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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, New York

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International

Founded

2001

Contact

Staff@13thirty.org

(585) 563-6221

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

Active Children Excel Project

Building Character, Confidence, And Community Through Tennis

Building Character, Confidence, And Community Through Tennis

The Active Children Excel Project (“The ACE Project”) nurtures children living in underserved communities by building character, confidence, and competency through the sport of tennis. We offer tennis instruction, homework assistance, nutritional support, academic enrichment, and social-emotional skill building to youth living in Chicago, Baltimore, and Detroit. We recruit and train coaches from a wide range of community members, including parents, teachers, and school administrators. The ACE Project believes that by strengthening the relationships among students, their families, and their communities, we will outmatch the current cycles that limit opportunity and success.

Headquarters

Chicago, IL

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United States

Founded

2013

Contact

Info@ActiveChildrenExcel.org

(630) 802-0247

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, Illinois

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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.

Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation

Providing Joy For Kids With Cancer And Funds For Pediatric Cancer Scientific Research

Providing Joy For Kids With Cancer And Funds For Pediatric Cancer Scientific Research

The mission of Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation is to eliminate pediatric cancer and to provide hope and support to those who are touched by it. Our mission is carried out through two programs. The “Bear Hugs Program” provides customized experiences to brighten the lives of pediatric cancer patients and immediate family support for financial burden and essential needs. The “Bear Discoveries Program” funds grants for medical research to find therapies and cures for pediatric cancers. Kathleen Casey founded the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in memory of her son Barrett “Bear” Krupa, who died at eight years old of cancer.

Headquarters

Chicago, Illinois

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United States

Founded

1992

Contact

Office@BearNecessities.org

(312) 214-1200

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, Illinois

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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.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Southwestern llinois

One-To-One Mentorship And Support For Underprivileged Children

One-To-One Mentorship And Support For Underprivileged Children

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. As the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18. Our Bigs and Littles share everyday activities together: eating out, playing sports, attending events, going to the movies, sightseeing, and just hanging out. Every year, we serve more than 275 children in Southwestern Illinois: 80% come from households living below the poverty line and 85% come from non-traditional households. Research shows that the presence of a caring adult role model in a child’s life is one of the single most important factors in building a child’s resilience and optimism.

Headquarters

Belleville, Illinois

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Local

Founded

1980

Website

bbbsil.org

Contact

Info@bbbsil.org

(618) 398-3162

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, Michigan

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, Ohio

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United States

Founded

1986

Contact

(330) 671-0167

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

CAST Water Safety Foundation

To Prevent Childhood Drowning And Create Stronger Swimmers, Sooner

To Prevent Childhood Drowning And Create Stronger Swimmers, Sooner

The CAST Water Safety Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on expanding access to the Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) method in both Chicago, IL and New Orleans, LA. For over 50 years, ISR has been the method that gives children ages 6 months to 6 years of age the skills and confidence they need to swim, float, and self-rescue. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children ages 1-4. CAST offers scholarships to help offset the cost of ISR swim lessons – with a focus on assisting children of teachers, first responders, nurses, and military families, as well as low-income families and families living with special needs and disabilities. CAST also provides full tuition assistance to instructors who would not otherwise be able to afford the cost of training. Originally attracted to ISR lessons to help keep her young daughters safe in and around the water, Liz Huber founded CAST in order to share this potentially life-saving and positive experience with as many families as possible.

Headquarters

Forest Park, Illinois

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Local

Founded

2018

Contact

Scholarship@CastWaterSafety.org

(708) 860-5805

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, Illinois

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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 Children's Advocacy Center

Providing Support For Children Who Are Victims Of Abuse And Violence

Providing Support For Children Who Are Victims Of Abuse And Violence

Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center and our partners are the front-line responders in Chicago to reports of child sexual abuse. We also respond to reports of child physical abuse, witness to violence, and other serious maltreatment. ChicagoCAC is the city’s only nonprofit organization that coordinates the efforts of child protection staff, law enforcement professionals, family advocates, medical experts, and mental health clinicians under one roof. All of our services are free, and our collaborative approach is aimed at reducing trauma so that children and families may begin the healing process. Since opening our doors in 2001, we have served more than 36,000 children.

Headquarters

Chicago, Illinois

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Regional

Founded

2001

Contact

(312) 492-3700

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, Illinois

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Local

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, Illinois

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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, Illinois

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, Michigan

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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, Illinois

Reach

United States

Founded

1989

Contact

(312) 585-4995

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

Ele's Place

Peer Support For Grieving Children and Teens After The Death Of A Loved One

Peer Support For Grieving Children and Teens After The Death Of A Loved One

Ele's Place is a healing center for grieving children and teens (ages 3-18) after the death of a parent, sibling or someone else close to them. Our vision is that no child grieves alone. Each week, hundreds of grieving children and teens find a warm and welcoming place to meet new friends who really understand how they feel in age-appropriate, peer-support group programs. Art and play-based activities help our children and teens identify their feelings and gain coping skills that will last a lifetime. Following the death of their daughter, Betsy and Woody Stover saw that their three children were grieving the death of their sister in a different way than they were as adults. After much grief research, they determined that peer support – from kids who had experienced the death of someone close to them – was the best way for their children to learn to cope with their feelings of grief, sadness, anger, and loss. Since that time, Ele’s Place has served more than 30,000 children across Michigan.

Headquarters

Lansing, Michigan

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State

Founded

1991

Contact

AnnArborInfo@ElesPlace.org

(734) 929-6640

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, Massachusetts

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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, Illinois

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, Illinois

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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, Illinois

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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, Michigan

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, Illinois

Reach

United States

Founded

1995

Contact

(312) 633-4263

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

Heart House

Innovative After-School And Summer Programs For Refugee Children Living In Dallas

Innovative After-School And Summer Programs For Refugee Children Living In Dallas

Heart House is a nonprofit organization that uses innovative after-school and summer educational programs to combat poverty and promote equity for refugee children living in Dallas. Refugee children face the challenge of resettlement in a new country while simultaneously working to overcome poverty, trauma recovery, and barriers to academic success. Heart House uses social-emotional learning to increase academic performance, improve mental health, and establish a pathway for success for each child – in school and in life. Heart House serves as a safe place for homework assistance, mentoring, counseling, and protection from negative influences. These life-changing services are annually provided to 240 students, in kindergarten to eighth grade, who live in the Vickery Meadow community of Dallas, a high-poverty area in which around 50 different languages are spoken.

Headquarters

Dallas, Texas

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State

Founded

2000

Contact

(972) 591-3651

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, Illinois

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Regional

Founded

1999

Contact

info@icstars.org

(312) 640-3850

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

Imagine Englewood If

Empowering Youth In Englewood For Healthy Living

Empowering Youth In Englewood For Healthy Living

Imagine Englewood If (IEi) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization devoted to strengthening and empowering the Greater Englewood community by engaging youth and families in activities and programs about healthy living, environmental awareness, and positive interaction. IEi provides a safe space for people to connect, communicate, and collaborate in efforts to create a healthy and supportive environment for growth and prosperity. IEi offers year-round enrichment programs for youth ages 6-18, lead poisoning prevention workshops and outreach events, gardening skills classes, healthy food demonstrations, and the Greater Englewood Unity Day – the largest community cleanup on the South Side of Chicago!

Headquarters

Chicago, Illinois

Reach

United States

Founded

1997

Contact

Info@ImagineEnglewoodIf.org

(773) 488-6704

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

iMentor

Mentoring For College Success And Beyond

Mentoring For College Success And Beyond

iMentor partners with public high schools in low-income communities, in which a majority of students served will be first-generation college graduates. We match each student with a college-educated mentor for three years, starting in the student’s junior year of high school, and look to empower students to navigate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions. With our curriculum and staff to guide them, mentors and students build their relationship through weekly online communication and monthly in-person meetings. iMentor serves students in NYC, Chicago, the Bay Area, and Baltimore.

Headquarters

New York, NY

Reach

United States

Founded

1999

Contact

Info@iMentor.org

(212) 461-4330

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, Illinois

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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, Illinois

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Local

Founded

2003

Contact

Info@InnerCityEducation.org

(773) 750-4217

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

Intonation Music

Music Education For Youth On Chicago's Mid-South Side

Music Education For Youth On Chicago's Mid-South Side

Intonation Music youth explore their limitless potential by learning to play instruments and form their own rock bands. Offered in partnership with schools, park districts, and community organizations, our year-round classes make music accessible to youth by providing them with instruments, instruction, mentorship, and the chance to perform on stages across the city. Each Intonation Music student takes part in a personal and team approach to practice, setting goals, and problem-solving; and over time they gain the confidence to take charge of their direction and seek out new experiences. Mike Simons founded Intonation Music with a car full of his own instruments, a volunteer slot at a local community center, and a hunch that learning to play and perform the music they love would be a rewarding experience for kids.

Headquarters

Chicago, Illinois

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Local

Local

2006

Contact

Info@IntonationMusic.org

(312) 469-0554

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, Illinois

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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, Illinois

Reach

United States

Founded

2009

Contact

(888) 806-8481

info@KidsHaveHope.org

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