Part 1; Best Annual MIB Supported Chicago Fundraisers

2013 MIB Philanthropy Awards

North Shore philanthropists use their love of big ideas, unique experiences, family fun, great home design, fashion, drop-dead glamour and ladies lunches to support a plethora of excellent causes. Over the next eight days, I’ll give you a sneak peak at Make It Better’s list of top annual fundraisers supported by our audience.  Of course, we’re starting with the annual events for the nonprofits who won our 2013 Philanthropy Awards.

See the full list of winners here. Please click on each organization to view their fantastic work and see the video we awarded each organization, within each links;

(Watch our Video of the 2013 MIB Philanthropy Awards Here)

If you are looking for a special experience tied to a good cause to support, we recommend any of them to you too. Stay tuned over for the next seven posts to cover fabulous NFP organizations in the following categories;

Service & Schools

Ladies Luncheons

Top25 Galas Supported by the North Shore

For Fashionistas

For Families

Art, Antiques & Home Decor

Fabulous Experience Auctions

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Caroline DeGenaars, Jeff Skoll, Media With Meaning And An Invitation

Caroline DeGenaars is one of Kenilworth’s great social entrepreneurs – a true Make It Better woman. She leverages her resources, time and social capital to support or create programs likely to have real impact on those who need the most help.

Caroline with Gwen Solberg

Caroline with her husband, Dirk

One of those programs is the Providence Englewood Charter School (PECS), founded by many Kenilworth families. The message below, sent by Caroline as an invitation to a fundraiser for PECS, does a fantastic job describing the school and why it should be supported:


Meet Evelyn…she’s one of my 1st grade Providence Englewood Charter School (PECS) students who just made “Straight A” Honor Roll! What moved me about this moment we shared was not only her achievement, but her pride. She was so happy to show off her award; so excited to have accomplished such an honor.


Evelyn Deanes with her honor roll plaque

Eight years ago, a group of families from Kenilworth pooled their resources to launch Providence Englewood Charter School (PECS) in the old Ralph Bunche School building, an Englewood neighborhood school that shut down due to poor performance. Today kids in grades K-8 in the PECS neighborhood not only have a school to attend, but they’re thriving, scoring well on standardized tests and moving on to competitive high schools.

Please join us on Friday, February 28th to support and celebrate all that PECS has accomplished in the last 8 years. We promise you a casual, fun evening of Barbeque, Blues and warm camaraderie in the midst of these arduous cold winter nights. Help us to help the kids at PECS so they can continue to “work, plan, build and dream – in that order.”

Jeff Skoll was Employee #2 and President #1 at eBay. He retired with enough financial capital to dedicate the rest of his life to social entrepreneurism, including producing successful movies and promoting “media with meaning.”

Jeff Skoll

Please see Jeff’s Media With Meaning Ted Talk: Ted Talk

Make It Better loves supporting social entrepreneurs. It puts the most meaning in our media too. If you too are a social entrepreneur working on a project about which you are passionate – we want to help. I invite you to connect with me at at your earliest convenience.

Also – please let us know if you would like an invitation to the PECS fundraiser.

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.