What is Chicago Cause?

Chicago Cause began as a philanthropic partnership between Orbit Media, Digital Third Coast and Lightspan Digital.

Together we’ve donated over $660,000 in marketing services, including web design, digital marketing, SEO and content strategy to local Chicago nonprofits.

Through this cause, we strive to strengthen and serve Chicago nonprofits so that they can continue to do great things in the city we love!


Congratulations to the 2021 Chicago Cause winners!

On behalf of all the Chicago Cause partners, we would like to thank all the applicants for participating in this year’s Chicago Cause. We thank you for all that you do to make Chicago a better place.

The Chicago Cause winners are: 

Chicago CRED — CREATE REAL ECONOMIC DESTINY — is an anti-gun violence organization co-founded in 2016 by Arne Duncan, a former U.S. Secretary of Education and CEO of Chicago Public Schools, and Laurene Powell Jobs, the founder and president of Emerson Collective, a Palo Alto-based social impact organization. Chicago CRED works with community leaders, like-minded organizations, and hundreds of young men and women to radically reduce gun violence and bring hope back to Chicago.

  • A new website. This includes website design + development, copywriting, content entry, digital strategy consulting, and Google Analytics setup and review from Orbit Media Studios, plus free website hosting for the life of the website, valued at $40,000.

Collaboraction — Collaboraction, Chicago’s theater for social change, collaborates with a diverse community of Chicagoans, artists and community activists to create original theatrical and virtual experiences that cultivate dialogue and action around the world’s most critical social issues. Since the company’s founding in 1996, Collaboraction has pushed artistic boundaries working with more than 3,000 artists to bring more than 60 productions and events to more than 150,000 audience members. 

  • Digital marketing strategy, which may include SEO, content and paid media strategies from Digital Third Coast, valued at $20,000.

Grand total = $60,000

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