We are proud to partner with organizations that directly affect change within their communities. The programs, initiatives and organizations we have supported include:
A Better Chicago
A Better Chicago is changing how Chicago fights poverty by investing in bold ideas that create opportunities for our youth. They believe that a world-class education has the ability to change everything and that efficient and effective philanthropy has the power to transform our city. They partner with and invest in the city’s highest-performing ideas and programs. These organizations are truly making a difference in educational outcomes for students from early learning through college and career.
A+ Colorado is an “action tank,” focusing on evaluating and advocating for district-level decisions, policies, and approaches to impact student achievement in Colorado Public Schools. They believe that an effective public education system exemplifies the following characteristics: Student centered, transparency, high expectations, accountability, awareness and engagement, choice and equitable access, adequate resources, and data-driven best practices.
Barrington Honor Ride & Run - Project Hero
We Are Project Hero is dedicated to helping Veterans and First Responders affected by PTSD, TBI and injury achieve rehabilitation, recovery and resilience in their daily lives and increasing awareness to combat the national mental health emergency posed by PTSD and TBI. We Are Project Hero programs work by producing positive outcomes at lower costs and reducing drug-based therapies.
Bernie’s Book Bank
Book ownership has been proven to be the most successful way to improve the reading achievement of low-income children, which directly impacts their academic and personal success. Bernie’s Book Bank collects, processes and distributes quality new and gently used children’s books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland.
Boys Hope Girls Hope
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado helps academically motivated middle and high school students rise above disadvantaged backgrounds to earn a high school diploma, entry into college, and a college degree through mentoring, tutoring, and scholarship. Their goal is to support young people who are physically, emotionally and academically prepared for post-secondary education and a productive life.
By The Hand Club for Kids
By The Hand provides a safe learning environment with a holistic approach to child development. Children enrolled in By The Hand are cared for, tutored, and mentored through high school and into college. By The Hand offers a nutritious dinner and comprehensive medical care, along with academic and spiritual goals and mentorship.
Communities in Schools
Communities in Schools is America’s largest and most effective organization dedicated to keeping kids in school and helping them succeed in life. Communities in Schools of Chicago partners with schools and other community organizations to connect low-income students with resources, including free social, emotional, health and enrichment programs that have been proven to improve the well-being of under-resourced students.
Communities in Schools - NASHVILLE
The Communities In Schools (CIS) National Office, and partners at the Creative Artists Agency and the Martha O'Bryan Center, were instrumental in launching and charting a course for CIS of Tennessee's work in the East Nashville community. Through a Promise Neighborhoods planning grant, the Martha O’Bryan Center brought together a network of 27 partner organizations. These partners developed a continuum of programs and supports to close the opportunity gap for individuals and families living in some of East Nashville’s most distressed neighborhoods. Recognizing a critical need for integrated students supports, CIS of Tennessee was founded.
Since that launch, CIS of Tennessee has grown from serving 600 students across three schools in East Nashville into the largest provider of integrated student supports in the state of Tennessee, partnering with 40 schools across 16 counties to meet the needs of over 19,000 students. CIS of Tennessee's history of success is based on a foundational belief in the power of relationships. No child can succeed without the support of caring adults.
CreatiVets uses various forms of art, including songwriting, visual arts, music and creative writing, to help disabled veterans cope with service-related trauma (i.e., post-traumatic stress, or PTS) by fostering self-expression in a way that allows them to transform their struggles into an art form that can inspire and motivate continued healing. Creative art forms have shown tremendous effectiveness in reducing PTS symptoms and improving the quality of life for veterans and their family members.
Frist Art Museum
The vision of the Frist Art Museum is to inspire people through art to look at their world in new ways. Their mission is to present and originate high-quality exhibitions with related educational programs and community outreach activities.
Kohl Children’s Museum
The Kohl Children's Museum is committed only to making a critical impact in children’s lives by opening up a world of exploration, discovery, curiosity, and imagination in a safe, inviting, playful environment.
Our Mission is to prevent teen suicide by educating youth to recognize depression and the warning signs of suicide and access help for themselves and or their peers. Our middle school program gives students the tools to understand feelings of stress and identify stressors and signs of depression.
Lou Malnati’s Cancer Research Foundation
Tumor Institute is a nationally recognized leader in the fight against brain and spinal cord tumors, offering patients the most advanced clinical trials and treatment options available.
Martha O’Bryan Center
On a foundation of Christian faith, Martha O'Bryan Center empowers children, youth, and adults in poverty to transform their lives through work, education, employment and fellowship.
NASHVILLE URBAN DEBATE LEAGUE
The Nashville Urban Debate League (NUDL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving public school students in the Metropolitan Nashville area. Since 2010, NUDL has been providing opportunities for high school students in the Metro Nashville Public Schools District to participate in competitive, research-based policy debate. The league is a member of the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing policy debate opportunities to students attending public schools in urban centers throughout the U.S
NUDL is based on the “urban debate league” model that is successful in numerous other cities. The program provides a structure and support for policy debate activities for Metro Nashville Public Schools. This translates to comprehensive (coach & student) training, personalized coaching assistance and local opportunities for competition.
OZ Arts Nashville
Oz Arts supports the creation, development and presentation of significant performing and visual art works by leading artists in Nashville. The inspiring destination promotes the continuation of support of the arts through contemporary art experiences, as well as through partnerships with other Tennessee nonprofits to advocate for the arts.
Reading in Motion
The goal for Reading in Motion is to get every student reading at grade level or above during their early years, especially students who need greater support due to their circumstances. Through an arts-enriched curriculum in both English and Spanish, they are able to get an average of 80% of students reading at or above grade level, a dramatic increase over the typical public school curriculum alone.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
SAIC is distinct in the way that it provides graduate, post-baccalaureate, and undergraduate students an interdisciplinary curriculum and the necessary freedom to develop as artists, designers, and scholars. At the same time, they strive for a level of rigor, investigation, and cultural relevance that makes SAIC truly special.