Philanthropy

(Credit: We Day)

Celebrities Help Young Volunteers Mark “We Day” In Illinois

We Day is part of a global movement rooted in activism, charity, and social change. It features marketers, entrepreneurs, and some of Chicago’s most famous recording artists.

04/30/2015

Rendering of Freedom’s Path. (Source: Housing Authority of Cook County)

Housing For Homeless Veterans Opening At Hines VA Hospital

A window of opportunity was opening Friday morning for the approximately 1,000 homeless veterans living in Chicago.

04/24/2015

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Chicago Charity Challenge Kicks Off Second Year

Businesses go head-to-head all the time, and many of them will soon begin competing to see which can raise the most charity dollars and provide charity volunteer time from among their employees.

04/14/2015

Chicago police officers stand on the roof of a Dunkin' Donuts shop as part of the 12th annual Cop On Top fundraiser for the Special Olympics. (Credit: CBS)

Cops At The Donut Shop? It’s No Joke, It’s A Fundraiser

It’s an easy stereotype: cops at the donut shop. But it’s not everyday you’ll see a group of police officers standing on the roof of a Dunkin’ Donuts.

05/30/2014

An artist's rendering of the Gordon Parks Arts Hall at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools campus. (Credit: University of Chicago)

Lucas, Hobson Give $25M To University Of Chicago Lab Schools

Star Wars creator George Lucas and his wife, investment banker Mellody Hobson, have donated $25 million to the University of Chicago Lab Schools, to help pay for construction of a new arts hall.

02/25/2014

Brian Keller and Zach Quinn started "Love Your Melon," a non-profit that provides knit caps for cancer patients, as part of a class project. They're taking their project on a bus tour during a month-long break from college. (Credit: Mike Krauser)

College Students’ Cancer Charity Tour Comes To Chicago

Two college students’ class project has turned into a non-profit that aims to brighten the lives of young cancer patients, and – when possible – to put other college students in the patients’ shoes.

01/14/2014

Pile of cash (CBS)

Atheist Group Hopes 3rd Time’s A Charm For $3,000 Donation

You’d think finding someone to take a check for $3,000 – no strings attached – would be an easy task, but a local atheist group recently found itself rejected twice by government boards in the North Shore when it tried to make a donation.

12/27/2013

Salvation Army Bell Ringer

Holiday Push On For Charity Donations

Daniel Borochoff of the independent watchdog group CharityWatch said charitable giving is up a bit this year among people with higher incomes, especially in giving stocks.

12/23/2013

Gifts

Charity, Suburban School Play Santa For Chicago Students

More than 1,600 students at Hanson Park Elementary School are getting Christmas gifts from lists they sent along with letters to Santa.

12/19/2013

A group of military veterans who are now students at Columbia College camped out for 24 hours to raise awareness of homelessness among veterans. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya)

Veterans Camp Out In Icy Weather To Raise Awareness Of Homelessness

The Columbia College student veterans said it was worth enduring a full day and night of single digit and below zero wind chills.

12/17/2013

The Salvation Army's Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in the West Pullman neighborhood. (Credit: Facebook)

Salvation Army Community Center Merges Arts, Sports, Education

On Chicago’s Far South Side, there’s a Salvation Army facility unlike anything in the area, where arts and sports combine with life skills to create success stories.

12/13/2013

File Photo (Ian Waldie/ Getty Images)

Salvation Army Tutoring Program Helps Kids Reach College

Besides feeding children’s mouths, the Salvation Army also feeds their minds.

12/13/2013

The Salvation Army

Salvation Army Provides A Helping Hand To Families In Need

WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Roberts spoke with one such mother, Antoinette Currin, a mother of eight who had no place else to turn.

12/13/2013

About 80 seriously ill children got to take a flight to the "North Pole" (Gate C20 at O'Hare International Airport) to meet Santa Claus, thanks to a team effort by the Starlight Children's Foundation and United Airlines. (Credit: CBS)

Seriously Ill Kids Fly To “North Pole” To Meet Santa

When a child is seriously ill, a parent will do just about anything to make him or her happy. One children’s charity teamed up with United Airlines this weekend in Chicago to help several parents of seriously ill kids very happy.

12/09/2013

Employees at MicroTek in Downers Grove read letters to Santa, written by needy children and parents. The employees will buy gifts for those who wrote the letters, then wrap and ship them during their Christmas party this year. (Credit: CBS)

Company Spends Holiday Party Fulfilling Wishes Of Needy Families

It’s that time of year when many companies host holiday parties. Some people might be headed to one right now, but in Downers Grove, one company is foregoing a party and doing something more in the spirit of giving.

12/06/2013

Students at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences prepare pumpkin pies for a Thanksgiving meal for 300 senior citizens. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya)

Agricultural Students Cooking, Serving Thanksgiving Dinner For Seniors

Students at a Southwest Side high school have been putting their lessons into practice, as they work to provide Thanksgiving meals to 300 senior citizens on Tuesday.

11/26/2013

Samuel Love

Chicago 4th Grader Collecting Toys For Flood, Tornado Victims

A Chicago fourth grader called the press to his South Side school on Friday to announce a toy drive to benefit kids who were victims of the flooding in Colorado and the tornadoes in Oklahoma.

10/18/2013

A homeless person (CBS)

Veteran Has Been Helping The Homeless For Nearly 25 Years

Even though 64-year-old Jim Proffitt has been feeding the homeless since 1989, he said it’s not his occupation.

10/18/2013

Susan G. Komen Walk

Chicago’s Last Komen Cancer Walk Steps Off In Northbrook

Hundreds of people were gathering Friday for the start of the final Susan G. Komen 3-Day breast cancer walk in the Chicago area.

08/09/2013

Connie Rogers and her daughter check out the PT Cruiser she was given through the "Wheels To Prosper" program, which provides restored used cars to deserving people. (Credit: YouTube)

Group Gives Away Car To Mother Of Autistic Girl

The owner of a car repair garage in the Edison Park neighborhood has seen a program called “Wheels To Prosper” – which gives cars to deserving people – grow from a couple garages to 25 across the country.

08/01/2013