Part 2; Best Annual MIB Supported Fundraisers

Welcome back to Part 2 of my posting of top MIB Supported Fundraisers.

Today, we’ll look at top NFP Gala’s in the area of Service and Schools.

1. City Year Ripples of Hope Gala (4/2015) This year’s Gala was a huge success; it took place on April 9, 2014 and raised a total of $903,685 in support of our service to the students of Chicago. View photos from the evening on City Year’s Flickr Page. Thanks were given out to ;

Mayor Rahm Emanuel
City of Chicago

Mark Furlong
CEO, BMO Harris Bank

Read and subscribe to the City Year Blog, as well.

2. Posse Foundation Chicago Golf Outing and Cocktail + Dinner Reception, (9/2015)

Their website says it all; “Posse is one of the most comprehensive and renowned college access and youth leadership development programs in the United States. In fact, President Barack Obama said in an interview in The Chronicle of Higher Education, “One of this year’s MacArthur awardees—the ‘genius’ awards—is an innovator named Deborah Bial. She proposed a model to identify promising students from…urban backgrounds using an alternative set of qualities as predictors of success in college. …The students that are selected form a ‘Posse’ and are provided with extra supports, and end up graduating from selective colleges with a very high success rate.”

3. After School Matters Annual Gala (9/2015)

There’s still time to attend the 2014 After School Matters Annual Gala or simply plan for 2015.

After School Matters organization

After School Matters® is a non-profit organization that offers Chicago high school teens innovative out-of-school activities.

4. Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund 25th Anniversary (10/25/14)

Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund

This event is just around the corner so find out more and buy tickets here.

5. Invest For Kids Conference (11/6/14)

Invest For Kids is a unique forum that brings together portfolio managers, family offices, private investors and analysts to learn about strategies and specific investment ideas from a leading group of investment managers.  Their Sixth Annual Event is coming up in a little over a month at Harris Theater. You can register now.

6. A Better Chicago Project Impact Awards (11/13/14)

Watch a video overview of the Project Impact, which is fascinating. Project Impact is a competition that harnesses the power of innovation to move the needle for those in need. Nonprofits across the country can use this prize to launch or grow their presence in the Chicago metropolitan area. We support this initiative and hope you will too. See who gets awarded this year on 11/13/2014.
7. KIPP Chicago Schools KIPP Talk (Spring 2015 )          KIPP Chicago

MIB has been a big supporter of KIPP for some time. We appreciate their mission;  To create a network of schools that empower students with the character and academic skills necessary to succeed in top-quality high schools and universities, to be happy in the competitive world, and to have a positive impact on their communities.

8. Chicago High School for the Arts Kerfuffle (5/2015)

Kerfuffle! is ChiArts’ annual fundraising event featuring performances and exhibitions by Scholar-Artists from the Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts conservatories at ChiArts . The evening will feature four “Arts Partner All-Stars” representing some of the 72 Chicago arts institutions that partner with ChiArts as well as a reception with a strolling Cabaret Dinner.

Please also take a look at the first in this series; Part 1; MIB 2013 Philanthropy Award Winners. 

The Make It Better 2012 Philanthropy Awards

Yesterday was AMAZING! Seven MIBs (Make It Better staff), one photographer, one volunteer driver and a four-person TV crew caravaned across Chicago and through the North Shore delivering eight Philanthropy Awards in celebration of National Philanthropy Day.

The reactions from the Award recipients made our year – particularly when they learned that their prize included a professional video intended to bring their worthy missions to life and generate more support.

Seeing these great organizations in action proved that our award process worked too. Each one of these nonprofits is a model of success to promote online, in print and in person.

Below you can meet the deserving winners and organizations in the order we visited them:

Mark Mulroe of A Safe Haven Foundation

Our first stop was A Safe Haven Foundation. Founder Mark Mulroe accepted the local Inspiring Mission Award on its behalf (tied with Girls in the Game). Because I am such of fan of their model – keeping families together in safe housing to deliver all the recovery, job training and other services under one loving roof – which has far better impact for cost than the usual programs, I was particularly delighted to start the day delivering this well deserved award. I was sorry to miss Mark’s beautiful and charismatic wife, CoFounder Nellie Vawquez Mulroe, though.

The ladies of Girls in the Game, along with myself and MIBS

The other local Most Inspiring Mission award went to Girls in the Game, whose mission is to promote sports and fitness opportunities – and the general well-being – of girls. What a lovely, inspiring group of ladies!

Spark Executive Director Sarah Mayeda accepting the award for Spark

Our third stop was Spark, the winner of the national Most Inspiring Mission award. They help youth in under-served community schools by offering them amazing apprenticeship opportunities through mentorships with professionals in careers that might “spark” their interests.

The amazing team at the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund, along with myself and MIBS

The Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund was our fourth stop and the winner of the local Educational Innovation Award. Their work lies in “igniting potential, enriching lives” by providing scholarships to parochial and independent high schools for high school students with great academic potential. They draw on the Evans Scholars model too. What a noble cause. We met 4 Daniel Murphy scholar alums at the office and included in the photo above. What an impressive group!

Ladies from the By the Hand Club and myself

Our fifth stop was at the By the Hand Club to present the Lives Made Better award. Started in 2001 with only 16 student in Cabrini Green, this organization takes at risk kids “by the hand” figuratively and literally to keep them safe, supported and on track for success and stays with them into and beyond college. Almost 900 students are served this year; their ultimate goal is to help 5000 a year. The Founder gave up a big career as the President of an advertising agency to start By The Hand; she still works full-time and receives no pay. She said that the roots she has grown with all the kids that By The Hand supports are invaluable.

A smiling Seth Weinberger from Innovations for Learning, myself on his right, some of his team, and MIBS

Innovations for Learning was our sixth stop as the winner of the national Educational Innovation Award. Executive Director and Founder Seth Weinberger accepted the award on his nonprofit’s behalf.

The Project Music team, myself on the left, and MIBS

Family-run nonprofit Project Music was our seventh stop and winner of the Fundraising Innovation award. The Michelson family in Glencoe felt moved to do more to help the orphans at Lydia Children’s Home than just volunteer. They grew an annual fundraising concert that sends those orphans to summer camp for 2 weeks each year and underwrite the entire expense of the event. Guest at the concert know that 100% of their donation helped send a kid to camp.

Representatives from the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA) and myself in front of the camera

Last but not least, our eighth stop was at the Great Lakes Adaptive Sport Association (GLASA), winner of the Most Improved Fundraising award. They support those with physical impairments by providing inclusive fitness, recreational, and sports-related activities. Their goal: 100% participation – no one unable to compete. We particularly loved hearing GLASA credit their event partnerships with Make It Better for helping them achieve such spectacular growth – proof that the Make It Better goal of creating win/win/win scenarios for our audience and the nonprofits and businesses they support works!

Please plan to join us at the celebration of these winners coming early in 2013.