Jeff Tweedy, Kodi Lee Bring Star Power to Keshet's Virtual Fundraiser, Helping to Raise $900K

Supporters from 34 states and five countries raised $900,000 for Keshet—a Northbrook-based non-profit that provides services that keep children and adults with intellectual challenges active and engaged in their communities—without ever leaving home. Instead of donning ball gowns and tuxedos, attendees put on their comfiest Zoom pants and powered on their computers to attend the […]

Give Time, Things, Support: 6 Chicago Nonprofits to Help This December

December has come and will go soon. As the year draws to a close, consider the countless organizations that have persistently worked to support our community during pandemic. Whether you can give your time by volunteering, things by donating unwanted or unused items, or support through monetary contributions—give back this month to show your appreciation […]

Better Makers: A Better Chicago

A Better Chicago is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving education conditions in Chicago for children in low-income neighborhoods. On May 14th, they hosted their annual benefit at the UIC Forum. In addition to raising $1.7 million to benefit their grantee organizations, they unveiled a new strategic plan and launched their new website. There was also a […]

Wanted: More Virtuous Circles To Strengthen Local Communities

Supporting our local schools and businesses was so much easier before the Internet upended traditional retail and communication practices.   Back in the day, shopping local epitomized convenience and community. Social networking meant visiting in person or volunteering. We didn’t average 8.2 hours per day on phones and in front of screens. One strong newspaper […]

Life As a Cabaret: Providing Low- or No-Cost Fundraisers

Chicago cabaret artist Hilary Ann Feldman was frustrated. Like many artists, her pockets weren’t full—but her heart was. So Feldman found colleagues of like minds and hearts, and formed Acts Of Kindness Cabaret, a not-for-profit association of cabaret professionals who provide quality cabaret performances, largely free of charge, as fundraising events for other nonprofits. “We’re […]

Catch Indie Films at Evanston’s Talking Pictures Film Festival

With Hollywood’s award season behind us, it’s time to take a fresh look at films.  Now in its third year, the Talking Pictures Festival has something of interest for everyone.   From April 14 – 17 at four Evanston venues, there are over 20 programs to choose from.  The schedule is loaded with independent, thought-provoking, […]

Chipping Away at Global Warming and World Hunger

Mary McLaughlin could be considered a local treasure simply for the beautiful handpainted ceramic treasures that her company, McLaughlin Glazeware, produces in Northfield.   But while high-profile customers such as Hillary Clinton are avid collectors of the enamels, chinaware, jewelry and gift boxes, McLaughlin’s other passion is found hanging on a tree. And that passion […]

Estrella Rosenberg, Big Love Little Hearts, Chicago

Losing a sister to a heart defect inspired Estrella Rosenberg to provide life-saving surgeries to children with heart defects in developing countries.   A former jury consultant, she left the business world to start her own nonprofit, Big Love Little Hearts, which has saved more than 300 lives in the past year and a half. […]