After Giving Tuesday, it’s Warm-hearted Wednesday!

Wow, friends! There is lots of giving happening….

So yesterday on Facebook, we asked what organizations and causes are important to you, and you all showed up! I’m in awe of the responses – friends from grade school, high school, college, best friends, friends of friends, friends from random places. The power of social media can be amazing!

We’ve compiled the list by organization type and if you’re looking for a place to volunteer time or to donate goods or money, let this list be your guide.

Civic & Social
Sunny Patch Project (information unavailable on Charity Navigator) – Community gardening in Darien, IL

Heifer International (3 stars on Charity Navigator) – Ending Poverty and Hunger

4-H (information unavailable on Charity Navigator) – A community that provides experiences where young people learn by doing
(Our mother would be quite happy to see this one on the list!)

The Simple Good (information unavailable on Charity Navigator) – Working with at-risk youth in Chicago and internationally to them find positivity through arts

Kiva (4 stars on Charity Navigator) – International non-profit with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty

Chicago Foundation for Women (4 stars on Charity Navigator) – Invest in women to make a better society

Chicago Police Memorial Foundation (information unavailable on Charity Navigator) – To honor those fallen in the line of duty, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation offers opportunities to show the support and appreciation to these men, women, and families

Alpha Phi (information unavailable on Charity Navigator) –  A sisterhood of outstanding women supporting one another in lifelong achievement

She Should Run (information unavailable on Charity Navigator) – Encouraging women to understand the political offices and supporting their decision to serve in office

Medical/Medical Research

Love Your Melon (information unavailable on Charity Navigator) – Putting a hat on every child battling cancer in America
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American Heart Association (4 stars on Charity Navigator) – Our mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke

Facial Pain Research Foundation (information unavailable on Charity Navigator) – Research needs support if it hopes to find relief for those suffering from Trigeminal Neuralgia

Shriners Children Hospital (4 stars on Charity Navigator) – Our friends at Family Bar host an annual party on their behalf!

Camp Kesem (information unavailable on Charity Navigator) – Summer camps for children whose parents are being treated or have died from cancer

ALS Association (4 stars on Charity Navigator) – The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front

Ronald McDonald House (4 stars on Charity Navigator) – Provides comfort and care to children and their families

Mended Little Hearts National Organization (information unavailable on Charity Navigator) – Supports children and families suffering from cogenial heart defects

Children’s National Medical Center (information unavailable on Charity Navigator) – Providing general and specialized healthcare to children

Brain Tumor Run/Walk (3 stars on Charity Navigator)- Join us on April 23, 2017 for the BT5K with Team Tu(No)Mor

Flashes of Hope (3 stars on Charity Navigator) – Creating powerful, uplifting portraits of children fighting cancer

Donors Choose (4 stars on Charity Navigator) – Pick a teacher and their classroom to support!

Illinois Science Council (information unavailable on Charity Navigator) – Engages, educates, and entertains the public – especially adults – about science and technology and its importance in our everyday lives

Youth Guidance (information unavailable on Charity Navigator) – Christian ministry for young people

Felines & Canines (information unavailable on Charity Navigator) – A no-kill animal shelter located in Chicago

NAWS Humane Society (information unavailable on Charity Navigator) – A no-kill animal shelter located in Mokena, IL, or on our GoFundMe page at

Thank you Karen, Angie, Lettie, Natalie, Peg, Cassie, Debbie, Shannon, Lesa, Danielle, Nubia, Heather, Meredith, Megan and Rita. For many of you these causes are personal, we thank you for sharing your story with us!

I’ll add a few more to the list that either Stephanie or I contribute to:

National Park Foundation (most parks are listed separately and many receive 4 stars) – Supporting the US National Park Service

Planned Parenthood (most branches are listed separately and many receive 3 stars) – Providing healthcare and education

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