6 MIN READ - Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement scheduled this year on November 30. If you’re looking to spread love and support some of the Loop’s cultural icons and renowned non-profits, read on to see what your options are.
A destination for 1.5 million visitors annually, the Art Institute of Chicago houses an extraordinary collection or art from across places, cultures, and time. The museum is committed to expanding the public’s access to their collection while building lifelong connections to art through its exhibitions, scholarship, and public programming. When you support the museum, you demonstrate a shared commitment to the cultural landscape of the city of Chicago and beyond. Gifts are tax deductible and directly support the museum’s thousands of educational programs every year, more than 30 annual special exhibitions, and their state-of-the-art conservation efforts.
The Auditorium Theatre is committed to presenting the finest in international, cultural, community, and educational programming while continuing the restoration and preservation of the National Historic Landmark Theatre. On this #GivingTuesday they are honoring National Children’s Grief Awareness Month by raising funds to support their Hearts to Art Summer Camp. The unique performing arts summer camp brings together young people who have experienced the death of a parent to encourage the healing power of creative play.
A&A Ballet is devoted to training in strong, versatile dance technique, as well as the development of personality, independence, and artistry in young dancers. A&A Ballet provides students with various backgrounds and levels the opportunity to pursue world-class ballet training. With former students currently dancing with companies such as The Joffrey Ballet, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Staatsoper Berlin, Dresden Semperoper, Nederlands Dans Theater and numerous others, A&A Ballet offers the necessary experience to create artists of all levels, from professional dancers to those with a deep appreciation for dance of all forms.
Chicago Fashion Incubator is dedicated to the development of fashion entrepreneurs, by giving fashion designers the business tools, mentorship, and training to create innovative products and launch globally competitive businesses based here in Chicago. Your Giving Tuesday contribution supports this initiative, as well as the incubator’s goal to cultivate community growth for fashion-focused industry professionals in Chicago. Contributions will directly impact emerging designers, and help make meaningful economic impact in Chicago.
Chicago Fashion Incubator (CFI) is a recognized 501(c)3 organization established in 2008. The CFI has trained and supported over 50 designers through its Designer-In-Residence (DIR) program. These DIR have received numerous awards and press recognition, and have included contestants on the reality television show, Project Runway.
For more information, please visit: www.chicagofashionincubator.org or follow on Instagram: @chicagofashioninc.
Together with community and institutional leaders, Chicago Jobs Council is re-imagining our workforce system so all people can thrive through employment. For more than 40 years, CJC has advocated for policies that lead to more equitable access to employment, and created innovative tools and resources that help to advance the workforce development field. Our vision is to create an anti-racist workforce development system and employment equity so that everyone can realize their unique pathway out of poverty.
The Design Museum of Chicago believes design has the fundamental capacity to improve the human condition, and strives to make it accessible to everyone through free exhibitions in a public space in the Chicago Loop. A local, non-profit cultural institution, Design Museum of Chicago strives to meet people where they are, facilitating conversations around design comprised of a variety of voices, backgrounds, and viewpoints. Design is not just a single discipline or process, but rather a persistent element present in everyday environments and experiences.
For over 50 years, Envision Unlimited has served people with disabilities across all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Today, their wide array of home and community-based programs benefit over 1,500 individuals across the state of Illinois. Envision provides day programs, community living services, employment services, a foster care program, and mental health services.
If you’ve ever visited the International Museum of Surgical Science, you know that it’s unlike any other place in the world. Housed in a historic mansion overlooking Lake Michigan, its exhibits and collections span the breadth of human history and examine a central question of our collective existence: how do we care for our own health and the health of those around us? In these unprecedented times, this question is more crucial than ever. Due to the economic hardship imposed by COVID-19, the IMSS needs your help. By making a donation, you will position yourself as a champion of small museums and public health education while sustaining Chicago’s cultural vibrancy—a profound contribution to better quality of life in our great city.
As Chicago’s home for music theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre is known for bold, edgy, and smart music theatre that celebrates the past, present, and future while showcasing Chicago’s brightest and best talent on and behind the stage. Porchlight inspires the community to learn, build hope, and transform their lives and the world around them.
The Joffrey Ballet has reigned as a pinnacle of artistry and dance in Chicago for 25 years. Their artists embody unity, empathy, and strength; principles that are necessary in these trying times. With the loss of all ticket-revenue for the foreseeable future, the Joffrey's survival is dependent on philanthropic gifts from donors like you. Make a gift to the Joffrey's Crisis Stabilization Fund to invest in the Chicago arts community and ensure the long-term health of The Joffrey Ballet.
Theatre is essential to the life of a great city and to its citizens. The League of Chicago Theatres is an alliance of theatres which leverages its collective strength to support, promote, and advocate for Chicago’s theatre industry. The League provides a wide range of programs and services, including Hot Tix and Chicago Theatre Week. By donating to the League of Chicago Theatres, you participate in ensuring that theatre continues to thrive in our city.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is a leading national Frank Lloyd Wright nonprofit organization based in Chicago, where the largest number of original Wright sites are located. Dedicated to preservation of Wright's design legacy, the Trust operates public tours at five Chicago-area sites and offers both in-school and on-site programs for youth, families and adults.
Founded in 1891, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of the greatest orchestras in the world. In collaboration with the best conductors and guest artists on the international music scene, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performs well over 100 concerts each year at its downtown home, Symphony Center, and at the Ravinia Festival on Chicago’s North Shore. Music lovers outside Chicago enjoy the sounds of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra through best-selling recordings and frequent sold-out tour performances in the United States and around the globe.
Goodman Theatre has been a not-for-profit arts and civic organization in the heart of the Loop since 1925. The suspension of performances will lead to millions of dollars of lost sales revenue, so your support is more needed than ever.
Embarc is a three-year program that provides community-driven, experienced-based learning opportunities to low-income Chicago high school students to inspire and prepare them for college and career.
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