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.
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.
Grand total = $60,000
C.H.A.M.P.S. Male Mentoring Program – Website design + development (including content entry), digital strategy consulting, and Google Analytics setup and review from Orbit Media Studios, valued at $30,000.
Inspiration Corporation – Website upgrade and replatform from Orbit Media Studios, valued at $10,000.
Kids Above All – Digital marketing strategy, which may include SEO, content and paid media strategies from Digital Third Coast, valued at $20,000.
Reading Between the Lines – Digital marketing strategy with ready-to-implement recommendations, custom execution training and consulting from Lightspan Digital, valued at $12,000.
Grand total = $56,000
Grand Total = $62,000
Total donation = $72,000
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PR Consulting from 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. Their main responsibility is to the animals in open-access shelters (such as Chicago Animal Care & Control) with a high probability of being euthanized.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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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