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Annual Philanthropy Guide

Giving During the Holiday Season

Action for Healthy Kids
Works with schools to help kids learn to eat right and be active every day.

Adler Planetarium
Fund supports new exhibitions, research and education programs.

Advocate Health Care
Strives to offer the best care available and reach out into the community. 

All God’s Children
Orphan care ministry dedicated to rescuing and caring for children around the world.

Alliance for the Great Lakes
Works to conserve and restore the Great Lakes.

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

Alzheimer’s Association
Dedicated to eliminating Alzheimer’s disease through advancement of 
research, providing support and reducing the risk of dementia.

Alzheimer’s FOUNDATion of 
AMERICA  alzfnd.org
Counseling, resource and referrals as well as conferences and workshops,
grants and memory screenings.

American Bar Association 
Fund for Justice & Education  abanet.org  Conducts public service and educational programs to serve vulnerable populations.

American Brain Tumor 
Association  abta.org
National leader in advancing brain tumor research and providing patient-family education and support.

American Cancer Society
Dedicated to saving lives.

American Center for Cures
http://www.theamericancenterforcures.org/ Devoted to creating a cabinet-level U.S. center for cures. 

American Dietetic Association Foundation  eatright.org
Committed to improving nation’s health through research, education, advocacy.

Anderson Animal Shelter
The shelter operates under a low-kill philosophy, and is dedicated to eliminating euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals.

Angelman Syndrome Foundation
Advances the awareness and treatment of Angelman Syndrome.

Animal Welfare League
Provides shelter, care and adoption services for homeless, unwanted animals.

The Anti-Cruelty Society
One of the largest humane societies in the nation. 

Anixter Center  anixter.org
Serves 6000 people with disabilities.

The ARK  arkchicago.org
Provides social and medical services for Jewish families.

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

The Arts of Life  artsoflife.org
Provides adults with developmental disabilities an environment to experience personal growth.

Beacon Street Gallery & Theater
Serves the community with arts education programs.

Bear Necessities Pediatric 
Cancer Foundation
Works to eliminate pediatric cancer and provide hope and support.

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School  bzaeds.org  A co-ed Jewish day school offering programs from nursery through 8th grade.

Better Government Association
Works for integrity, transparency and accountability in government by exposing corruption and inefficiency. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of 
Metropolitan Chicago  bbbs.org
Helps children reach their potential through professional mentoring.

Big Shoulders Fund
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.

Boy Scouts of America, Chicago Area Council  chicagobsa.org  Gives youth skills to be successful in life.

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

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

Bridge Communities
Program of housing, mentoring and empowering homeless families.

Bright Hope International
brighthope.org  Works to provide physical, economic and spiritual help to those who live on less than $1/ day.

Cancer Wellness Center
Seeks to empower those affected by cancer to enhance the quality of their lives.
Cathedral Shelter of ChicagO cathedralshelter.org
Crisis intervention, addiction recovery, life skills development.

Catholic Charities
A very large charity dedicated to 
helping those in need. 

Catholic Extension
Provides funding and services to underresourced dioceses and parishes.

Center for Neighborhood 
Technology  cnt.org  
Promotes the development of sustainable communities.

Center on Halsted
Catalyst for the LGBT community that links and provides community resources.
Chapin Hall  chapinhall.org
Independent policy research center to improve policies and programs for children, youth, families and their 

The CHEST Foundation
chestfoundation.org  Provides resources to advance prevention and treatment of diseases of the chest.

Chicago Literacy Alliance
Helps bring literacy to the Chicago community.

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  
Creates, manages and leads volunteer projects.

Chicago Children’s Choir
Multiracial, multicultural children’s choir.

Chicago Children’s Museum
Seeks to create a community where play and learning connect. 

Chicago Coalition for the 
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 health services, economic security, freedom from violence. 

Chicago Gateway Green
Dedicated to the beautification of the Chicagoland area.

Chicago History Museum
Supports museum exhibitions and programs.

Chicago Lights  chicagolights.org
Community outreach programs, including an extensive tutoring program at Fourth Presbyterian Church. 

The Chicago Lighthouse
Provides opportunity for people who
are blind or visually impaired.

Chicago Literacy Alliance
Brings literacy for those whose native language is not English.

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

Chicago Public Education Fund
thefundchicago.org  Venture capital fund for public education.

Chicago Public Library Foundation  chicagolibraryfoundation.org
Public/private partnerships to enrich the collections and programs of the Chicago Public Library..

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

Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Arts education and showcase for works of Shakespeare.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
cso.org  Supports world-class symphony performances.

Chicago Youth Centers
Serving kids in the city’s roughest neighborhoods.

Child & Adolescent Bipolar 
Works to improve the lives of families raising children and teens living with bipolar disorder and related conditions.

Children’s Memorial Hospital
Strives to ensure the best care possible for critically ill children and their families. Will be the Ann and Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago in the summer of 2012.

Children’s Place Association
Helps children infected with HIV.

CURE-Citizens United for 
Research in Epilepsy
Dedicated to finding a cure and increase awareness of epilepsy.

Connections for Abused Women and their Children  cawc.org
Committed to ending domestic violence.

Conservation Foundation
Works to protect rivers and promote stewardship of our environment.

The Cradle  cradle.org
Illinois adoption agency.

Crossroads Fund
Raises money to support organizations working on social and economic justice.

CURE—Citizens United for 
Research in Epilepsy
cureepilepsy.org  Dedicated to finding a cure for  epilepsy and education.

Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund
dmsf.org  Provides four-year high school scholarships.

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

Demand Cures Today—The 
Gateway for Cancer Research.
Dedicated to funding breakthrough treatments for cancer patients.

DePaul University ART MUSEUM
museums.depaul.edu Supports a new Chicago art museum and programs.

DePaul University  depaul.edu
Largest Catholic university in the nation.

Dystonia Medical Research 
Foundation  dystonia-foundation.org
Strives to find a cure for dystonia and serve the families affected by it.

Easter Seals  easterseals.com
Helps children and adults with disabilites to gain greater independence.

Edward Hospital and Cancer Center  edward.org 
Seeks to find unique ways of treating cancer and supports animal-assisted therapy programs. 

Environmental Law and Policy Center  elpc.org
Helps achieve cleaner energy resources and promote conservation.

Erikson Institute  erikson.edu
Graduate school offering programs in child development.

Evans Scholars Foundation
Western Golf Association provides college scholarships to caddies of modest means.

FACT-Food Animal Concerns Trust
Seeks to improve the welfare of food-producing animals.

Families of Spinal Muscular 
Atrophy  fsma.org
Funds research and supports families.

Family Institute at Northwestern 
University  family-institute.org
Aims to strengthen and heal families from all walks of life.

Feeding America feedingamerica.org
Formerly Second Harvest, largest US 
domestic hunger-relief organization.

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

Fisher Foundation for Hearing Health Care hearinghealthcenter.com
Creates custom earplugs for Chicago-area soldiers sent overseas and offers education about hearing.

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

Friends of Epilepsy Foundation Greater Chicago
Provides counseling, advocacy and educational services to people with elilepsy and their families.

Friends of the Parks  fotp.org
Dedicated to preserving, protecting and improving the parks of Chicago and the forest preserves of Cook County.

Garfield Park Conservatory 
Alliance    garfield-conservatory.org
Strengthens community through the conservatory and surrounding neighborhood.

Geneva Foundation of 
Presbyterian Homes
Benevalent services for vulnerable older adults.

Gift of Hope  giftofhope.org
Organ, eye and tissure donor network and registry.

Glenwood School for Boys and Girls  glenwoodschool.org
Provides socially and economically disadvantaged children with a residential and education program.

Goodcity  goodcitychicago.org
Works to build communities in underserved neighborhoods.

Goodman Theatre
Chicago’s oldest and largest not-for-profit theatre.

Good News Partners
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
Distributes food through qualified agencies to feed the city’s hungry.

Habitat for Humanity   habitat.org
Builds affordable housing in partnership with those in need.

Hadley School for the Blind               
Distance education school for blind and visually impaired people, their families and blindness service professionals.

Health Education and Relief Foundation 
Provides immediate short-term help in the fields of health, education and permanent relief for individuals.

Health Research and Educational Trust hret.org
Works to transform health care through research and education.

Hooved Animal Humane Society      
Promotes the humane treatment of hooved animals through education, legislation, investigation and if necessary, intervention.

Howard Brown Health Center            howardbrown.org
Healthcare and wellness programs for LBGT community.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Contemporary dance company.

Humanitarian Service Project     
Helps area needy seniors and families with children.

Hyde Park Art Center
Helps fund free exhibitions and onsite, studio and outreach programs.

Illinois Institute of  Technology    
Technological PhD granting university.

Infant Welfare Society of Chicago infantwelfaresociety.org
Provides health care and services to disadvantaged children and women. 

Inspiration Corporation
Assists individuals who are chronically homeless, unemployed or underemployed and struggling. 
International Fellowship of Christians and Jews  ifcj.org
Promotes greater understanding of Christians and Jews and works to build support for Israel.

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

Jewish Community Center of Chicago    gojcc.org
Promotes Jewish values to children.

Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago 
Provides critical resources and assistance to Chicagoans of all faiths and Jews around the world.

The Joffrey Ballet   joffrey.com
Ballet company and training center.

Kidney Cancer Association           
Source for information and support about living with kidney cancer.

Kohl Children’s Museum
Donations fund exhibits, educational 
Lake Forest Academy   lfanet.org       
150 year old secondary education institution.

Lake County Cares
Matches volunteers with those of need.

Latin School of Chicago     
College preparatory school established in 1888.

Leadership Resources 
Evangelical missions agency.

Leukemia Research Foundation            
Funds research into causes and cures and support families.

Life Span   life-span.org
Provides counseling to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Lions Clubs International 
Lions give sight, support youth, provide disaster relief and combat disability.

Lincoln Park Zoo  lpzoo.com
Helps support worldwide animal 
care and conservation initiatives. 

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

Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly  
Brings companionship and social 
interaction to isolated elders.

Little City Foundation
Helping children and adults with autism and developmental disabilities.

Little Sisters of the Poor of Palatine—St Joseph’s Home for the Elderly  littlesistersofthepoor.org
Provides care for elderly in need.

Louise Tumarkin Zazove 
Foundation  ltzfoundation.org
Provides scholarships for those who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Loyola University of Chicago            
Jesuit Catholic university.

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

Lutheran Children and  Family Services   lcfs.org
Social services agency for all faiths, races and ethnic backgrounds.

Lutheran Social Services of 
Illinois   lssi.org 
LSSI, which has been bringing healing, justice and wholeness to people and communities since 1867, is the statewide agency of the three Illinois synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. 

Lynn Sage Foundation
Committed to the discovery of a cure for breast cancer. Supports patients and gives grants to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

Lyric Opera of Chicago         
Gives matinee dress rehearsal tickets to under-served seniors.

Make-A-Wish Foundation              wishes.org
Grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

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

Merit School of Music               
meritmusic.org   Provides music 
education to Chicago children.

Metropolitan Family Services            metrofamily.org
Serves needs of families in Chicago and suburbs.

Supports 550 children and adults with mild to profound developmental disabilities from all backgrounds.

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

MPD Foundation     mpdfoundation.org
Promotes meaningful medical research into myeloproliferative disorders.

Multiple Myeloma Research 
Foundation  themmrf.org
Dedicated to finding a cure. Highly rated for accountablility and transparency.

Mujeres Latinas en Acción
mujereslatinasenaccion.org  Seeks to empower women, their families and youth to become self-reliant.

MCA Chicago  mcachicago.org
Devoted to contemporary art.

Museum of Science and Industry
Helps maintain building and exhibits and supports 
education opportunities.

Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park
govst.edu/sculpture  105 acres of prairie landscape with 26 sculptures, open 365 days a year.

National Anti-Vivisection Society  
NAVS promotes greater compassion, respect and 
justice for animals. 
National Council of YMCAs    ymca.net
Nurtures the potential of kids and helps people live healthier lives.

National-Louis University  niu.nl.edu
Undergraduate and graduate university serving students from Chicagoland to Poland.

National Museum of Mexican  Art     
Art museum dedicated to the works of Mexican and Mexican American artists.

Nature Conservancy   
Protecting nature, preserving life.

Network Chicago   
Chicago’s public TV and classical music radio 

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.

NorthShore Foundation
Seeks to preserve and improve human life. Gifts help provide medical care, research and services.

Northern Illinois Food Bank          
northernillinoisfoodbank.org  Serves a 12-county area distributing food to those in need.

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

North Shore Country Day School   nscds.org
JK-12 college prep school founded in 1919.
Northwestern Memorial FOUNDATION  nmh.org
Contributions support the hospital’s capital, research, education and community service initiatives.

Northwestern University   northwestern.edu
Consists of 12 schools, graduate and professional programs at 10 of the schools.

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
naturemusem.org  Supports exhibits, public education, conservation initiatives and operations.

Opportunity International   opportunity.org
Provides microfinance loans, savings, insurance and training.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation     
Supports research and education in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Organic School Project  organicschoolproject.org
Seeks to help 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.

Piven Theatre Workshop  piventheatre.org
Provides scholarships, workshops and mentorship.

Planned Parenthood Chicago Area
Health centers provide a wide range of reproductive care services.

Prevent Blindness  preventblindness.net
Dedicated to saving sight.

Rainbow Push Coalition  rainbowpush.org
Provides community services and fights for social change.

Resurrection Health Care  Giving.Reshealth.org
Offers exceptional quality and full continuum of care.

Roycemore School   roycemoreschool.org 
College preparatory school in Evanston.

Rush University Medical Center  rush.edu
Aims to provide best possible care to patients, promote research, support students, local communities.
Salvation Army salvationarmyusa.org
Charity and social services organization with many outreach programs. 

Save-A-Pet Adoption Center  animalshelter.org
Dog and cat adoptions. Pets are held indefinitely.

Science and arts academy scienceandartsacademy.org  School for gifted students from pre-school through 8th grade.

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

SOS Children’s Villages Illinois         
Programs and services to help vulnerable children.

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

St. Vincent de Paul Center  svdpc.org
Serves the needs of the working poor with child care, services for the elderly, those in need and the homeless.

Starlight Children’s Foundation  starlight.org
Helps children with chronic and life-threatening 
illnesses cope with prolonged illness.

Swedish Covenant Hospital
Strives to meet the needs of a diverse community and provide compassionate care.

Teen Living Programs  teenliving.org
Offers help to homeless teens.

THE art center of highland park
Offers classes and workshops and funds scholarships.

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

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

Ukranian Catholic Education Foundation          
ucef.org  Educates Americans about the needs of the Ukranian Catholic Church.

United Cerebral Palsy  ucp.org
Service provider and advocate for adults and children with disabilities, including cerebral palsy.

United States Hispanic Leadership Institute      
ushli.org  Empowers minorities and similarly disenfranchised groups by maximizing civic awareness and participation in the electoral process.

United Way of Metropolitan Chicago  uw-mc.org
Brings together leaders from government, corporations, human service providers and the community to develop solutions to local issues.

University of Chicago  uchicago.edu
World-famous university founded in 1892 by John D. Rockefeller.

University of Chicago Hospitals
Physicians and scientists aim to provide excellent care and develop treatments and prevention. 

Urban Gateways Center for Arts Education   
urbangateways.org  Provides in- and out-of-school arts programming to more than 100,000 children in metropolitan Chicago every year.

Village Treasure House villagetreasurehouse.com
Helps women and childresn in need. Has unique consignment shop of home furnishings and accessories.

Walter Payton Liver Center (UIC)
Changing and saving lives, located at the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago. Dedicated to understanding liver diseases and organ donations.

Warm Blankets Orphan Care International    
Christian mission, dedicated to the rescue of 
orphans and widows through third world.

The Wetlands Initiative  wetlands-initiative.org
Dedicated to restoring the wetland resources of the Midwest. 

Women’s Business Development Center     
Designs, develops and produces affordable housing for families, elderly and groups with special needs.

Women’s Global Education Project
womensglobal.org  Seeks to provide universal education and empower women worldwide.

Women’s health foundation
Education about pelvic health education

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

Y-ME Foundation   y-me.org Breast cancer support.

YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago  ymcachgo.org
Established in 1858, the organization helps people to build stronger communities. 

YWCA Evanston   ywca.org/evanston
Seeks to empower women.

Zonta International Foundation   zonta.org
Advances the status of women worldwide, empowering them through education and making ending violence against women a top priority.

Published: December 04, 2011
Issue: 2011 Philanthropy Issue