Category: Good Giving

Keeping the kindness

Photo: Anna Tarazevich

Want your kids to develop a strong sense of belonging and great self-esteem? Then teach them to show kindness. It can be easy to take action during Random Acts of Kindness Week or holiday drives, but weaving kindness into your children’s daily lives can take a bit more effort. However, the benefits to both them and society are worth it.

Kind Manners
Of course, the most obvious place to start is by encouraging manners. “Please,” “thank you” and other words of re...

Posted on February 18, 2021 at 1:21 PM by Fiona Royer

These thoughtful gifts prove that showing you care doesn't cost a thing

Photo by Dominika Roseclay from Pexels

We’re all feeling the pinch. Whether you’re job searching or just unsure what the future holds, saving a few bucks here and there is very welcome these days. I like to advocate for recognizing folks with gifts, but those gifts don’t have to break the bank. These strange times have prompted me to think creatively and find a few zero-cost options to consider. 

[Related: How to celebrate kids' birthdays while social distancing]

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Posted on August 20, 2020 at 3:21 PM by Fiona Royer

Reduce the glut of kids' birthday gifts with these fun party ideas

“No gifts, please!” We’ve all received those invites, but rarely do we feel empowered to act upon those instructions. Who wants to look like a thoughtless guest, and what kids will really understand?

Like many others, we’re trying to balance the excesses of childhood with a sense of value, while at the same time building environmental and fiscal responsibility. While we have tended to be traditionalists on the party gifts front, I've come up with these ideas to help avoid the glut of b...

Posted on September 18, 2019 at 4:43 PM by Fiona Royer

Join the movement for Lurie Children's


Move for Kids, presented by Hub Group, is a three-mile walk and rally for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Open to participants of all ages, the walk takes place along the Chicago lakefront, ending with a celebration at Soldier Field. The event features music, entertainment, games and the Grant Thornton 100-meter Kids’ Dash, all in support of the patients at Lurie Children’s. Rally your friends and family and help to change ...

Posted on April 30, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Finding a cure for pediatric cancer neuroblastoma |

When Patricia Tallungan's 6-year-old son Nick started complaining his back hurt, she didn't think much of it. But after a visit to the pediatrician and an X-ray, her family's life changed forever. Her son was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a little-known cancer she hadn't even heard of at the time. Four years of grueling treatments later, Nick lost his battle.

But Tallungan's battle had just begun. She turned her grief into the Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation, which provides ...

Posted on August 18, 2016 at 1:16 PM by Laura Baginski

Change your life and the lives of others! |

Whether you are a 5K runner or triathlete, when you join Team Special Olympics Chicago for some of the most exciting races in Chicago, you'll get support all along the way.

Special Olympics would be honored to have you on its team to fundraise for this important cause. Your efforts will make a lasting difference to 6,000+ Chicago athletes. 

The Special Olympics mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in 22 Olympic-type sports for children and adults wit...

Posted on June 07, 2016 at 6:11 AM by Ellie Ander

Philanthropy spotlight: Special Olympics Chicago

Anyone who has competed in sports knows the positive effects it can have: learning what it means to be a part of a team, testing physical and emotional limits, and improving overall health. Thanks to Special Olympics Chicago, 6,000 athletes with intellectual abilities get to experience all the highs and lows that come with participating in sports—without having to pay for a thing.


How does the Special Olympics accomplish this? Through creative fundraising endeavors, such as the up...

Posted on February 25, 2016 at 11:16 AM by Laura Baginski

Philanthropy spotlight: Changing the Face of Beauty

Photo credit: Sarah-beth Photography

Rarely do you see a person with a disability in an ad campaign that has nothing to do with his or her disability. Chicago mom, NPN member and photographer Katie Driscoll aims to change that with her charity, Changing the Face of Beauty. Her goal? To convince retailers large and small to include people with disabilities in their ad campaigns. 

"The common response I receive from the industry is, 'We never even thought about including those with di...

Posted on January 27, 2016 at 11:49 AM by Laura Baginski

Philanthropy spotlight: Books First!

Imagine growing up with little to no access to books—no library nearby, no books at home, not even a library at school. For many Chicago kids living in poverty, this is the norm. Bernadette Dorman and her organization Books First! aims to eradicate "book deserts" by receiving book donations from Chicago families and donating them to Chicago Public Schools that lack libraries. 


So far, Books First! has received 22,000 books and delivered them to 10 schools. Every single one of those ...

Posted on December 30, 2015 at 11:19 AM by Laura Baginski

Philanthropy spotlight: Share Our Spare

This is the time of year when many of us reflect with gratitude on what we have, and look to help those who have less. For Amy Kadens (pictured, above), founder of Chicago charity Share Our Spare, taking care of the less fortunate is a year-round endeavor. Her four-year-old non-profit provides new or gently used baby and children's items like diapers, toys and clothing to low-income or homeless families. Where does she get these donations? From awesome people like you! Read on about how t...

Posted on November 24, 2015 at 3:00 PM by Laura Baginski