Past Chicago Cause Winners

Every year we welcome just causes. Just cuz it’s the right thing to do. Look at our history of all the past winners we’ve given brighter futures. Just causes, just cuz.

2016 Chicago Cause Winners

Bernie’s Book Bank – website design + development from Orbit Media, valued at $20,000. Bernie’s Book Bank collects, processes and distributes quality new and gently used children’s books to significantly increase BOOK OWNERSHIP among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland.

Children’s Oncology Services – SEO & content training workshop, a content strategy & calendar, and PPC/Google grants consultation and strategy from Digital Third Coast, valued at $10,750. Through Childrean’s Oncology Services’ One Step programs, they offer camp experiences and other educational and excursion programs throughout the year that allow children with cancer to just be kids.

Syncere – Digital marketing strategy; including content marketing, social media, email marketing, etc.. from Lightspan Digital, valued at $15,000. Syncere’s (Supporting Youth’s Needs with Core Engineering Research Experiments) goal is to prepare the minds and create pathways for underrepresented and disadvantaged students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Open Heart Magic – PR consulting from Flanigan Communications, valued at $5,000. Open Heart Magicians offer more than just “a show.” They work one-on-one with children, using magic as a means to encourage participation, engage the imagination, and help these kids find their own sense of confidence and mastery as they learn to perform the tricks for their doctors, families and friends. The powerful effects of their laughter speak for themselves.


2015 Chicago Cause Winners

Family Rescue: Website

Website design + development from Orbit Media, valued at $20,000. For over 30 years Family Rescue has been dedicated to eliminating domestic violence in the chicago community by providing comprehensive support services and shelter to victims of domestic violence, particularly abused women and their children; engaging in advocacy to promote future system change; and encouraging prevention through community education.

Code Platoon: Website

Website design + development from Orbit Media, valued at $20,000. Code Platoon is a nonprofit organization tasked with a mission to prepare veterans for a career in software development. Good coding bootcamps have great placement rates, but are too expensive for many veterans. Code Platoon will try to bring great education at a very affordable rate for veterans.

Rainbows for All Children: SEO + Content Training

Received SEO & content training workshop + a content marketing strategy from Digital Third Coast, valued at $10,000. Rainbows is dedicated to being the premier source of support for all youth as they navigate grief and heal from loss, whether from death, divorce, deployment, or other trauma. Rainbows fosters awareness that youth require support to heal.

Project Onward: Digital Marketing Strategy

Received digital marketing strategy and planning from Lightspan Digital, valued at $6,000. Project Onward supports the professional development of 60 artists with exceptional talents and challenges. The artists, whose challenges range from autism to mental illness, are provided with workspace, materials, professional guidance, exhibition opportunities and access to markets to sell work and advance their careers.

Adventure Stage Chicago: PR Consulting

Received PR consulting from Flanigan Communications, valued at $4,000. Adventure Stage Chicago is a professional theatre for families and young audiences. ASC serves approximately 7,500 children (ages 8 – and up), and families per year; a majority of the children served are Chicago Public School students.


2014 Chicago Cause Winners

Rape Victims Advocates: Website + Content Development and SEO services

A new website + content development valued at $20,000 from Orbit Media Studios and SEO services with a site audit from Digital Third Coast valued at $7,500 has been awarded to Rape Victim Advocates. RVA focuses on non-judgmental crisis intervention counseling, individual and group counseling, and medical and legal advocacy.

Alive Rescue: PR Consulting

PR Consulting frpm Flanigan Communications valued at $5,000 has been awarded to ALIVE Rescue. ALIVE Rescue was founded in 2008 as a no-kill animal shelter and animal adoption organization. They’re main responsibility is to the animals in open-access shelters (such as Chicago Animal Care & Control) with a high probability of being euthanized.

Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition: Video Production

Video production services from ShiftFocus valued at $10,000 has been awarded to Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition. Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition: GCRC’s mission is to conserve natural resources and preserve the environment by helping the foodservice industry reduce its collective environmental footprint, and by educating consumers about environmental sustainability.

HighSight: Social Media Marketing

Social media marketing training from Lightspan Digital valued at $2,500 has been awarded to HighSight. HighSight provides academic and social support to Chicago high school students. HighSight provides scholarships, tutoring, mentoring, leadership development and college readiness programs to  its students.


2013 Chicago Cause Winners

Leave No Veteran Behind: Web design and development

Website design + development from Orbit Media, valued at $20,000 – Leave No Veteran Behind. LNVB provides educational and employment services to Veterans who face economic hardship. Through their innovative educational debt relief scholarship, community service, employment training, and job placement programs, LNVB invests in heroes who have honorably served our nation and seek to continue their service as productive citizens in their communities.

Albany Park Community Center: Brand Strategy & Design

Brand strategy & design from Seedhouse, valued at $20,000 – Albany Park Community Center. APCC is a social service organization that impacts thousands of people a year, primarily immigrants, with services like ESL & GED classes, a Housing Resource Center, workforce development, veterans transition services, and citizenship classes. They will serve nearly 10,000 people this year.

Culinary Care: Social Media

Social media management from Lightspan Digital, valued at $3,200 – Culinary Care. Culinary Care is a non-profit organization dedicated to delivering free and balanced meals to caregivers and fighters managing the stress of cancer.

Illinois Safe School Alliance: SEO + Content Strategy

SEO + content strategy from Digital Third Coast, valued at $6,000 – Illinois Safe Schools Alliance. The Alliance promotes safety, support, and healthy development for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in Illinois schools and communities through advocacy, education, youth organizing, and research.

Sacred Transformations: PR consulting

PR consulting from Flanigan Communications, valued at $5,000 – Sacred Transformations. Sacred Transformations is dedicated to helping people who are tattooed, scarred, branded, and/or burnt from negative experiences to transform those marks into art pieces that celebrate one’s individuality. People who receive their services include domestic violence victims, human traffic victims, military veterans, family members of homicide victims, former gang members, former prisoners, and others.

The Night Ministry: Video Production

Video production from ShiftFocus Productions, valued at $10,000 – The Night Ministry. The Night Ministry is a Chicago-based organization that works to provide housing, health care, and human connection to members of our community who are struggling with poverty or homelessness.


2012 Chicago Cause Winners

Build Inc: Website Design + Development

Build Inc. received a website (design + development) valued at $16,000 donated by Orbit Media. Build works in some of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods to provide at-risk youth with alternatives to gang activity and violence.

Fresh Moves: Video Production

Food Desert Action (dba) Fresh Moves received $10,000 worth of video production services donated by ShiftFocus Productions. Fresh Moves brings fresh foods at competitive prices in accessible locations, responding to families who seek to consume more fruits and vegetables and foster healthier lifestyles.

Snow City Arts: SEO + PR Consulting

Snow City Arts received a site audit + 6 months of SEO services worth $11,500 donated by Digital Third Coast and PR consulting valued at $5,000 donated by Flanigan Communications. Snow City Arts is a pioneering program that provides arts, cultural, and educational programming to hospitalized children unable to attend school because of serious illness.

West Town Bikes: Social Media

West Town Bikes received social media management for 3 months valued at $3,200 donated by Lightspan Digital. West Town Bikes promotes youth social skills and a safe place for urban youth to get educated on the most environmentally friendly urban mode of transportation.


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