Growing Home Wood Street Farm (credit: Collings)

Top Chicago Charities

There’s always plenty to do in the city, but sometimes you’ve got to balance what’s important. Are you hitting the gym and playing sports enough? Are you seeing your friends enough? Are you expanding your artistic and culinary horizons? Take a break from yourself and go support those in need through one of these excellent Chicagoland charitable organizations.


St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in Antioch. (Credit: St. Stephen's)

Antioch Church Flooded With Gifts After Burglary

An Antioch church has received so many gifts to replace the ones stolen in a theft last week — it may be able to help out another local charity struggle to meet its growing demand.


Two of the runners in the 2010 Santa Speedo Run in Chicago (Photo by Mary Frances Bragiel/ WBBM)

200 Santas In Speedos Run For Diabetes Research

About 200 people clad in little more than bikinis, Speedos and running shoes ran from Division Street, down Rush Street and back up Michigan Avenue Saturday — all in the name of diabetes research.

WBBM Newsradio–12/04/2011

Scott Webb

$750K Bond For Ex-Woodridge Cop Charged With Looting Charity

A former Woodridge police officer has been caught, after being charged with pocketing $30,000 intended for the families of officers killed in the line of duty and going on the run for several months.

CBS Chicago–11/04/2011

Dan and Susan Plyter and their toddler, Will, who suffers from leukemia. Susan is running in the Chicago Marathon with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society team. (Plyter Family Photos)

Evanston Woman Among Thousands Running Marathon For Charity

Among the 45,000 runners in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday will be 10,000 people who are running for charity.

WBBM Newsradio–10/05/2011

Maggie Daley and Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel visited After School Matters programs at Foreman High School on March 31, 2011. Daley founded the program more than 20 years ago. (Credit: CBS)

Report Questions If Developers Pressured To Give To Maggie Daley Charity

City Inspector General Joe Ferguson said Tuesday that former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s administration forced several firms that received city development subsidies to direct a portion of their own funds to charities, including one run by the ex-mayor’s wife, Maggie.

CBS Chicago–10/04/2011

Ray Orozco

Former City Official Ray Orozco Takes Post At Maggie Daley’s Charity

A former high-ranking city official who lost his job when Mayor Richard M. Daley decided not to run again has found another position.

CBS Chicago–07/29/2011

Roger Goodell

Despite Lockout, NFL Gives $1 Million To Players’ Charities

The NFL gave $1 million in grants to charities belonging to nearly 90 current and former NFL players.


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Charity Navigator Website Helps Donors Avoid Scams

Donations are pouring into Japan as it copes with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake, tsunami and now a nuclear crisis.


The Salvation Army

Demand Outstripping Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is having a hard time keeping up with demand in Chicago and elsewhere.

CBS Chicago–01/18/2011

Salvation Army Bell

Charitable Donations Up, But Not Enough

Sonations to charitable organizations are up slightly. But other factors may mean a worsening situation for those in need.

WBBM Newsradio–12/24/2010

The Salvation Army

Donations Down, Requests Up At Local Charities

It’s a hallmark of the holiday season: giving to charity. Donations are down and requests are up; even among people who never expect to need a helping hand. CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez introduces us to one of them.

CBS 2–12/15/2010

Photos From Jessie Tendayi

Cafeteria Worker Gives Away Savings To Help Needy Kids

A cafeteria worker at Advocate Trinity Hospital on Chicago’s South Side spent a year saving her money, and today she gave it away – in the form of gifts to needy children at the hospital.

WBBM Newsradio–12/14/2010

Fire graphic, generic sized image

Charity’s Gift Delivery Van Torched

The local charitable organization Kidz Korna is hoping for generosity from others to help it replace a van used to deliver Christmas gifts to needy kids.


(Credit: CBS)

Suspects Sought In Theft From Evanston Charity Box

When holiday shoppers hit the stores Black Friday, so did a couple of grinches. Evanston police are investigating two Black Friday thefts, including one in which two suspects took money from a charity box in the northern suburb.


File Photo (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Study: Women Far More Generous Than Men

A study by Indiana University finds that when it comes to charitable contributions, women are more generous than men.

WBBM Newsradio–11/26/2010