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13thirty Cancer Connect

Empowering And Connecting Young Adults With Cancer

Empowering And Connecting Young Adults With Cancer

The mission of 13thirty Cancer Connect is to help adolescents and young adults (AYAs) impacted by cancer live their very best lives – today! Founded after the death of 18-year-old Melissa Sengbusch in 2001, 13thirty Cancer Connect bridges the gap for AYAs with cancer, ages 13-30, who often get caught in the middle of pediatric and adult medicine. We provide essential peer support programs for AYAs with cancer, both virtually and in-person, in order to meet their unique needs and connect them with others who "get it." With a strong focus on fitness and nutrition, expressive arts and meaningful social interaction, we are making a difference for AYAs with cancer by diminishing isolation, enhancing quality of life, and heightening awareness for this underserved population of cancer patients.

Headquarters

Rochester, NY

Reach

International

Founded

2001

Contact

Staff@13thirty.org

(585) 563-6221

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Battle Buddies

Providing A Buddy And A Break For Children Battling Pediatric Cancer

Providing A Buddy And A Break For Children Battling Pediatric Cancer

BATTLE BUDDIES is a nonprofit that seeks to raise the spirits of pediatric cancer patients in metro Chicago by pairing them with local young adult volunteers, who meet with the young patients on a biweekly basis. Our mission is to provide a break from the hardships and stress involved in battling cancer and allow the children to hang out and kick back with a buddy. During these interactions, partners can color, play games, read books, and talk. Founded by five seniors in high school who have all been closely touched by cancer, BATTLE BUDDIES aims to distract the children from the pain of treatment through mentorship, admiration, and friendship.

Headquarters

Lake Forest, IL

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Local

Founded

2017

Contact

BattleBuddiesLF@gmail.com

(224) 246-0632

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Beyond Sports Foundation

Using The Power Of Sport
To Transform Lives

Using The Power Of Sport To Transform Lives

Beyond Sports Foundation uses the power of sport to transform lives by turning athletic ability into life opportunity. We work with student-athletes from under-resourced families in underserved communities to help them become strong candidates for college athletic scholarships. Many of our student-athletes are from populations that are under-represented on college campuses, and some are first generation college students. Beyond Sports Foundation helps prepare student-athletes for college and beyond by strengthening their academic, athletic, and life skills based on our four pillars of engagement: academic development, athletic training, professional development, and mentorship/social responsibility. While sport is valuable, we reinforce that sport will end one day and that an education will last a lifetime.

Headquarters

Highland Park, IL

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Local

Founded

2009

Contact

Info@BeyondSports.org

(847) 978-8190

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Bottomless Toy Chest

Bringing Toys, Joy And Hope To Children With Cancer

Bringing Toys, Joy And Hope To Children With Cancer

The Bottomless Toy Chest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization devoted to delivering empowering toys, craft projects, and interactive activities to hospitalized pediatric oncology patients. Our mission is to lift the spirits and promote a positive state of mind in young cancer patients by providing them with engaging, empowering activities while they are going through treatment. This year we will deliver over 30,000 toys and activities through our seven key programs: Inpatient Toy Program, Outpatient Toy Program, Tons of Toys Holiday Event, Red Carpet Movie Event, Hospital Survivor Celebrations, Toy-tacular, and Superhero Day. The Bottomless Toy Chest was founded by Mickey Guisewhite, who during her young son’s months-long battle with cancer, saw firsthand the healing power of joy, hope and smiles.

Headquarters

Troy, MI

Reach

United States

Founded

2008

Contact

Info@BottomlessToyChest.org

(248) 646-8931

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Camp Quality USA

Summer Camps And Year-Round Programs To Let Kids With Cancer
Be Kids Again

Summer Camps And Year-Round Programs To Let Kids With Cancer Be Kids Again

Camp Quality serves children with cancer and their families by providing year-round programs, experiences, and companionship—at no cost. We host weeklong overnight summer camps at 18 locations in 13 states. Most of our locations offer additional year-round events including teen weekends, family overnights, sibling retreats, reunions and much more! We dedicate ourselves to offering not only opportunities for our campers to be kids, but also for their families to spend much needed time together. Our goal is to promote hope and inspiration while helping children foster life skills and develop their full potential.

Headquarters

Akron, OH

Reach

United States

Founded

1986

Contact

(330) 671-0167

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Chicago Area Alternative Education League (CAAEL)

Providing Interscholastic Athletic, Artistic, And Academic Activities To Underserved Alternative Education Students

Providing Interscholastic Athletic, Artistic, And Academic Activities To Underserved Alternative Education Students

The Chicago Area Alternative Education League (CAAEL) seeks to eliminate the athletic-and-activity gap facing at-risk/special education students who have been removed from mainstream schools for severe behavioral and emotional issues. Extracurricular activities encourage peer interaction, promote cooperation, build student-adult relationships and help strengthen the student-school connection. Students who participate in these activities achieve higher grade point averages, miss fewer days of school, and are more likely to graduate. Yet students sent to alternative schools due to behavioral and emotional issues—the very students who need these activities the most—lose access to these vital programs. CAAEL fills this gap for these challenging and often forgotten students, while providing educators a powerful set of tools to instill hope and change lives. Each year, CAAEL offers more than 1,000 school activities (athletic games, art events, spelling bees, academic bowls, etc.) to more than 5,000 students from 30 Illinois counties.

Headquarters

La Grange, IL

Reach

State

Founded

1976

Website

CAAEL.org

Contact

Info@CAAEL.org

(708) 771-2042

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Chicago Run

Empowering Chicago Youth & Building Community Through Sport & Fitness

Empowering Chicago Youth & Building Community Through Sport & Fitness

Chicago Run’s mission is to enhance the health and wellness of Chicago children through innovative, engaging, and sustainable youth running programs. Chicago Run provides programs to Chicago children and youth from pre-k through high school in low-income neighborhoods. These programs aim to instill the daily habit of physical activity, build leadership skills, break down cultural barriers, and promote social emotional learning through running and fitness..

Headquarters

Chicago, IL

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Chicagoland Area

Founded

2007

Contact

(773) 961-8470

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Community Currency

Foreign Change For Change

Foreign Change For Change

Co-founded by a group of diverse, passionate Northwestern University students, COMMUNITY CURRENCY (CC) seeks to chip away at educational inequalities by optimizing on the fact that more than 90% of international travelers return to the United States with leftover foreign currency. Here’s how it works: (1) CC collects foreign currency in international airports, college study-abroad offices, and banks; (2) the foreign currency is converted into American money; and (3) that money directly supports disadvantaged Chicagoland children’s participation in summer camps at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago. We dream to ensure that the zip code you’re born in doesn’t determine the story of your life.

Headquarters

Evanston, IL

Reach

Regional

Founded

2016

Contact

Contact@CommCurrency.com

(614) 975-0273

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Compass To Care

Helping Children With Cancer Travel To Treatment

Helping Children With Cancer Travel To Treatment

COMPASS TO CARE CHILDHOOD CANCER FOUNDATION, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides access to life-saving cancer treatment for children with cancer whose parents cannot afford transportation to the hospital. We carry out this mission by scheduling and paying for all travel and lodging to get children to the hospital where they can receive the best cancer care. By taking the travel burdens off a family, they can focus on what is most important, their child. In 1974, Michelle Ernsdorff-May was diagnosed with kidney cancer at 14 months old. With no treatment available near her Iowa home, her parents took her 200 miles to the Mayo Clinic. Michelle founded COMPASS TO CARE in honor of the emotional and financial struggle her parents endured traveling for her cancer treatment for almost two years. COMPASS TO CARE has supported 375 children in 10,018 cancer-related trips for more than 1,467,194 miles traveled to hospitals and 20,766 days of cancer treatment.

Headquarters

Chicago, IL

Reach

United States

Founded

2009

Contact

Info@CompassToCare.org

(773) 657-3269

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Detroit Public Schools Foundation

Creating And Enhancing Educational Opportunities For Detroit Public Schools Community District Students, Families, And Educators

Creating And Enhancing Educational Opportunities For Detroit Public Schools Community District Students, Families, And Educators

We at the Detroit Public Schools Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, are dedicated and committed to bringing resources to students in the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD). During 2016-2018, we distributed over $4.2 million in grants to schools, teachers, and nonprofit organizations operating in the schools. Our funding resulted in our students receiving new technology, scholarships, state-of-the-art resources, opportunities for career development and education, and access to field trips and other programs offered by dozens of cultural arts organizations. Our goal is to help ensure that every student in the DPSCD receives high-quality support for college and career readiness.

Headquarters

Detroit, MI

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Local

Founded

2003

Website

dpsfdn.org

Contact

(313) 873-3348

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Dreams For Kids

Replacing Charity With Opportunity

Replacing Charity With Opportunity

DREAMS FOR KIDS trains and mentors local youth, in grades 10-11, to become social entrepreneurs. We provide practical education, real world training and contemporary job skills so that the students can create social enterprises that provide solutions to society’s critical social issues and help others. Our signature program is a 10-lesson, project-based curriculum that is delivered by teachers in class and supported by workforce community mentors beyond school. With the guidance of these professionals, students channel their learning into the creation of social impact enterprises, where they apply business principles to ventures that drive profit and solve critical social issues. By the end of the program, the students can create and manage an enterprise that brings positive social change.

Headquarters

Chicago, IL

Reach

United States

Founded

1989

Contact

(312) 585-4995

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

empowerHER

Supporting Young Girls Who Have Lost Their Mothers

Supporting Young Girls Who Have Lost Their Mothers

empowerHER is a nonprofit organization founded in 2013 with a very specific mission—to empower, support and connect girls of all ages who have experienced the early loss of their mothers. We provide an integrated series of Events For Girls and a 1:1 Mentor Match Program. Our events (Mother’s Day Retreat, Annual Beach Bash, Writing Workshops, Yoga Classes, etc.) offer a fun time and place to learn, laugh and celebrate life. Our mentor program instills hope and confidence, provides a shared community of sisterhood, and reduces feelings of isolation for the girls as they deal with their grief. Founded by a woman who at 9 years old lost her 37-year-old mother to breast cancer, empowerHER now serves more than 140 girls in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York.

Headquarters

Boston, MA

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Regional

Founded

2013

Contact

Info@EmpoweringHer.org

(617) 648-9559

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Erika's Lighthouse

A Beacon of Hope for Adolescent Depression

A Beacon of Hope for Adolescent Depression

“Erika’s Lighthouse: A Beacon of Hope for Adolescent Depression” is a nonprofit organization committed to raising awareness about teen depression in middle school and high school communities at no cost to schools. Founded in 2004 after Ginny and Tom Neuckranz lost their 14-year-old daughter to adolescent depression, Erika’s Lighthouse aims to eliminate the stigma surrounding depression and empower young people to take ownership of their mental health. Through evidence-informed programs and countless other web-based resources, Erika's Lighthouse works to "Get Depression Out of the Dark."

Headquarters

Winnetka, IL

Reach

United States

Founded

2004

Contact

Info@ErikasLighthouse.org

(847) 386-6481

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Fill A Heart For Kids

Bringing Joy And Positive Experiences to Homeless And Foster Children

Bringing Joy And Positive Experiences to Homeless And Foster Children

Fill A Heart 4 Kids is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide positive experiences for homeless youth and foster children so that they feel loved and valued. Volunteers take children to the movies, help celebrate a child’s birthday or special holiday, and write thoughtful notes to the children. In addition, volunteers make care packages filled with gifts for special occasions and survival packs filled with immediate basic necessities like blankets and toiletries. The goal is that these positive experiences will help heal children’s hearts, restore their dignity, and increase their self-worth for a brighter future. Founded by a family that began taking in homeless children more than a decade ago, Fill A Heart 4 Kids has helped more than 1,350 children.

Headquarters

Lake Forest, IL

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State

Founded

2016

Contact

Info@FillAHeart4Kids.org

(847) 867-1000

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

ForeverU

Personal Development Programs Empowering Youth To Overcome Adversity

Personal Development Programs Empowering Youth To Overcome Adversity

ForeverU is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers youth to overcome adversity by offering personal development camps, retreats, and after-school programs that equip them to face life's greatest challenges and obstacles. Our programming helps students in grades 7-12 to grow their emotional intelligence, accelerate their character development, and ignite an internal desire for personal achievement. Whether a student is battling depression or self-worth, experiencing bullying at school, navigating a difficult home life, struggling with suicidal thoughts, or something in between, we give them the life skills to live with courage, confidence, and compassion. As a high school sophomore, Ryan Hesslau founded the organization after researching the stories of students his age who had died by suicide because of life circumstances that went unseen. Their stories became his motivation for developing a creative solution to ensure that youth who were struggling had the resilience to keep living.

Headquarters

Mokena, IL

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State

Founded

2014

Contact

Info@ForeverUmovement.org

(877) 456-0692

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Friendship Circle

Offering Friendship To Individuals With Special Needs

Offering Friendship To Individuals With Special Needs

FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE is founded upon the idea that within each person is a soul; and that soul is equal and worthy of boundless love. With this inspiration, the lives of the families we serve are enhanced while the volunteers reap the rewards of selfless giving. FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE creates friendship in the lives of individuals with special needs and those facing isolation while providing an opportunity to become a contributing member of the community. Through our programming, FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE aims to promote an inclusive community that values all individuals regardless of the challenges they face.

Headquarters

West Bloomfield, MI

Reach

United States

Founded

1994

Contact

(248) 788-7878

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Girls in the Game

Providing Sports, Health And Leadership Programs For Girls

Providing Sports, Health And Leadership Programs For Girls

At GIRLS IN THE GAME, every girl finds her voice, discovers her strength and leads with confidence through fun and active sports, health and leadership programs.

Headquarters

Chicago, IL

Reach

United States

Founded

1995

Contact

(312) 633-4263

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

i.c.stars

Jumpstarts Tech Careers For Low-Income Adults

Jumpstarts Tech Careers For Low-Income Adults

Founded by a teacher who saw one of her most talented former students working for minimum wage as a housekeeper, i.c.stars seeks to create economic opportunities for people who are highly talented but lack career opportunities because of their socioeconomic background. Our two-year, development-and-leadership program combines project-based learning, full immersion teaching, and industry networking. The highly selective program, which accepts only 20 candidates out of 200 applicants for each class, focuses on Chicago-area, low-income young adults who demonstrate promising technology talent and an extraordinary dedication to positive community impact. Fundamental to i.c.stars is our belief that the more adversity we have faced, the more resilient we become.

Headquarters

Chicago, IL

Reach

Regional

Founded

1999

Contact

info@icstars.org

(312) 640-3850

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

In Her Shoes Foundation

Empower And Inspire Every Woman And Girl To Be Her Personal Best

Empower And Inspire Every Woman And Girl To Be Her Personal Best

In Her Shoes Foundation (IHSF) is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to embrace and encourage the potential of all women and girls by providing positive influences, learning opportunities, leadership development, and community partnerships. The flagship program—“Ready Set Girls Academy”—is a curriculum that provides teens in middle school and high school with life skills, coping techniques, and self-esteem improvement. IHSF’s professional development program for women—“Ready Set Women Academy”—offers practical tips and guidance on issues from pay negotiations to resume support, leadership to work-life balance, and positive personal growth to workplace achievement. Lastly, the “Giving Back Program” offers volunteer opportunities and partnerships in the Chicago community. After serving as a crisis counselor to young girls and women on the South Side and North Shore of Chicago for more than a decade, Kasia Wereszczynska founded IHSF to further inspire and empower girls and women across Chicago.

Headquarters

Chicago, IL

Reach

State

Founded

2011

Contact

Info@InHerShoesFoundation.org

(847) 867-9585

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Inner City Education Program

Academic And Hockey Opportunities For Low-Income Children In First Grade And Up

Academic And Hockey Opportunities For Low-Income Children In First Grade And Up

Inspired by one of the co-founder’s experience of coaching hockey for low-income inner-city children in West Garfield Park, INNER-CITY EDUCATION PROGRAM (ICE) was established to help low-income children obtain educational and hockey opportunities not otherwise available to them. ICE offers educational scholarships to Chicago area students (1st grade through college) who actively play hockey, demonstrate financial need and a strong personal character, maintain a 2.5 GPA and a satisfactory disciplinary record, and do 80 hours of community service during the summer. Each scholarship recipient receives a pre-screened mentor who provides academic, professional, and personal guidance/assistance, so that the student-athlete is empowered to make positive life choices. ICE also provides free hockey practices twice a week—along with an hour of mandatory academic tutoring before each practice—for more than 150 girls and boys in the Chicagoland area.

Headquarters

Chicago, IL

Reach

Local

Founded

2003

Contact

Info@InnerCityEducation.org

(773) 750-4217

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Junior Economic Club Of Chicago

Economic Education
For High School Students

Economic Education
For High School Students

The Junior Economic Club of Chicago (JEC) is an entirely student-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that sparks and facilitates meaningful discussion about economic issues between determined high school students. We achieve our goal by hosting economic forums featuring leading figures of Chicago’s business world, producing a quarterly newspaper written by students about contemporary economic issues, and connecting students with the resources and people they need to make a difference. JEC members also participate in service-learning projects aimed to give back to all communities in Chicago. Inspired by The Economic Club of Chicago, the JEC is an entirely independent entity of more than 80 high school students from across Chicago.

Headquarters

Chicago, IL

Reach

Local

Founded

2014

Contact

Board@JuniorEconomicClub.org

(312) 925-1565

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Kids Have Hope

End Child Abuse

End Child Abuse

KIDS HAVE HOPE is dedicated to stopping and preventing child abuse through education and empowerment. KIDS HAVE HOPE goes into schools and teaches students, teachers, and parents anti-abuse, anti-violence, and anti-bullying skills using an evidence-based curriculum. Our mission is to raise awareness and to educate, prevent, and stop child abuse.

Headquarters

Chicago, IL

Reach

United States

Founded

2009

Contact

(888) 806-8481

info@KidsHaveHope.org

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Kids Kicking Cancer

Easing the Pain of Very Sick Children Through Martial Arts Therapy

Easing the Pain of Very Sick Children Through Martial Arts Therapy

KIDS KICKING CANCER is a non-profit organization that provides therapeutic martial arts classes and hospital visits for children and teens. Our mission is to ease the pain of very sick children while empowering them to heal physically, spiritually and emotionally. Through an innovative program that merges modern integrative medicine with traditional martial arts, KIDS KICKING CANCER addresses the overwhelming needs of children with illness. Specially trained black belt martial artists teach breathing, visualization, and relaxation techniques, in addition to traditional martial arts moves to help empower the children and provide them with a sense of power, peace and purpose. Martial arts classes, support during hospital and clinic procedures, and uniforms, are provided to families at no cost.

Headquarters

Southfield, MI

Reach

International

Founded

1999

Contact

(248) 864-8238

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Kids Off The Block

Providing At-Risk, Low-Income Youth With Positive Alternatives To Gangs, Drugs, Truancy, And Violence

Providing At-Risk, Low-Income Youth With Positive Alternatives To Gangs, Drugs, Truancy, Violence, And The Juvenile Justice System

Founded by CNN Hero Diane Latiker, KIDS OFF THE BLOCK (“KOB”) provides a positive place for “at risk” kids to come “off the block” for programs and events conducted in a safe and caring environment. Latiker began KOB by opening up her home to 10 kids in the community to steer them away from the daily negative influences that they experienced. 15 years later, KOB has serviced more than 3,000 kids through health workshops, cultural events, educational tutoring, and celebrations in their honor for achievements and participation.

Headquarters

Chicago, IL

Reach

Local

Founded

2003

Contact

(773) 941-6864

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Kindness Connection

Inspiring Youth To Be Lifelong Volunteers

Inspiring Youth To Be Lifelong Volunteers

The Kindness Connection (TKC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that fosters the next generation of volunteers by offering service-learning opportunities to youth in the Chicago metropolitan area. Children are able to pick a handmade arts-and-crafts project that, when completed, will be donated to a nonprofit and given to a person or animal in need. TKC has delivered art pieces to more than 40 nonprofit organizations serving senior citizens, youth, animals, or veterans. TKC believes that positive volunteer experiences early in life have the power to inspire individuals and make the practice of giving time and resources to charitable and civic causes an intrinsic part of their lives.

Headquarters

Wilmette, IL

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Local

Founded

1997

Contact

Info@TheKindnessConnection.org

(847) 807-9340

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

La Casa Norte

Providing More Than Housing ... Hope!

Providing More Than Housing ... Hope!

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.

Headquarters

Chicago, IL

Reach

Local

Founded

2002

Contact

Info@LaCasaNorte.org

(773) 276-4900

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

LaunchU

College/Career Mentoring For Underserved High School Seniors

College/Career Mentoring For Underserved High School Seniors

Launch U is a college and career mentoring program that pairs young professionals as mentors to high achieving but underserved scholars during their senior year of high school and beyond.

Headquarters

Chicago, IL

Reach

Chicago

Founded

2005

Website

LaunchU.org

Contact

(312) 805-3198

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Lawrence Hall

Hope, Healing And Resiliency For Children Who Have Suffered Trauma

Hope, Healing And Resiliency For Children Who Have Suffered Trauma

Lawrence Hall is a community-based service agency embracing at-risk youth and their families by instilling resilience, healing and changing lives for good. Serving over 1,200 youth and families annually, Lawrence Hall cares for newborns to 24-year-olds. Our five-core programs—"Project Work” (job training, placement and mentoring), “Foster Care” (safe, secure and nurturing homes), “Education” (therapeutic day school and experiential learning), “Therapeutic Treatment” (residential treatment and canine, music, art and recreational therapies), and “Living” (transitional and independent living)—are designed to promote overall well-being and empower young people who have experienced trauma. With locations throughout Chicago, Lawrence Hall is invested in communities and dedicated to providing preventive programming and services that can allow families and young people to thrive.

Headquarters

Chicago, IL

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Regional

Founded

1865

Contact

Information@LawrenceHall.org

(773) 769-3500

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Little Heroes League

Care Coordination For Medically Complex Babies

Care Coordination For Medically Complex Babies

LITTLE HEROES LEAGUE helps babies born with multiple health challenges achieve their best life outcomes by providing care coordination that begins as early as birth in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and continues through hospital discharge to home. Together with the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, we are implementing a first-in-the-country program to provide care coordination for infants with medical complexity and their families to address this critical need in the hospital, at home, and in the community. An affiliated organization of Lurie Children’s, LITTLE HEROES LEAGUE was founded by the parents and grandparents of Livi, who spent over 150 days in the ICU in her first year of life spread over four visits that required three heart surgeries (two open heart), one intestine surgery, intensive vision and hearing tests, numerous sedations, and countless therapies.

Headquarters

Chicago, IL

Reach

Regional

Founded

2017

Contact

Info@LittleHeroesLeague.org

(847) 861-0250

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Little Wish Foundation

Bringing Hope, Comfort And Joy To Kids Battling Cancer

Bringing Hope, Comfort And Joy To Kids Battling Cancer

The Little Wish Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that grants “little wish gifts” to children with cancer to provide hope, comfort and joy. Teenager Liz Niemiec founded Little Wish after her family-friend Max died of a rare kidney cancer. Max’s little wish, which his parents granted, was to have a pet dog. When Liz saw how much happiness the dog created for Max, she decided to make “little wish gifts” come true for other children fighting cancer. Little Wish partners with pediatric oncology departments at hospitals across the country and has granted more than 1800 wishes, such as gaming systems, musical instruments, concert tickets, pets, laptops, and many more.

Headquarters

Indianapolis, IN

Reach

United States

Founded

2010

Contact

Info@LittleWishFoundation.org

(317) 376-3676

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Live Like Jake Foundation

To End Childhood Drowning

To End Childhood Drowning

Jake Roarke Morrison lost his life on November 30, 2013 to a drowning accident, and his parents created the Live Like Jake Foundation to raise awareness for childhood drowning prevention. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children under the age of four, after birth defects, and it is our mission to end these avoidable tragedies. Live Like Jake provides scholarships for ISR (Infant Swimming Resource) self-rescue swim lessons across the nation, as well as financial assistance to families with funeral and medical expenses after a drowning accident.

Headquarters

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Reach

United States

Founded

2014

Contact

LiveLikeJake@gmail.com

(561) 441-7611

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

MakerGirl

Inspire Girls To Be Active In Science, Technology, Engineering And Math (STEM)

Inspire Girls To Be Active In Science, Technology, Engineering And Math (STEM)

MAKERGIRL aims to inspire girls aged 7-10 years old about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), by offering sessions led by university women experienced with STEM. All of our sessions inspire girls to develop their creativity and technical skills through 3D printing and other cutting edge technologies. Girls design and print an object and learn about women leaders and innovative companies in STEM. Our mission is that MakerGirls become the driving impact for equality and diversity in both education and the workplace because they live and dream as unstoppable forces who say “Yes” to the STEM challenges of the future!

Headquarters

Champaign and Chicago, IL

Reach

Regional

Founded

2014

Contact

(618) 322-6078

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Momcology

Peer Support for Primary Caregivers of Children Diagnosed With Cancer

Peer Support for Primary Caregivers of Children Diagnosed With Cancer

Momcology is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that reduces the feelings of isolation for primary caregivers of children diagnosed with cancer and provides caregiver-information sharing through a robust national network of parents. Through integrating modern connecting technology with real-time information sharing, Momcology provides online and in-person peer social support. Programs include moderated and guideline-based peer-support communities via social networking, national restorative retreats, hospital peer-to-peer support group programs, local connecting events, and much more. Founded by moms with children fighting cancer, Momcology allows parents to connect anywhere, and at anytime, with other parents who have traveled a similar path. Momcology has reached over 8,500 families and currently connects over 200 families per month.

Headquarters

Jacksonville, FL

Reach

International

Founded

2011

Contact

Info@Momcology.org

(734) 770-6635

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Nora Project

Teaching Empathy By Sparking Friendships Between Students And Their Peers With Disabilities

Teaching Empathy By Sparking Friendships Between Students And Their Peers With Disabilities

The Nora Project aims to normalize difference, demystify disability, and promote meaningful connections between students and their peers with disabilities. The Nora Project’s central program is an elementary-school curriculum that pairs children with disabilities ("Nora Friends") with students in participating classrooms. These students engage their Nora Friends in fun activities and learn all about them by interviewing those who know them best. They capture photographs and video footage of their Nora Project experiences on iPads and, at the end of the year, they compile what they’ve captured to create a mini-documentary sharing the story of each Nora Friend. The documentaries are debuted at a red-carpet film festival celebrating empathy, friendship, and all of the things that make us human . . . because everyone has a story.

Headquarters

Chicago, IL

Reach

United States

Founded

2016

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

One For One

Providing Opportunities And Resources For Youth Affected By Violence In Chicago

Providing Opportunities And Resources For Youth Affected By Violence In Chicago

One For One supports young adults living in Chicago’s most dangerous and violent communities. For more than a decade, our organization has been dedicated to breaking the cycle of violence by enriching the lives of youth, allowing them to connect and thrive within their communities and beyond. Through programming, workshops, mentorship and employment, we provide opportunities that nurture values and integrity, and help individuals forge a positive future. Our signature “Keeping Grounded Greenhouse Program” offers immersive job training and ongoing workshops to high school students in a safe and nurturing environment on a 4,000-square-foot urban farm. Originally founded as the Ferrer Foundation and focused on children of incarcerated parents, the organization has evolved its mission over the years to best serve youth living in Chicago communities where violence is prevalent.

Headquarters

Chicago, IL

Reach

Regional

Founded

2007

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Open Books

Transforming Lives Through Reading, Writing And The Unlimited Power Of Used Books

Transforming Lives Through Reading, Writing And The Unlimited Power Of Used Books

OPEN BOOKS is a nonprofit social venture that provides literacy experiences for thousands of readers each year through inspiring programs and creative capitalization of books.

Headquarters

Chicago, IL

Reach

International

Founded

2006

Contact

(312) 475-1355

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Open Heart Magic

Empowering Sick Kids In Children's Hospitals. Like Magic.

Empowering Sick Kids In Children's Hospitals. Like Magic.

OPEN HEART MAGIC teams up with children’s hospitals to empower young patients undergoing intense stress, fear and sadness from serious disease and intense medical protocols. Teams of certified children’s hospital magicians, all volunteers, go where few charities go and work with children in pediatric intensive care, in-patient oncology, burn units and the emergency room as a regular part of their regular medical treatment. With experience at twelve children’s hospitals and an annual reach of over 13,000 kids, OPEN HEART MAGIC is dedicated to bringing hope and happiness to strengthen kids fighting to get better.

Headquarters

Chicago, IL

Reach

Regional

Founded

2002

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Pediatric Oncology

Providing Toys And Smiles To Kids With Cancer

Providing Toys And Smiles To Kids With Cancer

The mission of the PEDIATRIC ONCOLOGY TREASURE CHEST FOUNDATION is to provide comfort and distraction from painful procedures to children and teens who have been diagnosed with cancer by providing toys, gifts and gift cards from a treasure chest.

Headquarters

Orland Park, IL

Reach

United States

Founded

1996

Contact

708-687-TOYS

potcf@sbcglobal.net

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Purple Asparagus

Purple Asparagus Educates Children, Families And The Community About Eating That Is Good For The Body And The Planet

Purple Asparagus Educates Children, Families And The Community About Eating That Is Good For The Body And The Planet

Our award-winning program, Delicious Nutritious Adventures, brings healthy foods to life in Chicago elementary school classrooms. Students are introduced to a seasonal ingredient each month, starting with apples in October and ending with berries in June. Each class, kids get to touch, feel, smell, and of course, taste. Lessons culminate with children making three simple recipes accomplished from start to finish at their desks. Your support brings our healthy eating programs to more children, more families, and more communities!

Headquarters

Chicago, IL

Reach

International

Founded

2005

Contact

(312) 906-7622

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Rainbows For All Children

Support For Children As They Navigate Grief And Heal From Loss

Support For Children As They Navigate Grief And Heal From Loss

Rainbows for All Children is dedicated to guiding youth—ages 3 to 18—through the storms of life. Our mission is to be the premier source of support for all children as they navigate grief and heal from loss, whether from death, divorce, deployment, incarceration, or other trauma. Rainbows fosters awareness that youth require support to heal. Our Rainbows-trained facilitators use age-appropriate, evidence-based curriculum to lead peer support groups in schools, faith-based organizations, and community centers. Rainbows' programs are available to all children and are free. A divorced mother of three boys, Suzy Yehl Marta founded Rainbows after she was unable to find a support group for her children to deal with their trauma from her devastating divorce in the 1970s. Rainbows is now across the United States, in 16 countries, and has served more than three million children.

Headquarters

Evanston, IL

Reach

International

Founded

1983

Contact

Info@Rainbows.org

(847) 952-1770

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Ryan Banks Academy

To Become Chicago’s First Tuition-Free, Inner-City Boarding School For Underserved Children

To Become Chicago’s First Tuition-Free, Inner-City Boarding School For Underserved Children

Having opened its doors this year for its first class of middle schoolers, the RYAN BANKS ACADEMY will serve as a day school before seeking to become Chicago's first tuition-free, inner-city, co-ed residential boarding school for underserved children in grades 7th through 12th. RYAN BANKS ACADEMY, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, combines a rigorous academic program with an integrated social emotional education to launch the next generation of leaders, thinkers, and world-changers. The curriculum is based on experiential and expeditionary adventure learning with a focus on STEAM—Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math—as well as extended field trips that allow the students to explore new environments and cultures. The school also heavily emphasizes the importance of social emotional learning, family involvement, and psychosocial support services for students. The school’s name honors Ryan Banks—a happy-go-lucky, 12-year-old boy—who was killed by gunfire just outside his home. Years later, his social worker assembled a team of community leaders to found the RYAN BANKS ACADEMY, so that underserved children in unsafe neighborhoods and from traumatic backgrounds could receive a high-quality education in a stimulating and protected environment.

Headquarters

Chicago, IL

Reach

Local

Founded

2014

Contact

(312) 585-5883

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Sib4Sib

Support Network For Siblings Of Individuals Who Struggle With Mental Health

Support Network For Siblings Of Individuals Who Struggle With Mental Health

Sib4Sib’s mission is to provide a safe space and community for individuals—ages 6 to 18—to express their frustrations and emotions surrounding having a sibling who struggles with mental health (ADHD/ADD, anxiety, depression, autism, emotional impairment, etc.). By bringing together siblings facing similar challenges at home, this 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization provides a support network that includes support groups, networking, resources, advocacy, and social outings. All programing is free of charge and facilitated by a licensed mental health professional. Sib4Sib allows siblings to relieve the anger, frustration, and resentment that can come from having a sibling who struggles with mental health. Sib4Sib was founded in 2016 by 15-year-old Jessica Goldberg when she became frustrated by the lack of resources for herself as a sibling.

Headquarters

Farmington Hills, MI

Reach

Local

Founded

2016

Contact

Info@Sib4Sib.org

(248) 215-2451

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Simple Good

Empowering At-Risk Youth Through The Arts and Global “Good”

Empowering At-Risk Youth Through The Arts and Global “Good”

THE SIMPLE GOOD is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to connect the meaning of “good” from around the world in order to provide inspiration, hope and possibility for at-risk youth in Chicago and beyond. Using Social Emotional Learning Core Standards, mindfulness and art, our eight-week program is designed to take students through a path of discovering different meanings of “good” by journaling, drawing and creating a work of art on their "simple good." By raising awareness about the everyday positivity that surrounds us, THE SIMPLE GOOD aims to empower youth to be forces of positive change in their communities. THE SIMPLE GOOD was founded after our blog of 52 international photos of “good” went viral, and we realized that no matter where you go in the world, “good” means the same to all of us and that is what connects us as human beings.

Headquarters

Chicago, IL

Reach

International

Founded

2014

Contact

Hi@TheSimpleGood.com

(708) 408-0732

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.