The Make It Better Foundation is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2019 Philanthropy Awards.
Education & Arts: The People’s Music School
Award Sponsor: JPMorgan
The mission of The People’s Music School is to make music education accessible for everyone. The school, which is 100 percent tuition-free, has more than tripled in size over the past three years and now serves 850 students ages 5 to 18. Through an intensive curriculum, students build resilience, responsibility, perseverance, and compassion.
Award Sponsor: Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation in honor of pathways.org
Keshet provides educational, vocational, recreational, and residential programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at more than 70 sites around Chicago. As one of the only organizations in the country to support individuals with disabilities from age 3 to adulthood, Keshet assists more than 1,000 people every year.
Social Services: Selah Freedom
Award Sponsor: Michael Rosengarden of Autohaus on Edens
Sex trafficking is a $32 billion industry in the U.S. alone. Selah Freedom works to end sex trafficking and bring freedom to the exploited through four foundational programs: prevention, outreach, residential safe housing, and education/awareness. In 2018, Selah Freedom’s Chicagoland programs served 501 women through outreach while 7,413 people attended an awareness event and 1,103 young people took part in a prevention program.