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BUILD
About

Since 1969, BUILD has been a second family for Chicago’s marginalized youth, helping thousands of young people facing the steepest challenges—like poverty, involvement in the justice system, and chronic exposure to violence and other sources of trauma—escape gang violence and become leaders in safer, stronger communities. BUILD reaches over 6,500 youth and families annually in five of Chicago’s most challenged neighborhoods—Austin, East Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, Hermosa, and Fuller Park, using a model recognized as effective by the U.S. Department of Justice.

$1,380

100% raised of $1,000 goal
Chicago Police Memorial Foundation
About

The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to honoring the lives of fallen Chicago Police heroes. The Foundation provides support and financial assistance to the families of Chicago Police Officers who were killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty. 

$60

6% raised of $1,000 goal
Gary Comer Youth Center
About

Gary Comer Youth Center was established in Chicago’s Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood in May 2006. Our mission is to ensure students graduate from high school prepared for college and careers. We provide a safe and supportive environment for youth after school, on weekends and during school hours. We are committed to developing the full potential, talent and skill of young people from 5th grade through college graduation. We offer programming in three primary categories: academics, enrichment and college success.

$496

49% raised of $1,000 goal
Strides for Peace
About

Strides for Peace was founded in 2014 to create new opportunities for organizations, communities and people to come together to support effective programs working to reduce gun violence, save lives and create a safer Chicago.

$12,713

100% raised of $10,000 goal
Cure Violence
About

Cure Violence stops the spread of violence by using the methods and strategies associated with disease control – detecting and interrupting conflicts, identifying and treating the highest risk individuals, and changing social norms – resulting reductions in violence of up to 70%.

$55

5% raised of $1,000 goal
Faith Community of St. Sabina
About

St. Sabina created the Strong Futures Program, St. Sabina Basketball Peace League, Peacemakers Community Outreach to combat senseless neighborhood violence issues through enhanced employment training and job opportunities as well as well as by providing supportive services and innovative programs to bring the community together in peace.  

$805

80% raised of $1,000 goal
Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence
About

The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV) is the oldest and largest statewide organization in the U.S. working to prevent the devastation caused by firearms. Founded in 1975 by four suburban Chicago women concerned about the tragic consequences of handgun proliferation and availability, ICHV works on a variety of fronts to educate, raise public awareness, and build coalitions to enact change in laws and behavior.

$545

54% raised of $1,000 goal
Kids Off the Block
About

Kids Off the Block (KOB) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2003 by Diane Latiker who opened her home to youth in her community to help them steer away from the negative influences they saw daily.  KOB works with youth, teens, and young adults ages 12-24 years old, offering homework help, mentoring, activities and a “safe place."

$1,450

100% raised of $1,000 goal
Paving the Way
About

The Greater Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church's "Paving The Way Project” serves as a voice for the Washington Park community, as an outreach program for violence prevention, and as a bridge between public service personnel and the public in hopes of building a safer and stronger community. 

$371

37% raised of $1,000 goal
West Town Bikes
About

West Town Bikes aims to promote bicycling in the City of Chicago, to educate youth with a focus on under-served populations, and to foster and serve Chicago’s growing bicycling community. Year-round bike based youth programs offering instruction in bike building and mechanics, bike safety and nutrition and active lifestyle choices. The program also teaches science concepts, environmental awareness, personal responsibility and citizenship.

$0

0% raised of $1,000 goal
Youth Guidance
About

At Youth Guidance, we believe that no matter what challenges a young person faces, they are more likely to succeed when they have many caring adults in their lives. Our highly trained staff works directly with schools, parents and families to meet kids where they are—physically within schools, socially and emotionally—and help them break cycles of violence, overcome life and academic obstacles, make positive choices, and remain on the right path towards life success.

$5,450

54% raised of $10,000 goal
I Grow Chicago
About

The mission of I Grow Chicago is to grow Englewood from surviving to thriving through community connection, skill building, and opportunity. 

Once abandoned and up for demolition, I Grow Chicago's Peace House now serves as a community center with events, after-school tutoring, summer camp, community yoga classes, Peace Garden, and a food and donation pantry. Nearly 15 different programs assist every generation of West Englewood with every aspect of their lives, from learning to take a deep breath before reacting to learning how to use computers. Since the Peace House opened, what was previously one of the most dangerous blocks in West Englewood has become a symbol of hope and transformation.

$2,070

20% raised of $10,000 goal
Green Era Educational NFP
About

Green Era Educational NFP is a Chicago-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to provide environmental education and green job training to support urban agriculture and local food production within economically challenged communities.

$0

0% raised of $1,000 goal
Bright Star Community Outreach
About

Our mission is to empower residents to share in the responsibility of building community through resource development and collaborative partnerships. We will accomplish our mission by developing innovative performance-based practices and programs to address the need for Violence Prevention, Community Engagement, Economic Development, Education, Healthy Children/Youth and Families.

$150

15% raised of $1,000 goal
Chicago Survivors
About

Chicago Survivors is a non-profit organization that provides a range of services for surviving family members of Chicago homicide victims. Chicago Survivors staff members work to ensure families receive early crisis intervention, supportive counseling, advocacy, and referral services from the moment of the death notification for a period of at least six months. Chicago Survivors also supports an ongoing Community of Survivors as a means of peer support and as an avenue for constructive engagement in anti-violence efforts.

$2,646

100% raised of $1,000 goal
Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation
About

The Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation envisions a community free from all forms of sexual exploitation and sexual violence, including sexual assault and the commercial sex trade. CAASE addresses the culture, institutions, and individuals that perpetrate, profit from, or support sexual exploitation. CAASE is excited to be demonstrating our commitment to holistic violence prevention throughout Chicago by participating in this year's Race Against Gun Violence.

$16,401

41% raised of $40,000 goal
NeighborScapes
About

NeighborScapes is a non-profit organization with a mission to strengthen the physical and social fabric of neighborhoods, and to create a covenant of care, enrichment and development for young people.

$5

0% raised of $1,000 goal
After School Matters Inc.
About

After School Matters is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to provide Chicago public high school teens with opportunities to explore and develop their talents, while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond. In 2017, After School Matters provided more than 17,000 teens with high-quality after-school and summer programs in arts, communications & leadership, sports, and STEM.

$90

9% raised of $1,000 goal
Friends of Kenwood Academy
About

Friends of Kenwood Academy, aka FOKA, is a 501(c)(3) charitable membership organization of the community, school parents, family, and friends who support education and community excellence at Kenwood Academic Center and Kenwood Academy High School.

$1,495

100% raised of $1,000 goal
Chicago Run
About

The mission of Chicago Run is to promote the health and wellness of Chicago children through innovative, engaging, and sustainable youth running programs. Chicago Run serves over 17,000 students in PreK through high school at 47 sites across 30 Chicago communities.

$0

0% raised of $1,000 goal
Jeremy Scullark Foundation
About

JSF was founded in April 2017 by Jeremy's mom, Tracey Scullark, after he lost his life to senseless gun violence in Chicago on the Chinatown feeder ramp April 19th at 5:12pm.  Jeremy was an amazing young man who could change your mindset by being around him. See Better to Be Better is the way Jeremy lived his life and so can so many other kids.  Jeremy Scullark Foundation is a peer-lead to change the mindset of our youth, because behavior is influenced by interactions with others!  We take a proactive approach to the problem of violence as a way to encourage change, by exposing diversity, and social identity to future leaders.  JSF can accept tax deductible donations via its 501(c)(3) fiscal agent, EIN 27-4414607.

$655

21% raised of $3,000 goal
Project FIRE
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Project FIRE (Fearless Initiative for Recovery and Empowerment) is an artist development employment program that provides healing through glassblowing, mentorship and trauma psychoeducation for youth injured by violence in Chicago. All Project FIRE participants are clients of Healing Hurt People Chicago, a hospital based violence intervention program. Project FIRE is a partnership between glass artist Pearl Dick, Healing Hurt People-Chicago and ArtReach Chicago. 

$35

3% raised of $1,000 goal
The Kindness Campaign
About

The Kindness Campaign empowers people, which makes a strong community, through service, stewardship and selflessness.  We believe in the power of the people to build strong communities.

$3,767

75% raised of $5,000 goal
Heartland Alliance
About

Heartland Alliance believes society is better for everyone when even the most vulnerable among us can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. 

$65

6% raised of $1,000 goal
Urban Growers Collective
About

Rooted in growing food, we cultivate nourishing environments that support health, economic development, healing and creativity through urban agriculture. Urban Growers Collective tackles food insecurity through a variety of programming. Our portfolio of programs includes: the Fresh Moves Mobile Market; Farmers for Chicago, our job readiness program which trains over 300 teens annually, 30 formerly incarcerated adults through an 18-month job-readiness program, as well as our Incubator Farmer program which provides land and technical assistance for new Chicago farmers; our head-start preschool farm which serves over 150 preschoolers and their families; and finally, we provide education to a larger audience through a series of agriculture, small business development, and equality building workshops.

$35

3% raised of $1,000 goal
Strengthening Chicago's Youth
About

Strengthening Chicago's Youth (SCY) is Chicago's largest violence prevention collaborative and a catalyst for innovation convened by Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Our mission is to connect and mobilize our community around a public health approach to violence prevention. We encourage partnerships that strengthen existing efforts so our youth can reach their full potential.

$325

32% raised of $1,000 goal
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
About

The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) serves as the conscience of law enforcement by being committed to justice by action. NOBLE has nearly 60 chapters and represents over 3,000 members worldwide that represent law enforcement officials of all ranks from federal, state, county, municipal law enforcement agencies, criminal justice practitioners and concerned citizens.  The Chicago Chapter focuses on promoting positive interactions with the community in the greater Chicagoland area, providing educational, recreational and social outlets, especially for youth and the elderly.  From skating parties; athletic events; senior brunches; father-daughter dances; poetry slams; plays and golf outings to training sessions for those hoping to become police officers and our Law in the Community program; NOBLE CHICAGO is there to fill the need where we find it while offering guidance and support to our members who seek advancement in their careers.

$200

20% raised of $1,000 goal
Everytown Survivor Network
About

Through our members in the Everytown Survivor Network, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America gives a voice to survivors and victims of gun violence. The Survivor Network works to build communities of support around the country, and many of our survivors live in the Chicago area and lead our work with community partners to stem gun violence.

$40

4% raised of $1,000 goal
Institute for Nonviolence Chicago
About

Through the teachings of Dr. King, Nonviolence Chicago infuses high doses of nonviolence through community members and role models to change the prevalence and status quo of violence.  Using a collaborative community-based approach founded on the theories and practices of nonviolence and relationship building, Nonviolence Chicago works with the highest risk ("in-risk") individuals and the communities in which they live.

$955

95% raised of $1,000 goal
MASK
About

Our primary mission is to build stronger communities through a focus on:

  • Violence Prevention
  • Food Insecurity
  • Housing

Additionally, MASK partners to ensure that community members have access to necessary city services, opportunities for education & professional skills growth, and economic development.

$1,465

100% raised of $1,000 goal
Example Setters
About

The Example Setters is a community of leaders, youth, and adults who have been on the frontlines in the Chicago peace movement for 7 years. Block by block in the parks, churches, and schools. Through spoken word poetry, CPS leadership/mentoring programs, and health/wellness workshops, we have seen first hand the pain and power poverty has over this city's most underserved communities. Despite the staggering statistics, and against all odds The Example Setters found the youth of Chicago are an invaluable asset to breaking the cycle of poverty and they are key to a peaceful Chicago. We are seeking an investment in Chicago's future.

$1,070

100% raised of $1,000 goal
New Community Outreach
About

New Community Outreach (NCO) actively supports youth and families in Chicago’s Bronzeville community. We do this through our partnerships with Jackie Robinson Elementary School, the Bronzeville Community Action Council, The Urban Resilience Network, and other local and city-wide organizations. Building on the relationships of our leadership and board of directors as well as the ministry of New Community Covenant Church, we have built community gardens, hosted back-to-school fairs, and organized with our strategic partners to reduce violence in our neighborhoods for God's glory. We are guided by a vision of thriving Chicago communities led by neighbors of all ages. We work collaboratively with residents of the South Side of Chicago to reduce the causes of physical and emotional trauma and raise the opportunities for community equity and individual flourishing.

$8,031

80% raised of $10,000 goal
Timothy Community Corporation
About

The mission of Timothy Community Corporation (TCC) is to strengthen the community by Connecting, Sharing and Serving; providing the individual opportunities to grow physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Timothy Community Corporation will be an incubator for resources. This incubator will serve as a warm, inviting environment that drives individuals to impact the community. Those touched by TCC will be strengthened through a process of learning, healing, and serving.

$230

23% raised of $1,000 goal
Public Allies
About

Public Allies is a national movement committed to advancing social justice and equity by engaging and activating the leadership capacities of our young people. Since 1992, we have helped thousands of underrepresented young leaders serve our country, get on successful pathways to higher education and careers, and bring communities together to work for the common good. We operate our signature AmeriCorps program in 25 communities nationwide. We believe that communities already have the leadership they need to create lasting social change. Public Allies seeks to find and cultivate those leaders and connect them to the issues and causes that ignite their passion.

$0

0% raised of $1,000 goal
M.A.S.S. (Mothers Against Street Shootings)
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The mission of M.A.S.S. is to ensure our children are able to go to school, play outside their homes, and return safely without fear of being a victim of gun violence.

$30

3% raised of $1,000 goal
Teamwork Englewood
About

Teamwork was formed in 2003 as part of the New Communities Program, sponsored by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the MacArthur Foundation. Its goal is to unite the many organizations serving Englewood residents and work toward the common goal of building a stronger community. We are a capacity builder and a catalyst for positive community change, focused on safety, services to special needs populations and the promotion of healthy lifestyles for all residents. 

$320

32% raised of $1,000 goal
Crosses for Losses
About

My name is Greg Zanis. I am a carpenter by trade. Since 1997, I've constructed and placed over 20,000 white wooden crosses and other memorials for the public and the families of crime victims as well as accident victims.

$2,000

100% raised of $1,000 goal
The Community Builders
About

At The Community Builders we are committed to achieving positive outcomes for our developments and the people who live in them. We believe that building and sustaining strong communities helps everyone.  Together with valued partners, our work includes award-winning neighborhood transformations and pioneering commercial projects that anchor communities with grocery stores, medical centers and recreational facilities. We build, rehabilitate and sustain developments that more than 4,000 families of all incomes call home in vibrant cities, formerly distressed public housing sites and sought-after neighborhoods across the Midwest.

$10

0% raised of $2,000 goal
Addiction Counseling and Education Services (ACES) program at Catholic Charities
About

The mission of the Addiction Counseling and Education Services (ACES) program at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago is to provide caring, strength based, trauma informed and culturally competent treatment for individuals diagnosed with a substance use disorder.    ACES provides DASA licensed Level 1 outpatient and Level 2.1 intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment and aftercare, which includes intake assessments, individual and group counseling and case management.  ACES also provides anger management group,  stress management group,  case coordination services, drug/alcohol prevention psychoeducation workshops for youth and parents,  SBIRT screening, and outreach.    Services provided by ACES are in accordance with the criteria of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and procedures and requirements of the Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (DASA) of the Illinois Department of Human Services. ACES offers services to all adults regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.   Services are also provided without regard to the individual’s housing or employment status.   Admission criteria solely pertains to the client’s appropriateness for outpatient, non-medical treatment for substance abuse disorders.   Clients in need of other or additional services are referred to another Catholic Charities program and/or an outside provider.

$545

27% raised of $2,000 goal
Guitars over Guns Organization (GOGO)
About

Since 2014, GOGO has shown a commitment to curbing violence by providing over 600 youth each year between Miami and Chicago with productive options for creative expression - namely, music education, performance opportunities, and mentoring. Our mentors are local, professional musicians who use music as a vehicle for facilitating social-emotional development in middle school-aged youth, while providing a stable relationship with a caring adult. By the end of the 2016-17 school year, our team of 11 mentors served nearly 350 students across four school- and community-based sites in Chicago.

$25

2% raised of $1,000 goal
Collaboraction Theatre
About

Collaboraction Theatre Company is a 21 year-old Chicago non-profit arts organization that is committed to the power of theatre and art to cultivate empathy, knowledge, dialogue and action for the betterment of society. Collaboraction’s annual programming consists of Mainstage shows, the annual PEACEBOOK Festival and our Youth Programming.

$25

1% raised of $2,000 goal
Automotive Mentoring Group
About

Through intensive mentoring and teaching the restoration of classic cars, the Automotive Mentoring Group (AMG) equips young people who are involved in, or at risk of involvement in neighborhood violence, with life skills, social and emotional coping strategies, and trade skills that create positive opportunities for them.

$735

36% raised of $2,000 goal
Back on My Feet Chicago
About

Back on My Feet combats homelessness through the power of running, community support, and essential employment and housing resources. Our unique running-based model demonstrates that if you first restore confidence, strength and self-esteem, individuals are better equipped to tackle the road ahead and move toward jobs, homes and new lives. For all in need, we aim to provide: practical training and employment resources for achieving independence; an environment that promotes accountability; and a community that offers compassion and hope.  For all with the capacity to serve—volunteers, donors, community and corporate partners—we seek to engage you in the profound experience of empowering individuals to achieve what once seemed impossible through the seemingly simple act of putting one foot in front of the other.

$0

0% raised of $1,000 goal
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