Better Makers: Breakthrough’s Annual Benefit Raises $900K to Build Opportunities in Garfield Park

Nearly 300 guests gathered at Walden for Breakthrough’s 2022 Annual Benefit on October 20 to celebrate the organization’s 30th anniversary. The event raised more than $900,000 for Breakthrough’s programming and resources.  The mission of Breakthrough — a 2022 Make It Better Foundation Philanthropy Award Winner — is to develop a safe and stable community within Garfield […]

Better Makers: Chicago Walk to End Alzheimer’s Raises $1M for Research and Supportive Care

More than 2,500 Chicagoland residents participated in the Chicago Walk to End Alzheimer’s event on Saturday, October 8, 2022. The event raised more than $1 million to accelerate global research, increase early detection and maximize quality care and support for those living with Alzheimer’s.   Despite the chilly Chicago weather, participants dressed in purple attire and gathered at […]

THRIVE Gala Raises Record Amount for Shedd Aquarium's Conservation Research, Education, and Animal Care Efforts

On Saturday, October 1, Shedd Aquarium’s black-tie gala event, THRIVE, raised nearly $2.2 million during a paddle raise for the aquarium’s conservation, education, and animal care efforts. More than 700 people attended the sold-out event centered around the importance of coral reefs and the Shedd’s ongoing coral research.  This night marked the return of the annual Board […]

Opera Festival Brings New Opera Experiences to Chicago

The Opera Festival of Chicago celebrated a successful second season in July with fully staged productions of Italian opera masterworks Il Corsaro and L’Inganno Felice, along with a special concert honoring the one-hundredth anniversary of the birth of legendary soprano Renata Tebaldi.  The Festival, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was born during the pandemic to bring rare […]

The Night Ministry's Lighting Up the Night Raises $370,000 to Help 4,000 Chicagoans Struggling with Homelessness and Poverty

The Night Ministry, a Chicago-based nonprofit that provides human connection, housing support and healthcare to members of the community who are unhoused or experiencing poverty, held its Lighting Up the Night fundraiser on June 13 at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.  It was the nonprofit’s first in-person benefit since 2019, attracting nearly 300 supporters who […]

How the Chicago Dermatological Society Launched a National Movement to Make Dermatology More Diverse and Inclusive

Recognizing that dermatology is one of the least integrated of the medical specialties in North America and noting the profound racial disparities in healthcare equity, Dr. Jordan Carqueville made diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) the focus of her 2021-2022 term as president of the Chicago Dermatological Society (CDS).  “In the field of dermatology, patients of […]

Better Makers: Marin Charitable Ushers in Spring By Helping Marin’s At-Risk Youth 

Marin Charitable held its annual Spring Fling on March 23 at Marin Country Club to raise funds for Marin’s at-risk youth.  The sold-out event exceeded its fundraising goals by raising $60,000. The organization recently surpassed a milestone of establishing an endowment fund of $250,000 to ensure long-term support for critical youth services.  The event was a tribute […]