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Chicago Philanthropies in Need During the Pandemic

Chicago Philanthropies in Need During the Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic wreaks havoc on the U.S. economy, charitable and philanthropic organizations face unprecedented demand for items that range from fundamental needs like food and rent money to less urgent provisions for things like school materials and the...

Philanthropy Spotlight: The Chicago Police Foundation

Philanthropy Spotlight: The Chicago Police Foundation

The modern world is a place of chaos where news outlets and media sources seem to be shoveling the worst of the world's happenings down our throat -- that's why it is always uplifting to hear about nonprofit organizations working to make the world better. The Chicago...

Philanthropy Spotlight: Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Philanthropy Spotlight: Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is celebrating its 40th year of existence. This organization has advocated for the city's most vulnerable people for decades now. Whether it's helping families find housing, or assisting people in fighting unjust fees from...

A Brief Look at the Benefits of Donor-Advised Funds

A Brief Look at the Benefits of Donor-Advised Funds

When it comes to philanthropy, most people think of wealthy individuals such as Bill Gates or Oprah, who can donate massive amounts of funding to charities of their choosing. Or perhaps individuals who have set up their own foundations to support causes of their...

Charitable Due Diligence

Charitable Due Diligence

In a world where so many fundraisers and charity organizations seem to inundate your doorstep, mailbox, and social media, it’s sometimes difficult to know if and how to make donations. You can’t possibly donate to all of them, and you shouldn’t try. Aside from...

Getting Involved in Your Community

Getting Involved in Your Community

Community involvement can mean different things to different people. It can be an excellent opportunity to bond with your fellow citizens while directly benefiting those in your community. Many people have particular causes or charities they like to support. Because...

Are You A Philanthropist?

Are You A Philanthropist?

When you think of a philanthropist, what comes to mind? For many people, it’s someone who is wealthy and donates money to charity, but there’s more to philanthropy than just throwing your money at a cause and expecting it to make a difference. In my experience, there...

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