Posts in category "Organizations"

Open Letter To Donald Trump Supporters

Open Letter To Donald Trump Supporters
First, let me make this clear – this isn’t a blog post about why you shouldn’t vote for Donald Trump for president. By now, you are locked into your decision, and nothing I say will convince you otherwise. Despite overwhelming evidence of Trump’s inability to act professionally, he is choosing to remain in the race and... Read more »

My Chicago TARDIS Charity Auction Badge of Honor

My Chicago TARDIS Charity Auction Badge of Honor
Pinned to a corkboard in my home office is a blue badge. Three hundred and sixty days out of the year, it hangs there as a reminder…and for four days in November, that badge serves as a reminder of how driving social change – and doing good for the greater community – can happen in... Read more »

More Nonprofit (and Life) Lessons from STAR TREK

More Nonprofit (and Life) Lessons from STAR TREK
Earlier today, I made a guest appearance on WBEZ’s Morning Shift to discuss the 50th Anniversary of the original series of Star Trek. The idea was simple: discuss the lessons I had learned growing up watching the show. (Really – I came of age during the beginning of syndication, and I’ve not only discussed the show on WBEZ... Read more »
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Care For Friends: Impacting Homelessness in Chicago

Care For Friends: Impacting Homelessness in Chicago
Serving the homeless in Chicago can be a challenge for many organizations. Identifying and counting an exact number can be challenging due to the inexact nature of homelessness in Chicago. Many nonprofits make strong efforts to provide services to this population, but one nonprofit – Care For Friends – takes a very unique, compassionate perspective... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Youth-Led Tech

(Special thanks to Toni Irving of Get IN Chicago and Kyla Williams of Smart Chicago Collaborative for their time and insights). On August 5th, graduation ceremonies were held for a group of 100 teenagers who learned web coding and other computer skills. These teens participated in a program called Youth-Led Tech, which provided seven classes... Read more »

Chicago Charity Challenge Returns To The Big Leagues

Chicago Charity Challenge Returns To The Big Leagues
As many of this blog’s readers know, we love hearing – and highlighting – great initiatives that drive social change, social benefit, and social impact in Chicago. One of those initiatives involves corporate philanthropy – companies partnering with nonprofits and other mission-driven organizations to make a definite impact. Many readers are also aware that we’ve highlighted the... Read more »
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Millennial Trains Project (Follow-Up)

Millennial Trains Project (Follow-Up)
As mentioned in last week’s post, the Millennial Trains Project pulled into Chicago on Tuesday morning. With its focus on encouraging Millennials to get involved with social innovation, Millennial Trains Project shows incredible promise in terms of engaging individuals. Holding a small reception (with speakers) at Coalition: Energy, we were graciously invited to witness the event.... Read more »

Nonprofit Leadership Lessons from STAR TREK

Nonprofit Leadership Lessons from STAR TREK
Books on nonprofit leadership often run the gamut from very high-level treatises to more down-to-earth entries like The Mission Myth and Who Says It’s A Man’s World? However, in an increasingly complex field, transitioning into nonprofit leadership (as well as social enterprise and other mission-driven leadership) can be a challenge. In fact, for many, it’s a challenge... Read more »

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Social Enterprise Pitch Night on June 30th

Social Enterprise Pitch Night on June 30th
Chicago is leading the way in driving socially-minded businesses and other social enterprises. On June 30th, social change advocates are invited to attend Social Enterprise Pitch Night hosted by Social Enterprise Alliance-Chicago and Net Impact Chicago. If you’ve ever watched “Shark Tank”, you’ll understand the format: five social entrepreneur finalists will present their business concepts to judges... Read more »