicago, IL 60631,

nfo@childserv.org; (773) 693-0300

President and CEO – Dan Kotow-ski, dkotowski@childserv.org

Mission statement: Helping Chicagoland’s children and their families to build, achieve and sustain better lives.

Annual budget: $11 million

Upcoming fundraisers/events: Sunday, March 5, 2017 – Lake Bluff Children’s Home Historical Banquet celebrates ChildServ’s legacy of building better lives for children at risk in Chicago.




Community Health


Judith Haasis, Executive Director ; jhaasis@communityhealth.org

Mission statement: The mission of CommunityHealth is to serve those without essential health care. We provide free, comprehensive health care to low-income, uninsured adults in the Chicago area.

Annual budget & key campaigns/events: CommunityHealth’s annual budget is $3 million. Our All In Chicago campaign brings together constituents of all types to identify strategies to ensure access to health care for every Chicagoan.

Upcoming fundraisers/events: CommunityHealth’s Celebration of Care: April 6, 2017



Community Shares of Illinois

Executive Director - Linda Moses (312) 994-5885, lmoses@cs-il.org

Mission: We are a network of nonprofit organizations created to connect, fund, and raise awareness for community groups that focus on long-term solutions to social problems. We support organizations working to improve local communities and we connect donors with opportunities to create change.

Annual budget: $500,000

Key Campaigns: Our employee/workplace donation program, the Combined Charities Campaign, gives working people in Illinois the easiest and best opportunity to support charitable organizations through payroll contribution.



Connections for the Homeless

847-475-7070, connections@cfthinc.org

Executive Director: Betty A. Bogg, bbogg@cfthinc.org, 847-475-7070

Mission statement: Connections provides housing, employment, and supportive services to move individuals and families out of the shadow of homelessness. We prevent people from losing their homes, re-house those who are homeless, and help each person to reach the greatest possible level of self-sufficiency.

Annual budget & key campaigns/events: Annual budget: $2,744,422; Our most recent event was an awareness-building campaign called “Love Don’t Pay the Rent” about the need for more affordable housing. We hold a fundraising luncheon each fall, this year featuring Luke Shaefer, author of $2.00 a Day, Living on Almost Nothing in America. We also have an annual spring gala.

Upcoming fundraisers/events: You can join our $2 a Day Club any time at www.connect2home.org and provide year-round support to help people come inside to stable housing.



Cornerstone Community Outreach


Sandra Ramsey, Executive Director; 773.506.6296  ext.14

Mission statement: Addressing Homelessness, Providing Shelter, Accepting People, Finding Home.

Upcoming fundraisers/events: Consider making a donation that will make the Holiday Season bright for the families and at CCO!






Deborah’s Place

2822 W. Jackson Blvd.,

Chicago, IL 60612,

p: 773-722-5080, f: 773-722-5081


CEO: Audrey Thomas

Mission: 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.

Annual Budget: $4.2 million.

We are the largest provider of permanent supportive housing for unaccompanied women who are homeless in Chicago. We provide housing at three locations – East Garfield Park, Old Town and Lake-view – and we house more than 60 women in community-based units around the city. Our housing and support services serve more than 320 women a year.

Calendar of events: Annual Chili Cook-Off, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, 2 – 5 p.m., 2822 W. Jackson Blvd., Opening Doors Benefit, Thursday, May 11, 2017, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m., Venue One, 1034 W. Randolph St.






East Village Youth Program

3643 W. Belmont Ave.

Chicago, IL 60618


p: 312-275-0440, f: 312-275-0441

Executive Director: Stephanie E. Baki, sbaki@evyp.org, 312-275-0440 x 1

Mission Statement: East Village Youth Program prepares Chicago students to become first generation college graduates. Through comprehensive programming, EVYP provides students with the tools they need to become successful young adults. EVYP will establish a tradition of college graduation for Chicago students.

Annual budget: $264,125

Save the date for our upcoming fundraisers: February 21 – Evening of Revolution at Revolution Brewing, May 18 – EVYP’s Spring Soiree


Eastland Disaster Historical Society

PO Box 2013, Arlington Heights, IL 60006, 1-844-724-1915




Twitter.com/EastlandDisastr **


Pinterest.com/EastlandDisastr **

**Important note: The Twitter and Pinterest names above both have a limit of 15 characters, and therefore they do NOT contain the letter E in disastr.

Executive Director: Ted Wachholz

Email: info@EastlandDisaster.org

Mission statement: EDHS passionately preserves and shares the stories of the thousands of ordinary people whose legacies were altered or cut short by the Eastland Disaster, connecting people today to those personal stories and the history of the tragedy.

Annual budget & key campaigns/events: With a budget of but $15,000 annually, EDHS is a volunteer-driven organization. Although small, it has achieved tremendous results over its nearly 20-years of dedicated operations, thereby rescuing the history of Chicago's greatest loss-of-life tragedy from obscurity. Its outreach efforts include public programs in communities throughout the Midwest, and it hosts the annual commemoration event at the Chicago River where the Eastland claimed the lives of 844 people over 100 years ago. Families from around the world who have direct personal connections to the tragedy work with EDHS to exchange information about their family's ancestors who were involved in the tragedy.

Upcoming fundraisers/events: Each year on or around July 24, EDHS hosts the event to commemorate the anniversary of the Eastland Disaster. This is not a fundraising event, but rather it serves to bring families together who have a personal connection to the tragedy and to inform the public about the history of the tragedy. Annual fundraising events are announced via EDHS's mailing list, website, and Facebook page.


8th Day Center for Justice

205 W. Monroe St, Suite 500

Chicago, IL 60606


JoAnne Harbert Bhati, Development Coordinator

Mission Statement: Impelled by the belief that all creation is sacred and interrelated; imbued with the principles of nonviolence, mutuality and cooperation, 8th Day Center for Justice, a coalition founded by Catholic religious congregations, acts as a critical alternative voice to oppressive systems and works to change those systems.

Annual budget: $532,000

Key issues: We work with several local coalitions on anti-racism, anti-militarism, anti-torture, immigrant rights, corporate responsibility, and environmental justice. We provide analysis, education and advocacy. We welcome others to get involved with us!

Events: Good Friday Walk for Justice, Lunch & Learn presentations, Evening Speaker Series, the Conscience Monologues



Facing Forward to End Homelessness

Mission: Facing Forward to End Homelessness ends homelessness for families, individuals, and veterans by offering home, help and hope. Facing Forward provides permanent housing, education, advocacy, and social services.

Annual Budget: $3.1 million, funded by private donors, foundations, public grants, and events such as our annual 3H social.

Executive Director: Rev. Douglas Bradshaw, doug@ffchicago.org, (773) 265-1207 ext. 225

Upcoming events: 3H Social, our 11th annual gala event.  May 18, 2017!

Contact: 642 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago, 60612; Phone: (773) 265-1207; f: (773) 265-1237; website: www.ffchicago.org; Twitter: @ff_chicago, Facebook: Facing-Forward-to-End-Homelessness, Instagram: facingforwardchicago



1645 W. LeMoyne St., Chicago, IL 60622

p: 773.278.6724, f: 773.278.7120

Executive Director: Ed Jacob – ed@franoutreach.org 773.278.6724x15

Mission Statement: The mission of Franciscan Outreach is to provide shelter, food and help in building a better life for our guests and to affirm the human dignity of people in need throughout the city of Chicago.

Annual budget & key campaigns/events: Franciscan Outreach’s annual budget is $2.3 million. We host two large fundraisers in both the spring and the fall. In 2016, our Spring Gala, which takes place in May, raised over $100,000, and Helpings of Hope, our annual premier tasting event, raised over $70,000 for Franciscan Outreach programs and guests. 

Upcoming fundraisers/events: The Franciscan Outreach Spring Gala will take place on May 18, 2017 at the Germania Place in Lincoln Park. We will focus on recognizing key partnerships with the presentation of the Franciscan Outreach Community Impact Award.





Gilda’s Club Chicago

Mission: Our mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community.

Providing more than 350 free activities per month, our innovative program is an essential complement to medical care. We offer social and emotional support for anyone – men, women, teens and children, as well as their family and friends – whose lives have been touched by any type of cancer. Support includes healthy lifestyle workshops, educational lectures, support and networking groups, social opportunities, and resource referrals. In addition to the Main Clubhouse in River North, Gilda’s Club Chicago also has programs at satellite hospital locations throughout Chicago.

Annual Budget: $1.8 million

Key Campaigns: For our members, we offer free social and emotional support starting with a Customized Membership Plan developed one-on-one with a licensed clinical professional. Our program utilizes healthy life-style workshops (yoga, tai chi, art, and meditation), educational lectures, support and networking groups (for people living with cancer, friends and family members, and those who have lost someone to cancer), social opportunities, and resource referrals. We also have a fully inclusive kids program called, Noogieland.

Upcoming Events: Look for our 2017 fundraiser dates at www.gildasclubchicago.org

LauraJane Hyde, CEO, Gilda’s Club Chicago, 312-464-9900, x115, laurajanehyde@gildasclubchicago.org

Contact: Gilda’s Club Chicago 537 N. Wells St., Chicago, 60654; Ph: 312-464-9900, Website: www.gildasclubchicago.org, Facebook: www.facebook.com/GildasClubCHI, Twitter: @GildasClubCHI


Global Explorers Kids


Facebook: www.facebook.com/globalexplorerskids

email: info@globalexplorerskids.org

phone: 773-491-2723

Director: Holly Hutto

Mission: Global Explorers Kids is dedicated to providing children with the opportunity to explore the diversity of the world’s peoples and helping them to understand and respect different cultures, using the arts as a catalyst towards learning. Through after school programs, in-school residencies, summer camp, and community workshops, it brings programs to children throughout Chicago.

Global Explorers Kids operates on a cash budget of approximately $30,000.

Fundraiser: Global Explorers Kids is conducting an individual donor campaign to help bring free programming to the preschools they serve in Chicago’s Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood. The goal is to raise $4,000 to bring year-round arts and cultural/ world awareness programs to 60 preschoolers.


Goodman Theatre

Ramsey Carey, RamseyCarey@GoodmanTheatre.org, 312.443.5569

Executive Director: Roche Schulfer, 312.443.3800

America’s “Best Regional Theatre” (Time magazine) and Chicago’s premier not-for-profit theater, Dedicated to new plays, reimagined classics and large-scale musical theater works, Goodman Theatre artists and productions have earned hundreds of awards for artistic excellence. The 2016 opening of the Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement (“the Alice”) launched the next phase in the Goodman’s decades-long commitment as an arts and community organization dedicated to educating Chicago youth and promoting lifelong learning. Eighty-five percent of the Goodman’s free youth program participants come from underserved communities.

Twitter (@GoodmanTheatre), Facebook and Instagram.

Fundraisers/Events: Share the Joy Day, Saturday, November 19.

7th annual event is when U.S. military service members, first responders and community organizations committed to bettering Chicago are invited to enjoy "A Christmas Carol."

Cocktails with a Twist, Tuesday, December 6, join the Goodman Theatre Scenemakers Board for their annual Cocktails with a Twist, a fundraiser for new play development! Tickets are $70.

Goodman Gala, Saturday, May 20, 2017 Goodman Theatre’s annual black tie Gala will be at the Fairmont Chicago.



Green Star Movement

1200 W 35th St, Chicago IL 60609




Twitter: @greenstarmvmt

Founder and CEO: Kamelia Hristeva

Mission statement: Green Star Movement inspires students and community members through the creation of public art.

Details: Since our founding in 2005, Green Star Movement has provided more than 7,000 students with mural arts programming and successfully transformed the interiors and exteriors of over 60 public spaces, including schools, parks, community centers and underpasses. By involving youth and community members in the design and installation of public art, Green Star Movement goes beyond inspiring passion for the arts by giving participants and their communities ownership over the art.

Contact us about group volunteer opportunities to help with spring and summer mural installations by emailing volunteer@greenstarmovement.org


Growing Home, Inc.

2732 N. Clark St. Ste. 310, Chicago, IL 60614, 773-549-1336, info@growinghome

April Harrington, Development Director, aharrington@growinghomeinc.org, 773-549-1336

Harry Rhodes, Executive Director, hrhodes@growinghomeinc.org, 773-549-1336

Mission statement: Growing Home’s mission is to operate, promote, and demonstrate the use of organic agriculture as a vehicle for job training, employment, and community development. We use our urban farms in Englewood to run innovative job training and food access programs.

Annual budget: $1.5 million.

Each year Growing Home teaches transferable job skills to over 50 individuals with criminal backgrounds, experience with homelessness, low education, and other workforce barriers. Job training takes place on our USDA-certified organic farms, where we cultivate over 30,000 pounds of produce each year. We distribute our produce throughout Englewood, and at farmers markets across the city.

Upcoming fundraisers/events: Annual Benefit: May 4. Backyard Dinner: September. We hold other small events throughout the year. Our produce is sold at our Wood Street Farm Stand, Green City Market, and Logan Square Farmers Market.



Hanul FamilAlliance



Irene Jisun Sohn, Executive Director, 773-478-8851 ext.103


Mission statement: Hanul Family Alliance strives to be a leading organization by becoming an efficient, effective, and supportive provider of social services to an ever changing Korean-American community. We provide comprehensive community-based services to meet the needs of Korean-American seniors and families to enhance their quality of life. 

Annual budget & key campaigns/events: This year Hanul celebrates its 30th Anniversary. The organization today serves over 6,000 individuals with a budget of $2.5 million. We have not always had an easy journey, but the joy that comes from helping, giving, and building a sense of community makes it all worthwhile. We invite everyone to join us at our 25th Annual Benefit Dinner in celebration of our 30th Anniversary on March 11, 2017 with the theme of “Joy in the Journey.”

Upcoming fundraisers / events: www.ilgive.com//organizations/hanul-family-alliance




Housing Opportunities & Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E.)

1419 W. Carroll Ave., Floor 2, Chicago, IL 60607, p: 773-921-3200, f: 312-455-1500

Executive Director: Bruce A. Otto, 773-295-2711

Mission: Committed to improving the quality of life for Chicago’s low-income elderly, Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E.) helps seniors remain independent and part of their community by offering opportunities for intergenerational living and by providing a variety of citywide support services.'

Upcoming fundraisers / events: Annual Celebration Dinner, on April 27, 2017.





i.c. stars

415 N. Dearborn, Suite 300,

Chicago, IL 60654


Executive Director: Sandee Kastrul

Mission: i.c.stars is a workforce development organization and social enterprise. We find talent, train talent, and put talent to work. We develop change-driven young adults to excel in technology careers and effect change as community leaders.

Annual Budget : $2.1 million

Key Campaigns: We are currently raising funds for Enterprise Next, a new lean startup training program for graduates of i.c.stars’ workforce training program. A three-month, no cost program, the startup training enables underserved entrepreneurs, mostly people of color, to launch their own businesses and compete for incubation at i.c.stars.

Events: For information on volunteer opportunities at i.c.stars, please contact info@icstars.org

i.c.stars’ special events draw hundreds of senior high tech leaders together from many major corporations and provide a platform to shape Chicago’s future IT workforce. Upcoming events include: Capitalize Illinois May 2017; CXO Disrupt June 2017; iOpener August 2017.

For information on volunteer opportunities at i.c.stars, please contact info@icstars.org


Illinois Hunger Coalition

Mission: The Illinois Hunger Coalition seeks to end hunger and the underlying causes through community organizing, advocating for progressive public policies and public education.

Annual Budget: The Illinois Hunger Coalition is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) funded by grants from private foundations, individual donations, and some government support.

Key Campaigns: Promoting living wages, fair taxes and an equitable budget, access to healthy, affordable food, creating better jobs, safer communities with better schools, parks and libraries.

Executive Director: Diane Doherty.

Contact: 205 W. Monroe, Suite 310, Chicago,  IL 60606. Phone: 312.629-9580 Fax: 312.629-3514; Hunger Hotline (English and Spanish): 800.359-2163






Evan Cauble-Johnson: Chief Development Officer: 773-878-0981 X 204

Executive Director:  Shannon K. Stewart: 773-878-0981 X224

Mission statement: In an atmosphere of dignity and respect, Inspiration Corporation helps people who are affected by homelessness and poverty to improve their lives and increase self-sufficiency through the provision of social services, employment training and placement, and housing.

Annual budget & key campaigns/events: Inspiration Corporation’s current operating budget is $3,897,505. Through December 31, any new, renewed, or increased gifts could be matched by an anonymous donor up to $50,000. Each year, we host One Inspired Evening, a charity art auction fundraiser, which benefits our award-winning programs.

Upcoming fundraisers/events: On Saturday, March 25, Inspiration Corporation will host One Inspired Evening at Moonlight Studios.



Jane Addams Resource Center (JARC)

Organization Contact: 773-728-9769, hayleyc@jane-addams.org

Executive Director: Guy Loudon, 773-751-7105, guyl@jane-addams.org

Mission Statement: JARC provides high quality skills training and bundled support services to help low-income adults achieve self-sufficiency.

Annual Budget: $3.5 million; Key Campaigns: Holiday Appeal (December), Evening of Opportunities (June), Fall Social (October)

Upcoming Events: Evening of Opportunities Celebration, June 9, 2017.




Kids In Danger

116 W. Illinois St. #4E, Chicago, IL 60654, (312) 595-0649,



Executive Director: Nancy Cowles — nancy@kidsindanger.org

Mission statement: KID is dedicated to protecting children by improving children’s product safety.  KID’s mission is to promote the development of safer products, advocate for children and educate the public, especially parents and caregivers, about dangerous children’s products.

Annual budget & key campaigns/events: $300,000 Key campaigns: Bumper drives — bumper exchange events to encourage parents to get dangerous bumper pads out of their homes

Outreach and training — TEST — reach tomorrow’s product designers through innovative TEST program, encouraging engineering students to combat danger with design.

Upcoming fundraisers/events: Best Friend Award Night — annual fundraiser gala that commemorates our progress, honors victims, and highlights contributions of someone who helps keep kids safe. KID Running Team — participate in charity runs to raise money and awareness.



La Casa Norte

3533 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL, 60647, 773-276-4900

Executive Director: Sol A. Flores, sol@lacasanorte.org;

773-276-4900 x208

Mission statement: La Casa Norte’s mission is to serve youth and families confronting homelessness.  We provide access to stable housing and deliver comprehensive services that act as a catalyst to transform lives and communities.

Budget: $3.6 million

Campaigns/Events: November/December 2016 – Holiday Toy and Winter Coat Drives: La Casa Norte collects toys and winter coats to support youth and families confronting homelessness.

Upcoming fundraisers/events: Dec.  10, – Annual Volunteer Wrapping Party: Volunteers will “shop” and wrap gifts for youth and children in our programs. February 2017– La Casa Norte’s Next Generation Board hosts their annual fundraising event.





Lakeview Pantry

3945 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60613, 773-525-1777,



Kellie O’Connell, Executive Director, kellie@lakeviewpantry.org

Mission statement: One of Chicago’s largest and longest-operating food pantries, Lakeview Pantry’s mission is to eliminate hunger and poverty on the North Side of Chicago by providing food to fill the basic need of hungry people; increasing the independence of our clients through self-help initiatives and other innovative programs; and raising awareness of hunger and poverty and working towards solutions to eliminate them. Our ultimate goal is the eradication of hunger and poverty in our communities.

Annual budget & key campaigns/events: $1.6 million. Lakeview Pantry’s main fundraising event is an annual dinner called Laugh. Give. Brag. At this event, participants have the opportunity to bid on Lakeview Pantry’s operating expenses, instead of the traditional auction items. For example, donors can purchase six months of van insurance, or a week’s worth of food for the Pantry.

Upcoming fundraisers/events: On Saturday, December 3, Lakeview Pantry hosted a Family Day. Community members – especially children! – came to the Pantry to decorate holiday cards, drop off toys for clients and partake in cookies and cocoa.


Literacy Works

Mission: To strengthen adult literacy, parent education, and workforce development programs by providing innovative training and knowledge-sharing opportunities for professionals and volunteers.

In Chicago, more than half a million adults cannot read and write well enough to support their goals related to employment, community involvement, and supporting their children’s education. Literacy Works builds the quality and capacity of community-based literacy programs all over the city, helping to ensure that adults have access to the skill-building services they need.

Key Campaigns/events: If you would like to volunteer to tutor an adult in reading, writing, math, or English as a Second Language, call the Literacy Works Adult Education Helpline: (312) 998-READ. We’ll help place you at an organization that meets your interests, and we’ll provide the training you need. Do you want to learn English? Do you want to improve your reading or math? Call (312) 998-READ to find a free place to learn.

Executive Director: Christine Kenny 773.334-8255; Christine@litworks.org

Annual Budget: $325,000

Contact: 641 W. Lake St.,

Suite 200, Chicago, 60661;




Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly

Simone Mitchell-Peterson, CEO, 355 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60607, 312-455-1000,






Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly is  a private, non-profit, volunteer-based organization. Our mission is to alleviate isolation and loneliness among Chicago’s elders. With the help of thousands of donors and individual volunteers, we bring friendship to lonely and isolated elders in every Chicago neighborhood.

We serve 1,300 elders a year with the support of 1,500 volunteers. We operate our programs on a budget of $4 million a year. We raise funds throughout the year from individuals, foundations, and corporate donors. We do not receive any public funding. Our Young Professional Advisory Board hosts several events a year, including our signature engAge event, which will take place this Spring, 2017. To volunteer, make a donation, refer an elder, or to learn more about the work we do, please visit our website at



Marillac Social Center

Mission: The Mission of Marillac St. Vincent Family Services is to strengthen, empower and give voice to those in need – in the Vincentian spirit of service – through education and comprehensive programs to build vibrant communities in Chicago.

Upcoming events: Annual fundraisers include the Fleur de Lis Ball, Saturday, Feb. 25 2017, and the Beacon of Hope Luncheon Friday, Oct. 13 2017. These two events fund programming at both Marillac Social Center and St. Vincent de Paul Center.

Executive Director: Maureen Hallagan, (312) 278-4223

Contact: 212 S. Francisco Ave., Chicago, 60612, (312)-278-4220.



National Runaway Safeline

3141 B N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60657, 1-800-RUNAWAY

Executive Director: Maureen Blaha, Mblaha@1800RUNAWAY.org, 773-289-1720

Mission statement: To keep runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets.

NRS makes more than 250,000 connections to help and hope through hotline, online and offline resources.

Annual budget & key campaigns/events: As the national communication system for runaway and homeless youth, NRS receives a flat $1.6 million federal grant, annually for the last 10 years.  To operate a 24/7/365 crisis hotline and online center, NRS relies heavily on the generosity of donations from individuals, foundations and corporations.

Upcoming fundraisers/events: NRS’ annual benefit, Spirit of Youth, raises money and visibility.  The October 14, 2017 fundraiser will raise $250,000 to help keep America’s runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets.




Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago

(773) 329-4110, Mary Carlson, Director of Resource Development and Public Affairs, (773) 329-4129, mcarlson@nhschicago.org

Kristin Faust, President of Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago

1279 N. Milwaukee Ave., 4th Floor Chicago, IL 60622, (773) 329-4174, kfaust@NHSChicago.org

Mission statement: To create opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives, and strengthen their neighborhoods. We envision dynamic, safe and sustainable neighborhoods where people lead change and improve their future through investing in their homes and community.

Annual budget & key campaigns/events: The NHS annual budget is over $11 million, which includes the NHS lending affiliate, Neighborhood Lending Services; its redevelopment arm, the NHS Redevelopment Corporation; and its five neighborhood-based and two regional offices.

Upcoming fundraisers/events: NHS is holding its Annual Awards Dinner on March 16, 2017 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. The NHS Annual Awards Dinner tells the story of neighborhood change through the recognition of distinguished national, corporate and community leaders' contributions to neighborhood revitalization. The event will bring together more than 700 guests and raise over $450,000 to support NHS community revitalization work in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods.






The Night Ministry

4711 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, IL  60640, 773-784-9000, info@thenightministry.org

For volunteer inquiries: volunteering@thenightministry.org

Paul W. Hamann, President & CEO

Mission statement: The Night Ministry compassionately provides housing, health care, outreach, spiritual care, and social services to adults and youth who struggle with homelessness, poverty and loneliness.  We accept individuals as they are and offer support as they seek to improve their lives. We invite others to join this hope-filled work.

Annual budget & key campaigns/events: In FY17, our organizational budget is $6.9 million.  In 2017, we will open a housing program in North Lawndale to provide stable housing to North Lawndale College Prep High School Students who experience homelessness.  We have also introduced a Street Medicine Initiative to deliver our health care and outreach services to individuals living in encampments and other hard-to-reach locations.

Upcoming fundraisers/events: During the entire month of December, Flowers for Dreams will donate 25% of their proceeds from each sale to The Night Ministry.  Visit flowersfordreams.com to place an order. Lighting Up the Night Awards Dinner & Auction will be held on May 31 at Loews Chicago Hotel.




614 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka, IL 60093, 847-501-5760

Executive Director: David Luna, david@open-communities.org, 847-501-5760 x406

Mission: Open Communities' mission is to educate, advocate and organize to promote just and inclusive communities in north suburban Chicago. We work with current and prospective residents and local groups to promote economically and culturally diverse communities in north suburban Chicago. We provide fair and affordable housing counseling services, community education, advocacy, and organizing for welcoming communities.

Key campaign: The Justice Project: The March Continues is a movement catalyzed by the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s galvanizing speech at a North Shore rally of thousands, the mission is to use grassroots, broad-based efforts to encourage all our communities to be welcoming, inclusive and diverse. www.justiceprojectcontinues.org

Upcoming Fundraisers: We All Benefit - October 26, 6:30-9 p.m. at Unitarian Church of Evanston. Honoring The Justice Project, Susan Trieschmann and Lesley Williams.

Holiday Fundraiser - Wednesday, December 7 at Ten Thousand Villages, 719 Main St., Evanston. Enjoy good company, wine and hors d'oeuvres, and help us make inclusive northern suburbs a reality for all - during the holidays and every day. Get a jump on holiday shopping and enjoy some holiday cheer while 15% of the evening's purchases benefit Open Communities.







People’s Music School

931 W. Eastwood, Chicago, IL 60640, 773-784-7032,


Executive Director: Jennifer Kim Matsuzawa, jennifer.matsuzawa@peoplesmusicschool.org,773-250-6612

Mission statement: Our mission is to deliver access to the benefits of high-quality, tuition-free music education. Through intensive instruction and performance, our students achieve excellence in music that transfers to other areas in life. They grow musically, socially, emotionally and intellectually, and develop a foundation of responsibility, self-esteem, resilience and purpose.

Annual budget & key campaigns/events: $1.4 million. Our students perform regularly in the community and participate in annual fundraising events to raise funds and awareness to support TPMS programs, which are free of cost to our families. Our annual Performapaloozathon is a day full of student performances, fundraising, and community that features all 600 TPMS students.

Fundraisers/events: On Wednesday, November 30 Yo-Yo Ma and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra presented the City-wide Bach Marathon. This is a day of performances by musicians from TPMS and the Civic Orchestra throughout multiple locations across Chicago. 



Project CARE

Project CARE (Community Adult Reading Experience) is Morton College’s adult volunteer tutoring program. Trained volunteer tutors teach adult students seeking assistance with English and Math. Project CARE was founded in 1986. We serve the communities of Berwyn, Cicero, Stickney, Lyons, Forest View, and McCook.

Our Mission: To enhance the quality of life of our diverse community through exemplary teaching and learning opportunities, community service, and life-long learning.

Our Goals: To provide individualized tutoring instruction to students transitioning into Post-Secondary and Career and Technical Education programs; To create a path for professional development and community involvement for Morton College students and community members, including seniors.

Volunteer Tutor Position: Provide individual and small-group tutoring in English and Math to adult students and prepare creative lesson plans. Assist students in improving academic achievement by meeting with them on a regular basis. Help students solve their learning problems and work on study skills. Qualifications: Be at least 18 years old; Have a high school diploma or GED; Be able to volunteer 3 hours a week for 3 months; Be willing to complete 15 hours of initial training; Be sensitive to the needs of the local community

Irina Cline, Academic Support Specialist, Morton College, 3801 S. Central Ave, Cicero, IL 60804, Room 245C, 708-656-8000 ext. 2383, project.care@morton.edu   


Renaissance Social Services

Mission: RSSI exists to end homelessness in Chicago.  We support men, women, and families with children by funding housing, providing supportive services, and managing an emergency fund to prevention people from losing their homes.

Annual Budget: $3.5 million

Executive Director: Michael Banghart, MA, LPC, mbanghart@rssichicago.com, (773) 645-8900 x108

Contact: 333 N. Oakley Blvd, Suite 101, Chicago, 60612; (773) 645-8900;



Sarah's Circle

4838 N. Sheridan Road,

Chicago, IL 60640, 773-728-1014

Executive Director: Katherine Ragnar, kragnar@sarahs-circle.org, 773-728-1014, ext 309

Mission statement: Sarah’s Circle is a refuge for women who are homeless or in need of a safe space. By providing life necessities, housing, case management, clinical and social services, we encourage women to empower themselves by rebuilding both emotionally and physically; realizing their unique potential.

Annual budget & key campaigns/events: Budget of $2.1 mil. Key campaigns are our holiday appeal, our Winter Walk fundraiser in February, and Beer Fest fundraiser in October.

Upcoming fundraisers/events: Sarah's Circle's 25th Annual Winter Walk on Feb 26, 2017! You can take action to make sure that women who are homeless can get their needs met, build self-sufficiency, and secure permanent housing. Help us fundraise through our peer-to-peer platform.



Selah Freedom

PO Box 21415, Sarasota, FL 34276, 941-677-8840, Info@SelahFreedom.com

Executive Director: Elizabeth Fisher, Elizabeth@SelahFreedom.com

Mission statement: Selah Freedom is a national organization providing education and training throughout the country, as well as teen prevention, outreach, and safe housing in the Midwest and Southeast regions of the United States. Selah Freedom has launched a Residential Program specifically for survivors of sex trafficking in Chicagoland.

​Selah Freedom exists to end sex trafficking and bring freedom to the exploited.

Annual budget & key campaigns/events: Selah Freedom's annual budget is $1.5 million. 92% of every dollar goes directly to our programs for survivors of sex trafficking helping them to walk in complete healing, freedom and restoration. All of our financial information can be viewed online at:




SGA Youth and Family Services

Elizabeth Mason, VP of Development, 11 E. Adams, Ste. 1500, Chicago, IL  60603,


p: 312-447-4328, f: 312-663-0644

Susana Marotta, President & CEO, 11 E. Adams, Ste. 1500, Chicago, IL  60603, smarotta@sga-youth.org P: 312-447-4321

Mission statement: SGA helps children, families and communities facing great challenges to realize their potential.  SGA will leads the evolution of services to transform challenged neighborhoods in the greater Chicago area into healthy communities.

Annual Budget: $12 million

SGA is leading the way to behavioral health for CPS school students in over 84 schools.  It is also the lead agency reducing infant mortality in South Chicago neighborhoods.  SGA’s programs carry on the tradition of its founders -  three visionary women living and working for reform in the (now) Jane Adams Hull House at the turn of the 20th Century who created critical reforms to protect immigrants, women and children. Our cradle to career or college services help break the cycle of poverty and adversity by creating opportunity to thrive.

Upcoming fundraisers/events: Annual Benefit, “Building on Promise – creating hope and opportunity for Chicago’s children and families”: Thursday, May 4 at The Four Seasons. Tickets $500 each. Sponsorship opportunities available.



St. Vincent de Paul Center

Mission: The Mission of Marillac St. Vincent Family Services is to strengthen, empower and give voice to those in need – in the Vincentian spirit of service – through education and comprehensive programs to build vibrant communities in Chicago.

Upcoming Events: Annual fundraisers include the Fleur de Lis Ball, Saturday, Feb. 25 2017, and the Beacon of Hope Luncheon Friday, Oct. 13 2017. These two events fund programming at both Marillac Social Center and St. Vincent de Paul Center.

Executive Director: Maureen Hallagan, Phone (312) 278-4223

Contact: 2145 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614. (312)-278-4220.




Mission: To empower those facing homelessness or those at risk of homelessness by providing access to resources and employment opportunities so individuals can work toward self-sufficiency with dignity.

Key Campaigns/events: The StreetWise model offers immediate access to employment through the Magazine Vendor Program and entry to traditional employment through STEP (StreetWise Transitional Employment Program) of job readiness training and placement opportunities. These two programs are supported by the Social Services Program, which provides direct linkages to medical or mental health services, substance abuse or domestic violence services, and referrals for legal services.

Executive Director: Julie Youngquist, jyoungquist@streetwise.org.

Contact: 4554 N. Broadway, Suite 350, Chicago, 60640; p: 773.334.6600.