Category: Social Impact/Social Enterprise

Meet Your Neighbor: Klava Fund

(Special thanks to Stephen Klava of Klava Fund for his time and insights) Crowdfunding and fundraising can be challenging for many individuals and organizations. Small businesses are at greater risk for closing due to COVID-driven financial pressures, and other mission-driven organizations find themselves wondering how they can meet their immediate expenses within a short period... Read more »

Above the Waves: Improving Student Mental Health Through Technology

Above the Waves: Improving Student Mental Health Through Technology
(Special thanks to Ryan Hesslau of Above the Waves for his time and insight) Even before the current COVID-19 pandemic, high school and college students have many issues connecting with mental health services. Despite current statistics around youth and adolescent mental health issues from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Mental... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: ChicagoMutualAid.net

Meet Your Neighbor: ChicagoMutualAid.net
After several months of lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, many Chicagoans are still facing great financial stresses. Services ranging from the Chicago Public Schools’ meal program to the CTA have been shut down or closed, and many coronavirus relief funds and mutual aid resources are either empty or require updates. With many Chicago residents requiring further... Read more »
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Meet Your Neighbor: Illinois Legal Aid Online

(<Special thanks to Terri Ross and Marcin Gulik of Illinois Legal Aid Online for their time and insights) One of the consequences of COVID-19 has been an increased reliance on legal assistance around issues like unemployment, immigration, and landlord/tenant issues. Engaging the legal system can be intimidating, and language barriers can make the process even... Read more »

West Monroe Partners' 2020 Plans: A Talk With Tom Hulsebosch

West Monroe Partners' 2020 Plans: A Talk With Tom Hulsebosch
(Special Thanks to Tom Hulsebosch of West Monroe Partners for his time and insights) Earlier this month, Tom Hulsebosch stepped into the role of Office Leader at West Monroe Partners, and the consulting firm has big plans for their Chicago office. Although the firm has been featured on this blog for its corporate social responsibility... Read more »

Help Caregivers Feel Gratitude This Thanksgiving & Holiday Season

Help Caregivers Feel Gratitude This Thanksgiving & Holiday Season
As National Family Caregiver Month comes to end, it is important to recognize that unpaid caregiving is becoming more of a national trend. (I should know – I have been an unpaid caregiver for my mother for several years). With Thanksgiving and the holiday season fast approaching, it might be a great opportunity to discuss... Read more »
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Raks Geek: December 13 Fundraiser for RIP Medical Debt

Raks Geek: December 13 Fundraiser for RIP Medical Debt
Although we’ve spoken twice with Dawn Xiana Moon of Raks Geek about immigration reform, she and the troupe are taking on another cause at their upcoming December 13th performance at the Newport Theater in Lakeview. Some of the proceeds from Raks Geek’s December 13 performance will be used to forgive medical debt through RIP Medical Debt,... Read more »

Belmont Cragin: One Chicago Neighborhood's Renaissance

Belmont Cragin: One Chicago Neighborhood's Renaissance
Belmont Cragin is one of Chicago’s best-kept secrets: it’s a neighborhood that has been experiencing a renaissance. This renaissance was driven by a collaboration between the Northwest Side Housing Center and LISC Chicago which engaged community residents around community and neighborhood develop in developing a Quality of Life Plan (QLP). As Jose Quilles (the blue-shirted man... Read more »

Book Review: TREKONOMICS - The Economics of STAR TREK

Book Review: TREKONOMICS - The Economics of STAR TREK
Much of my professional career (working with nonprofits, social enterprise, and private clients), as well as my personal philosophy, has been shaped by Star Trek. Whether adopting leadership lessons from Jean-Luc Picard or ethical principles based on the Federation, I have always gravitated towards Trek’s values (second only to those of Doctor Who). So when a recent YouTube video on the... Read more »
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Cannabis & Economic Development: Seke Ballard & Good Tree Capital

Cannabis & Economic Development: Seke Ballard & Good Tree Capital
In June 2019, Governor JB Pritzker signed a bill legalizing cannabis in Illinois starting in 2020. As the eleventh state to legalize cannabis, Illinois is hoping to drive economic development. Many local startups seek to take advantage of this legislation, and there are ample opportunities for both economic and community revitalization. On Friday, August 9th,... Read more »