Action Now Institute

Action Now’s mission is to educate, inspire and engage community residents of Illinois’ low- and moderate-income communities to take a public stance on the issues that affect their neighborhoods, city and state.

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The Adjoin Fund

The sole purpose and mission of the Fund is to help African American boys, grades six to eight, become more competent readers.

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Albany Park Theater Project

Albany Park Theater Project is a multiethnic youth theater ensemble that creates transformational experiences that inspire people to envision and work toward a more just and beautiful world.

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We facilitate personal development, strengthen family relationships, and enhance the community’s well-being through a diverse range of services including, youth development programs and clinical health services.

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ARISE Chicago

Arise Chicago builds partnerships between faith communities and workers to fight workplace injustice through education and organizing and public policy changes.

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BPNC’s mission is to create a safer community, improve the learning environment at public schools, preserve affordable housing, provide a voice for youth, protect immigrants’ rights, promote gender equity, and end all forms of violence.

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Campaign for Fair Sentencing of Youth

The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth is a national coalition and clearinghouse that leads, coordinates, develops, and supports efforts to implement just alternatives to the extreme sentencing of America’s youth with a focus on abolishing life-without-parole sentences for all youth.

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Chicago Federation of Labor

The Chicago Federation of Labor Workforce and Community Initiative (“CFL Initiative”) was founded by the Chicago Federation of Labor in 1994 to assist manufacturing workers displaced by massive layoffs due to plant closures regain meaningful and sustainable employment.

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Chicago Freedom School

The mission of the Chicago Freedom School is to create new generations of critical thinking young people who use their unique experiences and power to create a just world.

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Chicago Housing Initiative

The mission of the Chicago Housing Initiative (CHI) is to amplify the power of low-income Chicago residents to preserve, improve, and expand subsidized rental housing, promote community stabilization, and advance racial and economic inclusion and equity.

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Communities United

As a grassroots social justice organization, Communities United builds power by developing local leadership and empowering communities to identify and address the root causes of inequity at the neighborhood, city and state levels.

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COFI’s mission is to strengthen the power and voice of low-income families at all levels of public life – from local institutions and communities to city and state policy arenas.

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Crossroads Fund

Crossroads Fund supports community organizations working on issues of racial, social and economic justice in the Chicago area.

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Dainty Warrior Project

The mission of the Dainty Warrior Project is to support families during childhood cancer treatment.

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DuSable Museum of African American History

The DuSable Museum of African American History is dedicated to the collection, documentation, preservation, study and dissemination of the history and culture of Africans, Africans of the Diaspora, and Americans of African descent.

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Empowerment through Education and Exposure

Our mission is to provide youth with educational experiences and exposure activities, empowering them to reach and achieve success beyond their current understanding of what is possible.

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Equip for Equality

Equip for Equality advances the human and civil rights of children and adults in Illinois.

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FCHN Program

Our mission is to feed, clothe and assist the needy while providing uplifting services to the Chicago Englewood community.

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First Book

To provide high-quality new books and educational resources to children in need from birth through age 18. Our goal is to ensure all children—regardless of their economic situations—have equal access to quality educational opportunities.

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Grow Your Own Illinois

The mission of Grow Your Own Illinois is to support the education and excellence of GYO teacher candidates and graduates; advocate for policies that facilitate increasing the number of teachers of color; and coordinate and align the work of innovative partnerships among universities, community colleges, school districts and community organizers that make up the GYO consortia across the state.

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Infinite Scholars

It is the mission of the Infinite Scholars Program to provide financially-disadvantaged students with the financial means and guidance to further their education and pursuing degrees at institutions of higher education.

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Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization

Through the sustained engagement of low-income and working families, KOCO develops multi-generational leaders who impact decision-making processes and public policies, improving the quality of life in our local communities.

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Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN)

KEEN’s mission is to empower youth with disabilities by providing free, non-competitive one-to-one programs of exercise, fitness and fun, led by volunteer coaches.

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Legal Assistance Fund (LAF)

At LAF we work together to provide high quality civil legal aid to people living in poverty and other vulnerable groups.

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Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA)

LSNA is a community-based organization, advancing diversity, leader development, and models for engagement as the catalyst for social change.

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Network for Public Education

We are an advocacy group whose mission is to preserve, promote, improve and strengthen public schools for both current and future generations of students.

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New Moms

New Moms’ mission is to express the love of God by surrounding young moms and their children with all they need, to transform their lives.

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New Sector Alliance

Our mission is to strengthen the social sector by enriching its talent pipeline.

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The Night Ministry

The Night Ministry compassionately provides housing, health care, outreach, spiritual care, and social services to adults and youth who struggle with homelessness, poverty and loneliness.

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ONE Northside

Organizing Neighborhoods for Equality: Northside is a mixed-income, multi-ethnic, intergenerational organization that unites our diverse communities. We build collective power to eliminate injustice through bold and innovative community organizing.

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Parents Across America

PAA is a grassroots organization that connects parents of all backgrounds across the United States to share ideas and work together to improve our nation’s public schools.

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Pilsen Alliance

Pilsen Alliance is a social justice organization committed to developing grassroots leadership in Pilsen and neighboring working class, immigrant communities in Chicago’s Lower West Side.

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Profound Gentlemen

Profound Gentlemen is an incentive based program designed to retain male educators of color through peer development, community building, and career opportunities.

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Project Fierce Chicago

Project Fierce’s mission is to reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness in Chicago by providing transitional housing and support services to LGBTQ-identified young adults.

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Raise Your Hand Illinois

Our Mission is to help parents become advocates for their children by providing information on policies that impact them, building networks to share ideas, and creating tools to elicit change.

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ReFund America Project

The ReFund America Project focuses on researching how Wall Street’s predatory practices contribute to public budget distress and drive austerity policies, and partners with community organizations and unions to develop campaigns to fix these problems so that we can fully fund public services.

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Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP)

Our mission is to advance economic and social human rights by organizing and developing leadership among people most affected by economic and racial oppression.

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Special Olympics

The Special Olympics mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

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St Paul Church of God in Christ Community Development Ministries (SPCDM)

The mission of the organization is to provide human and social services geared towards empowerment.

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YMCA of Metro Chicago (Urban Warriors Program)

The mission of the YMCA of Metro Chicago is to develop strong children, families and communities across Metropolitan Chicago through academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, and fitness and healthy living.

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Young Chicago Authors

Young Chicago Authors (YCA) transforms the lives of young people by cultivating their voices through writing, publication, and performance education.

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