$3,000,000.00 raised for nonprofits!!

As of Feb 28, 2014, Make It Better has officially raised $3,009,451 for nonprofits.

Thank you to the Make It Better staff, readers, advertisers and nonprofit partners. It has been a great pleasure growing a valuable and effective community resource with you.

You are officially invited to the $4 million party. Our goal is to have it by National Philanthropy Day, November 15, this year.

A Very Successful Male Proves That Men Need Women And Daughters Make Men Better

Wharton Professor and New York Times Sunday Magazine cover boy Adam Grant provides extensive data to prove that men need women and daughters particularly make men better in this article.

It states, “Is it possible that proximity to infant girls prompts greater generosity? Additional studies, in a variety of fields, suggest this is the case — and that it might extend beyond daughters.”  A perfect example of this is philanthropist Bill Gates, whose reluctance for charitable giving made a complete turn after his marriage to Melissa Gates and the birth of his daughter.

This also helps prove that females are the true change agents for the better, and that we were spot-on to target moms with Make It Better Media.

Philanthropy As Part Of Business DNA Means Better Bottom Line

Expert Bruce DeBoskey states in a Denver Post article:

“By inserting philanthropy into the very DNA of a startup, entrepreneurs make community engagement an organic part of the organization. This simple step enhances recruitment, productivity, sales and ultimately the bottom line. At the same time, it builds stronger and healthier communities in which to live and work.”

Read more.

This is just as true in publishing as it is in other businesses. Our Make It Better audience loves and trusts our magazine and website because we grew organically by amplifying outstanding and authentic giving back efforts.

You are the Future of Philanthropy

You are the future of philanthropy. And the future looks like fun indeed.

Everyone can be a philanthropist–by donating time, talent, or treasure to a cause which is dear to them.

As Katherine Fulton explains in her TED Talk, because of connectivity and opportunity in our evolving world, philanthropy has evolved from elite, closed, fragmented, and slow to become open, big, fast, connected, and long.  With modern technology and open information, being a philanthropist–or making a measured difference in others’ lives–is within reach of essentially everyone.

Who wouldn’t find satisfaction in this? Please join the movement. If you want any advice, I welcome the opportunity to help. Please ask.

To learn more from Katherine Fulton, click here.

Weave Yourself Into History and Connect With Great Women Through the Tiffany Circle of American Red Cross

Everyone has a Red Cross story, be it through disaster relief, blood drives, volunteer opportunities or classes, the American Red Cross (ARC) is deeply woven into our society. It holds a significant place in American history too. Who doesn’t learn about Clara Barton, first female federal employee and Founder of the American Red Cross, as a rite of passage through school?

Now you can connect with great women of our day and weave yourself into the fabric of ARC by joining its Tiffany Circle of women. Learn more here.

Here are some of the current North Shore Tiffany Circle members:

Members (left to right) Front row: Jan Tratnik, Fran Edwardson, Susan Noyes, Karen Teller (of Boston, featured speaker at a recent Tiffany Circle event); Middle row: Jana Schreuder, Sue Brenner, Cynthia Werts, Karen Hindman, Mary Pat Studdert, Susan Gallagher; Back row: Claudia Wolf, Aileen Blake, Kim Macpherson, Ginger Hellwarth, Alex Marren;
North Shore members not included: Virginia Blankenbaker, Alexandra Nichols, Cate Waddell.

And here is an example of how the Tiffany Circle can connect you with great women from around our country and the world.

And, of course, the Tiffany jewelry is a fun perk too:

Fund Best Collaboration Practices to Grow Best Rehab Practices

“You have given money to an institution that gives life back to people who have had their whole life taken away… It’s much more satisfying to work with them than with politicians too.” – Senator Mark Kirk.

Senator Mark Kirk following his Keynote Address at yesterday's RIC groundbreaking, with me, Winnetka's Bonnie Balkin and Chicago's Julie Allen.

Senator Mark Kirk following his Keynote Address at yesterday’s RIC groundbreaking, with me, Winnetka’s Bonnie Balkin and Chicago’s Julie Allen.

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago has long been considered the best of its kind in the country. With yesterday’s groundbreaking and capital campaign launch for a new facility where researchers will work alongside patient care delivery, to be called the Ability Institute, RIC is poised to become a national leader for all research hospitals. The ability to collaborate and innovate often leads to solutions for the most difficult issues that humanity faces. Senator Kirk’s remarkable recovery because of the care he received at RIC’s initial AbilityLab–the concept from which the new hospital has been developed–is a good example of this. Bionic limbs like the one below is another.

Rosetta Robertson, 73. Photo courtesy of the Sun-Times

A place where the researchers work alongside the people who need their help is a simple enough idea, but one that is all too rare, especially in health care.  The Ability Institute bridges this gap, ensuring that funds will go to a real, measurable solution.  Therefore, a philanthropic investment in this new hospital should be effective venture philanthropy indeed.  

The Ability Institute of RIC

Impact 100 Chicago Awards $100,000 to Umoja

Marybeth Lernihan Impact 100 Chicago, Lila Leff Founder of Umoja, Ted Christians CEO of Umoja and Michele Polvere, Impact 100 Chicago

Marybeth Lernihan Impact 100 Chicago, Lila Leff Founder of Umoja, Ted Christians CEO of Umoja and Michele Polvere, Impact 100 Chicago

Impact 100 Chicago is a women’s philanthropic organization that annually awards $100,000 to a deserving organization.  This year, they awarded $127,000 to four Chicago-area nonprofits at their annual Grant Award Celebrations on June 6th.

This year’s main winner–the recipient of $100,000–was Umoja, an organization that partners with Chicago’s most challenged public high schools and helps reduce school violence, promotes academic success, and increases college enrollment.  The grant will be used specifically to expand its Restorative Justice Program at two high schools.  Kudos to them.

The remaining three finalists were ENLACE Chicago, La Casta Norte, and Sarah’s Inn, each receiving $9,000 for their work.  Find out more about Impact 100 Chicago and its amazing women here.


Connections & Meaning

MIB Co-Founder Mindy Fauntleroy, Chief Creative Officer Cheryl Berman, Pat Noyes, myself, Raven Kane, Nick Noyes the Younger

Connections and meaning reverberated around Chase Auditorium at the Philanthropy Awards Wednesday night. Thanks abounded. And no one appreciated it more than I did!

The following message from recipient Dan Weisberg of Innovations For Learning echos others that we have received:

“What a truly terrific evening, all the way around. The synergies in the room from all this fine commitment to community engagement was really quite wonderful to behold. Our tutors who were there (from AT&T, comScore, CareerBuilder.COM, Morningstar, and CBRE) all had a great time.”

PHil Award Sherry Arthur Nikki Indart and Susan Noyes

Sherry Arthur, Nikki Indart, and myself

The venture philanthropy data was good too. The videos helped the nonprofits raise more money and awareness. A lot. In fact, the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund raised a record $1.7 million and gave Make It Better substantial credit for that.

Tom Sabatino of Walgreens

Tom Sabatino of Walgreens

Thanks again to sponsors Chase JPMorgan, represented by Francee Harrington, and Walgreens, represented by Tom Sabatino, and everyone at Make It Better. My greatest thanks go to those in the first photo above–family and friends who have supported me unconditionally on this Make It Better journey. I am a most blessed woman indeed.

Lives Made Better 92,901 and counting

Liam Krehbiel Scores 100% With A Better Chicago

Social Entrepreneur Liam Krehbiel Scores 100% With
A Better Chicago
Venture Philanthropy Fund

It takes vision and courage to launch a new entrepreneurial concept in the business or philanthropic worlds. Liam Krehbiel’s got it – inherited from his ancestors who built Molex Corporation from a plastic invention. But he’s more interested in counting lives made better than items sold.

With auction help from life long friends Leslie Hindman and Trish Rooney, his venture philanthropy fund, A Better Chicago, scored a great success last night at it’s first gala. 100% of the funds raised by the 400 guests and the auction of unique travel experiences went directly to the mission – of funding the most effective nonprofits in Chicago.