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MUST WATCH: American Giving Awards

Charitable Companies, Community Development

Tomorrow night, NBC will air the American Giving Awards: A Celebrity Tribute to American Heroes. During the event, Chase will grant $2,000,000 to charities, recognizing five previous Chase Community Giving grant recipients, chosen by their Facebook fans as well as some users.

One organization will receive a $1,000,000 grant, followed by four grants in the following amounts: $500,000, $250,000, and two grants of $125,000. The organizations being honored are Let’s Get Ready, Mathew Shepard Foundation, Move for Hunger, Wish Upon a Hero and To Write Hunger on Her Arm.

Bob Costas will host the awards show and will feature appearances from celebs like Miley Cyrus, J.R. Martinez, Colin Farrell (yum),, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson from Modern Family. I’m not sure of the exact format for the show but I’m sure that it’s going to be filled with some inspiring stories about some community groups that are truly doing some amazing work. The show airs tomorrow night starting at 8p/7p ET. If you’re planning to watch and tweet, I believe the hashtag is #GivingAwards. At least, that’s what they are using on the Chase Giving Twitter page.

Since 2009, Chase Community Giving has used their Facebook community to crowd-source and award over $18 million in grants to 500 charities. While this doesn’t necessarily make me feel 100% better about getting taxed to use their ATMs, it does take some of the sting away…I guess.

Anyways, I’ll be watching and tweeting about the awards tomorrow night and can’t wait to learn more about each of the grantees!


Do Good Chicago – School Supply Drive

Community Development, TFG Spotlight


I’ve been meaning to blog about GO DO GOOD all summer…I’m so ashamed of myself that it’s taken me this long to put something up on TFG. *hangs head*

Here’s a little background on GO DO GOOD…Artist Kay Rosen unveiled an installation in the Loop of the same name at the beginning of the summer and the Chicago Loop Alliance and the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago subsequently launched the GO DO GOOD campaign to inspire individuals, organizations, businesses, residents and students in the Loop to connect art to action in what has been a summer-long, city-wide movement to prepare Chicago’s kids to succeed in school. So, as a way to do this, they asked Chicagoans to try to log 100,000 good deeds this summer via various activities and events.

Chicagoans were encouraged make a donation to United Way, share their good deeds on Facebook/Twitter, and/or choose one (or more) or 60+ “do good” activities listed on the site. Last month, several office buildings served as dropoff locations for a food drive and this month’s focus is on school supplies.

The United Way of Metropolitan Chicago is hoping to collect new supplies for 2,000 8th graders. If you are in the Loop area and want to contribute, you can drop-off supplies in the lobbies of the following office buildings:

  • 55 E. Jackson
  • 8 S. Michigan
  • 11 E. Adams
  • 16 N. Wabash
  • 17 N. State
  • 29 E. Madison
  • 177 N. State
  • 180 N. Wabash
  • 180 N. Michigan
  • 134 N. LaSalle
  • 223 W. Jackson

The supply drive goes until the end of the month (maybe later), so you (and I) still have plenty of time to contribute. I recently saved some art supplies, binders, and index cards from the throwaway pile at work so I think they will make good candidates to donate!

It’s moments like this that I wish I was starting undergraduate life again. What I wouldn’t give to be moving into a dorm right now and buying ECON 101 textbooks again. Sigh…Okay, I’m back! Anyways, to learn more about the supply drive and all the other awesome things happening around DO GOOD Chicago, visit