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THE 2008 ANNUAL PHILANTHROPY GUIDE

Help out Chicago! Donate to your favorite Chicago charity for the holiday season.

By A COMPILATION OF CHICAGO CHARITIES
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Adler Planetarium
adlerplanetarium.org
Fund supports new exhibitions,  research and education programs
 
Advocate Health Care
advocatehealth.com
Strives to offer the best care available and reach into the community with programs
 
Alexian Brothers Medical Center
alexian.org
Contributions help provide the latest medical technology, administered by top professionals
 
The Anti-Cruelty Society
anticruelty.org
One of the largest humane societies in the nation
 
The Art Institute of Chicago
artic.edu
Fund supports every aspect of museum activity
 
Beacon Street Gallery & Theater
beaconst.org
Serves the community with arts education programs
 
Big Shoulders Fund
bigshouldersfund.org
Creates opportunities for inner-city children to attend Catholic schools
 
Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago
bgcc.org
Serves more than 17,500 young people in need
 
Breakthrough Urban Ministries
breakthroughministries.com
Programs include homeless centers, street outreach to women in prostitution and youth and family outreach
 
Brookfield Zoo
brookfieldzoo.org
Gifts support capital campaigns, conservation and research initiatives and public programs

Cathedral Shelter of Chicago
cathedralshelter.org
Crisis intervention, addiction recovery, community assistance and life skills development
 
Catholic Charities
catholiccharities.net
Dedicated to helping those in need regardless of race or religion, with programs all over Chicago
 
Center for Economic Progress
centerforprogress.org
Working to build the assets and increase the economic prosperity of those in need
 
Center for Neighborhood Technology
cnt.org
Promotes the development of more livable and sustainable communities
 
Chicago Architecture Foundation
architecture.org
Donations support community education and outreach
 
Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education
capeweb.org
Advances the arts as a vital strategy for improving teaching and learning
 
Chicago Botanic Garden
chicagobotanic.org
Promotes conservation of plants and the natural world
 
Chicago Cares
chicagocares.org
Creates, manages and leads volunteer projects
 
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
chicagohomeless.org
Organizes and advocates to prevent and end homelessness
 
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
thechicagocouncil.org
Nonpartisan and committed to influencing the discourse on global issues
 
Chicago Foundation for Women
cfw.org
Follows principles that women should have economic security, freedom from violence and access to health services
 
Chicago Gateway Green
gatewaygreen.org
Dedicated to the beautification of the Chicagoland area
Chicago History Museum
chicagohistory.org
Supports museum exhibitions and programs
 
Chicago Public Radio
wbez.org
Public programming serving Chicago and the suburbs
 
Chicago Rehab Network
chicagorehab.org
Works to keep housing affordable, focusing on housing preservation, good ownership and active residents

Chicago Youth Centers
chicagoyouthcenters.org
Serving kids in the city’s roughest neighborhoods
 
Children’s Memorial Hospital
childrensmemorial.org
Strives to ensure the best care possible for critically ill children and their families
 
Connections for Abused Women and their Children
cawc.org
Committed to ending domestic violence
 
Deborah’s Place
deborahsplace.org
Working to break the cycle of homelessness for women
 
Edward Hospital and Cancer Center
edward.org/default.cfm
Seeks to find unique ways of treating cancer and supports one of the largest animal-assisted therapy programs
 
Environmental Law and Policy Center
elpc.org
Helps achieve cleaner energy resources and promote conservation
 
Evanston Northwestern Healthcare
enh.org
Gifts help provide medical care, research and innovative new services
 
Feeding America
feedingamerica.org
Formerly Second Harvest, largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States
 
The Field Museum
fieldmuseum.org
Funds help maintain the collection and exhibits, support educational programs and more
 
First Slice
firstslice.org
Provides high-quality, locally grown food to the homeless and schools
 
Franciscan Outreach Association
franoutreach.org
Serves the homeless with a soup kitchen, shelter and case management program
 
Glenwood School for Boys and Girls
glenwoodschool.org
Provides socially and economically disadvantaged children with a residential and education program
 
Good News Partners
goodnewspartners.org
Strives to empower low-income and homeless families move toward stability with housing
 
Goodwill Industries
goodwill.org
Provides education, training and career services for the disadvantaged
 
Greater Chicago Food Depository
chicagosfoodbank.org
Distributes food through qualified agencies to feed the city’s hungry
 
Infant Welfare Society of Chicago
infantwelfare.homestead.com
Provides health care and services to disadvantaged children and women
 
Inspiration Corporation
inspirationcorp.org
Assists individuals who are chronically homeless, unemployed or underemployed and struggling 
 
International Museum of Surgical Science
imss.org
Supports the exhibits and programs at the museum
 
Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
juf.org
Provides critical resources and assistance to Chicagoans of all faiths and Jews around the world
 
Kohl Children’s Museum
kohlchildrensmuseum.org
Donations fund exhibits, educational programming and services
 
Lincoln Park Zoo
lpzoo.com
Helps support worldwide conservation initiatives and promote the best possible animal care
 
Literacy Chicago
literacychicago.org
Dedicated to improving the lives of Chicago adults and their families through classes and tutoring
 
Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly
chicago.littlebrothers.org
Brings companionship and social interaction to isolated and lonely elders
 
LUNGevity Foundation
lungevity.org
Committed to funding lung cancer research and providing support to the lung cancer community
 
Lynn Sage Cancer
Research Foundation
foundation.nmh.org/LynnSageGift
Supports patients and gives grants to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer
 
Marwen
marwen.org
Provides free art education to Chicago’s under-served youth
 
Mercy Hospital
mercy-chicago.org
Raises philanthropic funds to provide health services to the community
 
Misericordia
misericordia.com
Supports 550 children and adults with mild to profound developmental disabilities from all backgrounds
 
Morton Arboretum
mortonarb.org
Contributions help preserve the arboretum and improve tree communities around the world
 
Mujeres Latinas en Acción
mujereslatinasenaccion.org
Seeks to empower women, their families and youth to become self-reliant
 
Museum of Contemporary Art
mcachicago.org
Donations sponsor education, exhibition and performance programs
 
Museum of Science and Industry
msichicago.org
Helps maintain building and exhibits and supports educational opportunities
 
Newberry Library
newberry.org
Free and open to the public, gifts support activities and programs
 
The Night Ministry
thenightministry.org
Assists Chicago’s under-served youth and adults in need
 
North Lawndale Employment Network
nlen.org
Trains men and women with records of criminal conviction in the necessary skills to work
 
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
nmh.org
Contributions support the hospital’s capital, research, education and community service initiatives
 
The Notebaert Nature Museum
chias.org
Supports exhibits, public education, conservation initiatives and operations
 
Organic School Project
organicschoolproject.org
Seeks to help school-aged children become more mindful eaters
 
Pacific Garden Mission
pgm.org
Oldest continuously operating rescue mission in the country
 
PAWS Chicago
pawschicago.org
Chicago’s largest, non-profit, no-kill humane organization
 
Planned Parenthood of Illinois
www.ppil.org
Health centers provide a wide range of reproductive care services
 
Rainbow Push Coalition
rainbowpush.org
Provides community services and fights for social change
 
Rush University Medical Center
rush.edu
Aims to provide best possible care to patients, promote research, support students and local communities
 
Salvation Army
salvationarmyusa.org
Charity and social services organization with many outreach programs
 
Shedd Aquarium
sheddaquarium.org
Donations support animals, educational programs, conservation and research
 
Spertus Museum
spertus.edu/museum
Donations support museum exhibits and public programs
 
St. Vincent de Paul Center
svdpc.org
Serves the needs of the working poor with child care, services for the elderly, in need and homeless
 
Swedish Covenant Hospital
swedishcovenant.org
Strives to meet the needs of a diverse community and provide the best, most compassionate care
 
Thorek Memorial Hospital
thorek.org
Offers free health screens throughout the year, including blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and cancer screening
 
Tree House Animal Foundation
treehouseanimals.org
A cage-less, no-kill shelter for sick, injured and abused stray cats
 
University of Chicago Hospitals
uchospitals.edu
Physicians and scientists aim to provide excellent care and develop treatments and preventions
 
Walter Payton Liver Center (UIC)
walterpaytonlivercenter.org
Dedicated to reaching out to the community to educate, inform and change lives
 
The Wetlands Initiative
wetlands-initiative.org
Dedicated to restoring the wetland resources of the Midwest
 
Women’s Global Education Project
womensglobal.org
Seeks to provide universal education and empower women worldwide
 
Woodstock Institute
woodstockinst.org
Aims to increase and protect the financial assets of low-income people and communities 

Published: December 05, 2008
Issue: Winter 2008 - Annual Philanthropy Guide

Comments

Please add to charity list
St. Vincent de Paul Center is one of Illinois' largest non-profit (501c3)child development centers. The Center currently provides NAEYC-accredited early childhood education, after-school programs, family support, compassionate care to the elderly and outreach to the homeless. Visit online at www.svdpc.org
Jen Ridder, Jul-16-2009
Please add charity!
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation www.bearnecessities.org To eliminate pediatric cancer and to provide hope and support to those who are touched by it.
Courtney Krupa, Dec-16-2008
Planned Parenthood
Hi- I just noticed our charity listing is out of date. Can you please update to the following? Thanks! Planned Parenthood of Illinois www.ppil.org Health centers provide a wide range of reproductive care services
LP, Apr-28-2009
Better Boys Foundation
Community center in North Lawndale provides year-round after school programming for kids K-12, including dance, musical theatre, academic tutoring & other amazing opportunities!
Leah Drummond, Jan-13-2014