Foundation Recipients

$ 1,000 Grant Recipients

Alliance for Community Peace
Chicago Help Initiative 
Chicago Lights at Fourth Presbyterian Church
Face the Future Foundation
Gilda's Club Chicago
The Happiness Club
Lawson House YMCA
Project Education Plus
Tutoring Chicago
 

How can you assist our fundraising efforts?

Join The Magnificent Mile Charitable Foundation Committee: 

Assist the Foundation board in organizing dynamic fund-raisers, collect silent auction gifts and offer general support to the efforts of the Foundation. Yes, I would like to learn more about joining The Magnificent Mile Charitable Foundation Committee.

  • Gala Roulette: This fun activity is featured at the The Magnificent Mile Association Annual Gala.  The Magnificent Mile Association's Foundation hosts a fundraising activity at the reception - the Gala Roulette. Members take a random chance as they select a number that matches a beautifully wrapped gift – the contents to be revealed after their purchase. Members pay $100 for a ticket. The goal is to raise at least $5,000.  If you would like to donate a gift to this raffle, please contact The Magnificent Mile Association at 312.642.3570. 
  • Annual Raffle: Once a year, the Foundation also holds a raffle drawing during one of The Magnificent Mile Association's membership luncheons. Tickets cost $25 each and typically 3 prizes are drawn.   The raffle prizes typically feature a three day European trip, hard to get sports tickets and certificates from area retailers.  If you would like to purchase raffle tickets or provide an impressive raffle gift, please contact The Magnificent Mile Associationat 312.642.3570. The goal is to raise $15,000.
  • When you make your annual dues payments:  Include a contribution to the Foundation.   The opportunity to indicate that is your preference is on the invoice.

Make a personal donation:   The Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization and contributions can be tax deductable. 
Please contact The Magnificent Mile Association at 312.642.3570 if you would like to make a personal contribution or click through to donation button atop this page.

Alliance for Community Peace

Alliance for Community Peace

Rev. Dr. Walter Johnson Jr., Executive Director

509 W. Elm Street

Chicago, IL 60610

(312) 943-8530

The Alliance For Community Peace initiative is a faith-based project which seeks the following: improve academic performances and school attendance of students; to provide opportunities for demonstrating positive social skills, interactions, and relationships through educational, recreational, cultural and other programs activities; adopt positive decision making skills that discourage negative risk taking behaviors through life skills application; and develop meaningful work experiences leading to career and vocational fulfillment for students and families.


The Chicago Help Initiative

The Chicago Help Initiative

Jacqueline Hayes, Founder 

155 N. Harbor Drive, Suite 702

Chicago, IL 60601
www.chicagohelpinitiative.org

CHI provides meals every Wednesday evening to 150 disadvantaged and homeless individuals in the community at the facilities of Catholic Charities at 721 N. LaSalle Street. In addition to being served a nutritious meal, guests can also visit with doctors, nurses, psychologists and social workers and sign up for drug rehabilitation, job training programs, homeless shelters and literacy tutoring.

CHI partners with local businesses, residential, faith-based, social service, institutional and volunteer leaders striving to promote an atmosphere of dignity and compassion toward those in need by providing access to food, health services, shelter and employment to more than 6,500 every year. 

For many of the CHI guests, these weekly meals provide them with a good meal and the only source of access to medical and social services they may need to overcome their barriers to homelessness and poverty. This population in need has increased greatly due to the strains of the current economic conditions and include those who have lost jobs and homes over the last couple of years.

It is CHI’s mission to assist our guests in bettering their lives and becoming contributing members of the community once again. CHI is very much a local organization, drawing our support from the residents and businesses that surround us. We have only one paid staff person supported by interns, but every meal is served with upwards of 25 volunteers. We are an organization that succeeds by leveraging existing partnerships and resources.


Chicago Lights at Fourth Presbyterian Church

Chicago Lights at Fourth Presbyterian Church

Sharon Pines, Associate Director of Foundation
126 E. Chestnut
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 981-3562
www.chicagolights.org

Chicago Lights provides hope and opportunity to Chicago’s children, youth, and adults facing the challenges of poverty. Through supportive relationships and diverse programs, we empower people to thrive academically, secure economic stability, lead healthy lives, and build community.

Chicago Lights fosters literacy and education, alleviates hunger and homelessness, and advances health and wellness through six signature outreach programs including: Chicago Lights Tutoring, Chicago Lights Summer Day, Chicago Lights Academic Success in Schools (CLASS), Chicago Lights Free Write Jail Arts and Literacy, the Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center, and the Chicago Lights Urban Farm.


Face the Future Foundation

Face the Future Foundation

Kathy Argentar, Development Coordinator
645 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60611
(312 )280-1370
www.facethefuturefoundation.org

Face the Future Foundation helps children with craniofacial afflicition to access treatment which correct deformities. They also give children/adults skills to cope with challenges through life changing counseling, speech therapy and other essential services. Face the Future seeks to continue to provide high quality, accessible healthcare to those who would otherwise be unable to obtain it.

 


Gilda's Club Chicago

Gilda's Club Chicago

Steve Majsak, Director of Development

537 N. Wells Street

Chicago, IL 60654

(312) 464-9900

www.gildasclubchicago.org



Gilda's Club Chicago’s mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. The Club offers more than 350 free events each month, including support and networking groups (e.g., wellness groups, family groups and diagnosis-specific groups), healthy lifestyle classes, educational lectures, social activities and resource referrals. Noogieland is an area dedicated to teens and children facing cancer themselves or in their family, offering support and bereavement groups, camp programs, family/parenting workshops and family social activities such as their annual Halloween and Holiday celebrations.

Gilda’s Club Chicago serves men, women, teens and children impacted by cancer at their main Clubhouse downtown on Wells Street, as well as at other hospital locations throughout the Chicagoland area:  Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Rush University Medical Center, and Advocate Christ Medical Center and Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn. Since the Club opened in 1998, it has served members from 92% of all Chicago ZIP Codes.  All activities are free.

Gilda’s Club Chicago is a member of the Cancer Support Community, the largest provider of free psychosocial support to anyone living with cancer, with more than 50 affiliates in the United States and international locations.


Happiness Club

Happiness Club

Maureen Schulman, Board President 

c/o Wright College

4300 Narragansett Ave., Room E-116

Chicago, IL 60634

(773) 481-8264

www.thehappinessclub.com



The Happiness Club is a diverse group of 50 Chicago kids who promote positive values and social change through original hip hop and pop music, dance and poetry. The Happiness Club kids create all their material based on issues kids themselves deem important. The group sings out against drugs, gangs, violence and smoking and says yes to education, tolerance, high self-esteem and helping the environment. They recently won the Mayor's Office of Environmental Affairs' 2010 Earth Day video contest for their music video "So Hot," created to increase awareness of global warming.

The Happiness Club's goal is simple: to capture the attention of kids through the pop culture mediums of music, dance and urban poetry and impact them with the positive messages within the lyrics. The Happiness Club's emphasis on positive values and a strong work ethic help students grow into adulthood with a set of ethics, leadership skills and the confidence that anything is possible


Lawson House YMCA

Lawson House YMCA

Gloria Johnson, Executive Director

Lawson House YMCA

30 W. Chicago Avenue

Chicago, IL 60654

(312) 932-1163

www.ymcachgo.org/content/home.aspx



Since 1931, Lawson House has provided safe, affordable housing for Chicago's men and women. Now the largest single-room occupancy (SRO) supportive housing facility in the Midwest, it plays a key role in Chicago's efforts to address homelessness.


Project Education Plus

Vince Carter, Executive Director
Project Education Plus/
910 N. Cambridge Street
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 520-0905
www.projecteducationplus.org

Project Education Plus provides educational and recreational services to youth and families in the Chicago area, that enlighten youth on how to take advantage of educational, technological, and recreational outlets in society and transfer that knowledge into a successful self-sufficient life. PEP also assists the disadvantaged families, children, and senior citizens of the Cabrini Near North community.


CCTP

Tutoring Chicago

Jill Heller, Director of Fundraising
Tutoring Chicago
2145 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 397-9119
www.tutoringchicago.org

With a solid history behind us and even-stronger future ahead, we offer kids the stability of a trustworthy organization. Since beginning in 1965 by a group of employees at Montgomery Ward, Tutoring Chicago has helped thousands of economically disadvantaged children grow both personally and academically through weekly free one to one tutoring sessions. Beyond classroom help, students also benefit from structure, high quality resources, positive role models and a safe place to learn, grow and discover.

Tutoring Chicago's mission is to foster pathways for success by positively influencing the relationship that elementary school children have with learning. We do this by providing economically disadvantaged children in Chicago with one-to-one tutoring by adult volunteers, along with quality resources and programming.