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Annual Philanthropy Guide

Chicago Life's comprehensive listing of local charitable organizations that make this city and world a better place

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Adler Planetarium
www.adlerplanetarium.org
Fund supports new exhibitions, sky shows, research and education
programs

Advocate Health Care
www.advocatehealth.com
Strives to offer the best care available and reach into the community
with programs that care for the whole person

Alexian Brothers Medical Center
www.alexian.org
Contributions help provide the latest medical technology,
administered by top professionals

America’s Second Harvest
www.secondharvest.org
Largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States

The Anti-Cruelty Society
www.anticruelty.org
One of the largest humane societies in the nation, helping animals
since 1899

The Art Institute of Chicago
www.artic.edu
Fund supports every aspect of museum activity

Big Shoulders Fund
www.bigshouldersfund.org
Creates opportunities for inner-city children to attend Catholic schools

Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago
www.bgcc.org
Serves more than 17,500 young people in need

Breakthrough Urban Ministries
www.breakthroughministries.com
Programs include homeless centers, street outreach to women in
prostitution and youth and family outreach

Brookfield Zoo
www.brookfieldzoo.org
Gifts support capital campaigns, conservation and research
initiatives and public programs

Cathedral Shelter of Chicago
www.cathedralshelter.org
Crisis intervention, addiction recovery, community assistance and
life skills development

Center for Economic Progress
www.centerforprogress.org
Working to build the assets and increase the economic prosperity of
those in need

Center for Neighborhood Technology
www.cnt.org
Promotes the development of more livable and sustainable communities

Chicago Architecture Foundation
www.architecture.org
Donations support community education and outreach and further programs

Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education
www.capeweb.org
Advances the arts as a vital strategy for improving teaching and
learning

Chicago Botanic Garden
www.chicagobotanic.org
Promotes the enjoyment, understanding and conservation of plants and
the natural world

Chicago Cares
www.chicagocares.org
Creates, manages and leads volunteer projects

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
www.chicagohomeless.org
Organizes and advocates to prevent and end homelessness

Chicago Council on Global Affairs
www.thechicagocouncil.org
Nonpartisan and committed to influencing the discourse on global issues

Chicago Foundation for Women
www.cfw.org
Follows principles that women should have economic security, freedom
from violence and access to health services

Chicago Gateway Green

www.gatewaygreen.org
Dedicated to the beautification of the Chicagoland area

Chicago History Museum
www.chicagohistory.org
Supports museum exhibitions and programs

Chicago Public Radio
www.wbez.org
Public programming serving Chicago and the suburbs

Chicago Rehab Network
www.chicagorehab.org
Works to keep housing affordable, focusing on housing preservation,
good ownership and active residents

Chicago Youth Centers
www.chicagoyouthcenters.org
Serving kids in the city’s toughest neighborhoods

Children’s Memorial Hospital
www.childrensmemorial.org
Strives to ensure the best care possible for critically ill children
and their families

Deborah’s Place
www.deborahsplace.org
Working to break the cycle of homelessness for women

Edward Hospital and Cancer Center
www.edward.org/default.cfm
Seeks to find unique ways of treating cancer, funds nursing education
and supports one of the largest animal-assisted therapy programs in
the nation

Environmental Law and Policy Center
www.elpc.org
Helps achieve cleaner energy resources, implement sustainable energy
strategies, improve transportation and promote conservation


Evanston Northwestern Healthcare
www.enh.org
Gifts help provide medical care, research and innovative new services

The Field Museum
www.fieldmuseum.org
Funds help maintain the collection and exhibits, support educational
programs and more

Franciscan Outreach Association
www.franoutreach.org
Serves the homeless with a soup kitchen, shelter and case management
program

Glenwood School for Boys and Girls
www.glenwoodschool.org
Provides socially and economically disadvantaged children with a
comprehensive residential, education and life-skills program

Good News Partners
www.goodnewspartners.org
Strives to empower low-income and homeless families move toward
stability with housing

Greater Chicago Food Depository
www.chicagosfoodbank.org
Distributes food through qualified agencies to feed the city’s hungry

Infant Welfare Society of Chicago
www.infantwelfare.homestead.com
Provides health care and services to disadvantaged children and women

Inspiration Corporation
www.inspirationcorp.org
Assists individuals who are chronically homeless, unemployed or
underemployed and struggling with mental illness, substance use
disorders and social isolation

International Museum of Surgical Science
www.imss.org
Supports the exhibits and programs at the museum

Kohl Children’s Museum
www.kohlchildrensmuseum.org
Donations fund exhibits, educational programming and services for
those in need

Lincoln Park Zoo
www.lpzoo.com
Helps support worldwide conservation initiatives, promote best
possible animal care and keeping the zoo free to all

Literacy Chicago
www.literacychicago.org
Dedicated to improving the lives of Chicago adults and their families
through classes and tutoring

Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly
www.chicago.littlebrothers.org
Brings companionship and social interaction to isolated and lonely
elders

LUNGevity Foundation
www.lungevity.org
Committed to funding lung cancer research and providing support to
the lung cancer community

Marwen
www.marwen.org
Provides free art education to Chicago’s under-served youth

Mercy Hospital
www.mercy-chicago.org
Raises philanthropic funds to provide health services to the community

Misericordia
www.misericordia.com
Supports 550 children and adults with mild to profound developmental
disabilities from all backgrounds

Morton Arboretum
www.mortonarb.org
Contributions help preserve the arboretum and improve tree
communities around the world

Mujeres Latinas en Acción
www.mujereslatinasenaccion.org
Seeks to empower women, their families and youth to become self-
reliant and able to take full advantage of opportunities and create
new ones

Museum of Contemporary Art
www.mcachicago.org
Donations sponsor education, exhibition and performance programs

Museum of Science and Industry
www.msichicago.org
Helps maintain building and exhibits and supports educational
opportunities for students and teachers

Newberry Library
www.newberry.org
Free and open to the public, gifts support activities and programs

The Night Ministry
www.thenightministry.org
Assists Chicago’s under-served youth and adults in need

North Lawndale Employment Network
www.nlen.org
Trains men and women with records of criminal conviction in the
necessary skills to enter and advance in the work world

Northwestern Memorial Hospital
www.nmh.org
Contributions support the hospital’s capital, research, education
and community service initiatives

The Notebaert Nature Museum
www.chias.org
Supports exhibits, public education, conservation initiatives and
operations

Organic School Project
www.organicschoolproject.org
Seeks to help school-aged children become more mindful eaters

PAWS Chicago
www.pawschicago.org
Chicago’s largest, non-profit, no-kill humane organization

Planned Parenthood Chicago Area
www.plannedparenthood.org/chicago
Ten health centers throughout Chicago provide a wide range of
reproductive care services

Rush University Medical Center
www.rush.edu
Aims to provide best possible care to patients, promote research,
support students and reach out to local communities

Shedd Aquarium
www.sheddaquarium.org
Donations support animals, educational programs, conservation and
research

Spertus Museum
www.spertus.edu/museum
Donations support museum exhibits and public programs

St. Vincent de Paul Center
www.svdpc.org
Serves the needs of the working poor with child care, services for
the elderly, social services and homeless outreach

Swedish Covenant Hospital
www.swedishcovenant.org
Strives to meet the needs of a diverse community and provide the
best, most compassionate care

Thorek Memorial Hospital
www.thorek.org
Offers free health screens throughout the year, including blood
pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and cancer screening

Tree House Animal Foundation
www.treehouseanimals.org
A cage-less, no-kill shelter for sick, injured and abused stray cats

University of Chicago Hospitals
www.uchospitals.edu
Physicians and scientists aim to provide excellent care and develop
the next generations of treatments and preventions for cancer, heart
disease, Alzheimer’s and other illnesses

Walter Payton Liver Center (UIC)
www.walterpaytonlivercenter.org
Dedicated to reaching out to the community to educate, inform and
change lifestyles and lives for the better

The Wetlands Initiative
www.wetlands-initiative.org
Dedicated to restoring the wetland resources of the Midwest to
improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat and diversity and
reduce flood damage

Woodstock Institute
www.woodstockinst.org
Aims to increase and protect the financial assets of low-income
people and communities  o


Published: December 02, 2007
Issue: December Philanthropy 07