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Growing Tech Startups in Chicago
1871 is here to prove that the entrepreneurs of Chicago are making a real impact on the world’s technological landscape. We’re home to 1500+ inventors, designers, creators, and do-ers who are building better, faster, cleaner solutions to everyday problems, and we’re committed to supporting them as they innovate for the future. Our mission is to provide diverse, digitally-enabled startups with access to space and connectivity, education and training resources, early-stage and venture capital and customers.
Chicago and Midwest
Free Addiction Services to Poverty Stricken Victims
The vision of ABOVE AND BEYOND is to innovate and create the most effective addiction treatment in America, and provide it to Chicago’s poor and homeless, at zero cost to them, provided in convenient walk-in locations in their neighborhoods. We establish long-term relationships with them for support, and assist with housing and employment.
Empowering Kids & Adults with Disabilities
Aspire’s mission is to support the successes of children and adults with developmental disabilities, strengthen their families and build embracing communities. We envision a community where people of all abilities live, learn and grow together.
Illinois *U.S. reach for Aspire CoffeeWorks enterprise
One-on-one spinal cord injury and disease support
BACKBONES exists to help people with spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D) and their families connect with their communities. We do that by creating events and experiences that promote awareness and engage people of all abilities.
Be the Help Someone Needs Today
Benevolent’s mission is to bring dignity and self-determination to both sides of the giving equation. We transform the relationship between someone with a concrete need and someone who wants to help. Visit Benevolent.net and hear the real stories of people striving to reach their goals, then choose to help someone overcome a critical challenge. Step into the story of someone facing challenges along the way to education, housing, employment and stability and know with certainty that your gift makes a direct difference. Help one person achieve one goal with a simple gift today.
Educating Young Women on Breast and Ovarian Health
BRIGHT PINK educates women 18-45 on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer.
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..
One-On-One Cancer Support
Imerman Angels matches someone fighting cancer with someone who has survived that same type of cancer. Imerman Angels also matches a caregiver with another caregiver who has been through a very similar experience. The mentor survivor or mentor caregiver understands the experience of the current cancer fighter or cancer caregiver, and they can provide empathy and hope because they have been there.
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.
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.
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.
Equipping, Empowering and Emboldening Healthcare Innovators
MATTER is a community of healthcare innovators, an incubator of ideas, and a catalyst for change. We are boots-on-the-ground entrepreneurs pushing against the status-quo and established institutions dedicated to improving patients’ lives. At MATTER, we are hungry for change, and we’re working together to solve real and complex healthcare problems.
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.
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.
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.
Orland Park, IL
Real Help Now
THE PINK FUND provides financial support for breast cancer patients in active treatment which helps meet basic needs, decrease stress levels, and allow patients and their families to focus on healing while improving survivorship outcomes. Our 90-day grant program makes payments to patient’s creditors for housing, transportation, insurance and utilities.
Rochester Hills, MI
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!
Partnerships that Lift Communities Out of Poverty
SPARK VENTURES builds partnerships that lift communities out of poverty. SPARK VENTURES has lasting impact by directing human and financial resources to partners around the world to provide health, education and jobs. By focusing resources in areas of business, job creation and capacity building, SPARK VENTURES seeks to have lasting and sustainable impact.
It All Starts Here
The Community House is a nonprofit that is home to those seeking continuity between personal, professional, philanthropic and recreational pursuits. For nearly a century, we have provided an extraordinary destination where people can come together to enjoy extraordinary experiences. From educational development to the early planning of life’s landmark events…from business to pleasure, from charity to recreation…it all starts at The Community House.
Accelerate the number of powerful women in tech and leadership
The mission of WOMEN TECH FOUNDERS is to inspire more women to pursue a career in technology and leadership. WTF tells the stories and lessons learned of women who are already making waves in the field, so that we can inspire, educate and connect women in the tech ecosystem, from startup founders to funders and leaders. We use storytelling, video and networking events to build deep connections, drive inclusiveness through profitablity, and infuse diversity into tech. Our vision is a tech industry that drives everyone’s potential to reach their dreams, advance business, and change the world.