Yes, most definitely. Giving is the secret to getting ahead, along with passion and the ability to collaborate

Yes, most definitely. Giving is the secret to getting ahead – along with collaboration and passion.

Earlier this year, a New York Times Sunday magazine cover story posed the question “Is Giving The Secret To Getting Ahead?” The article – written by Susan Dominus – is based on an interview with Wharton Business School professor and best selling author Adam Grant.

Photo courtesy of NY Times

The article:

Our answer is a resounding “YES!“- particularly when that giving accompanies passion for the work you are doing and the ability to collaborate with others.

Tony Perry of A. Perry Designs who graciously served as host of the party last night for the Philanthropy Awards winners, judges, fans and Make It Better staff, is a perfect example.

Anthony Perry, President, A Perry Designs

Tony’s passion for design and working with people to help them build their dream homes launched his business. Adopting the Northwestern University Settlement House (NUSH) as a philanthropic partner to embed giving back into his marketing campaign to launch their Winnetka Showroom Opening fueled remarkable growth – for A Perry and NUSH, too.

We think of the A Perry Design/NUSH/Make It Better Media relationship as an ideal example of the kind of Virtuous Circle our business likes to utilize.

Therefore, we were particularly delighted that our Philanthropy Awards judges selected NUSH as the winner of the Most Improved Fundraising Philanthropy Award and NUSH credits A Perry’s support for their recent fundraising success.

Representatives of the NUSH preschool, Rowe Elementary School, beneficiary families, board, staff, Tony (back row 4th from the left, peeking over the blong woman in front of him) and Make It Better staff at NUSH yesterday, following the Award presentation.

Good business as well as good philanthropy flows when a leader like Tony prioritizes helping as many as possible – growing a network of good – as part of their core mission.

Thank you Tony.

YOU = Unlimited Potential

“We are Y.O.U. We are Unlimited Potential.”

Y.O.U, Youth Organizations Umbrella is a youth development agency that provides services and leadership to meet the emerging needs of young people and their families in our community. Their commitment to improving the academic and social lives of children within the community is truly inspiring.

Thanks to Seth Green and Youth Organizations Umbrella for caring about and inspiring me, as well as the kids Y.O.U. serves.

Who Makes Your Community Better?

Every town has them–people who put exceptional time and heart into making their community better. They are true local treasures.

One example is former Evanston Mayor Lorraine H. Morton. Another is Ellen Stirling in Lake Forest.

Make It Better wants to feature a few others in our August “Best Of” issue. Could you please recommend one to me?

The Winning Attitude – The Chicago Bears Should Learn from Chicago’s Great Cultural Institutions

People, and institutions, get back what they give out. True winners are others-centered.

The Chicago Bears should learn from our city’s great cultural institutions.

Brian Urlacher, courtesy of Wikipedia

Above is Brian Urlacher.

As the Sun-Times Rick Morrisey said yesterday about the Chicago Bears and it’s star linebacker, “Urlacher doesn’t care about the fans. And neither do the Bears, who charge an average of $111 a ticket and laugh at you poor, witless slobs all the way to the bank.”

Lose for Urlbacher/lose for the Bears/lose for the fans/nothing left over for the community.

Contrast this to the Goodman, Joffrey, Shakespeare Theatre, Lyric Opera, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Art Institute, Lincoln Park Zoo and Shedd Aquarium. These institutions flourish because of their winning, others-centered attitude. They nurture greatness – the highest calibre productions, outreach & education, and opportunities for volunteers and funders.

Win for the institutions/win for the community/win for kids/win for volunteers and fundraisers.

Grandad – the Shedd’s oldest resident, courtesy of Shedd Aquarium

Courtesy of the Joffrey

Knitters, Please Help Warm Our Community

Make It Better is hosting our fourth annual Warming Hearts & Hands program. Please join us and donate gloves, scarves, hats, mittens, blankets, and coats to give to those who need the warmth in our community. Among those helping is the Northbrook Senior Center, whose knitters are revving up to donate hand-knitted mittens.

4th Annual Warming Hearts & Hands

An example of feedback from last year:

“Thanks so much for the winter coats. It means a lot. I was so cold and had to use many sweatshirts under a jacket. I prayed. You were my answer. Thanks again.”
-S., Lake County Haven Shelter

Donations are being accepted through December 14, and can be dropped off at either location below:

Make It Better
1150 Wilmette Ave, Suite J
Wilmette, IL 60091
(847) 256-4642
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Volunteer Center
520 Glendale Avenue
Winnetka, IL 60093
(847) 441-7665
between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Please Vote for Rose

Please click above and vote for Rose Marchuk. This will only take a few moments of your time and it is a lovely way to give a community thank you to Rose and gain national recognition of the remarkable rowing program she founded and grew at New Trier High School.

Thank you.