2023 Philanthropy Award Winners: 3 Organizations Making the Greatest Impact in Violence Interruption and Prevention in Chicago

The Make It Better Foundation recently hosted its 2023 Philanthropy Awards with emcee Suzanne Le Mignot of CBS 2 Chicago to honor the Chicago-area nonprofits working to make a difference in violence interruption and prevention throughout the city.  This year, the Make It Better Foundation recognized recipients with evidence-based programs that prevent gun violence by […]

The Power of Art to Prevent Gun Violence: Artist Bonnie Lautenberg Launches National Fundraising Effort with Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords

Ten years ago, former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords founded Giffords, a gun-prevention organization. It was a month after the Sandy Hook tragedy, and two years to the day after Giffords was shot in the head in an attack that left six people dead and 13 injured at a Saturday morning constituent meet-and-greet outside a grocery store […]

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 […]

How Philanthropy Award Winner Breakthrough Has Established a Radical, Relentless — and Hopeful — Approach to Violence Reduction

It is no secret that across Chicago, the economic and social landscape can be vastly different neighborhood to neighborhood. But what isn’t as widely understood are the specific disproportionate realities — like housing insecurity and unemployment rates — and the very real consequences they can have in a community. For many youth in the city, […]

Make It Better Foundation Celebrates the 2021 Chicago Philanthropy Award Winners

Though held virtually instead of within the majestic Wintrust Grand Banking Hall as in previous years, the Make It Better Foundation 2021 Philanthropy Awards succeeded in promoting charitable recognition and knowledge through awards, heartfelt stories, speeches and presentations. Founder and chief visionary officer of Make It Better Media Group Susan B. Noyes, introduced this year’s […]

2019 Philanthropy Awards: Selah Freedom

Puppy therapy. Horse therapy. Art therapy. These are just some of the innovative ways that 2019 Make It Better Foundation Philanthropy Award winner Selah Freedom has committed to restoring the lives of child sex trafficking victims. In fact, “selah” means “to pause, rest, and reflect” in Hebrew. Combine that definition with “heal,” and you have […]

2019 Philanthropy Awards: Keshet

It’s been 36 years since Keshet, which means “rainbow” in Hebrew, was founded in Chicago with the intent to give people with special needs a better life. With programming ranging from preschool to adult daily living, Keshet has helped over a thousand individuals with disabilities find their place in not just the Jewish community but […]

Fresh Start Caring For Kids Continues to Change Lives in Chicago

A relative newcomer to Chicago, Fresh Start Caring For Kids Foundation has devoted the past four years to making a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children with physical deformities. Since opening in 2014, the organization has provided free surgeries and medical care to 79 patients and more than $3 million in donated medical care. […]