Category: Good Giving

Teach your kids how to respect & help animals

What would you do to help dogs and cats that didn’t have a home? 

Build doghouses outside the dog park. – Hayes, 7

No one loves animals as much as kids do.  Children are fascinated by animals, big and small, wild and domestic.  Often children relate to animals, and vice versa, in a way that adults simply cannot.   Since many kids connect with and love animals, participating in family-oriented opportunities to protect and help animals is an excellent way to engage in philanthropy. 

Posted on June 25, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Amy Cahill

Ready, Set, 2nd Chance to Bid

We understand how busy you are and may have missed last month's silent auction preview. June 7th - 10th Chicago parents have a second chance to bid on and access great deals!!Start shopping at

All Opening Bids Under $100- READY, SET, 2nd Chance to BID!

Register to bid or Sign In to Your Bidding for Good Account
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Posted on June 07, 2012 at 1:06 PM

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Posted on May 24, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Sarah Cobb

Little People, Big Hearts, Big Impact – Helping the Elderly

What can you do it if an elderly person is lonely and doesn’t have family around to keep them company?

- Buy them a Dalmatian puppy! – Jackson, 5

Some of my fondest memories of growing up involve my Grandma Trudy.  As a child, my brother and I saw her at least once a week.  She was my mom’s go-to babysitter and our first choice as well.  Together we ventured to the library, yard sales, and sometimes even bingo. 

Our relationship with my grandma was good for everyone involved.  ...

Posted on May 15, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Amy Cahill

NPN Silent Auction: Ready, Set, Bid!

The NPN Silent Auction is 100% online! Put in an early bid and don't worry about it - you will get an email notification if someone outbids you. It’s quick and easy to register and there is something for everyone - from Mother's Day Gifts to someone just for you.  Mark your calendar that bidding closes at 9pm on Sunday May 6th!  Start shopping at

More than $60,000 in family goodies - READY, SET, BID!

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Posted on May 03, 2012 at 7:00 AM

NPN Silent Auction - Guide to Great Bidding

The Biggest NPN Shopping Event of the year is open for Bidding!  Mark your calendar that bidding closes at 9pm on Sunday May 6th.

Now that you've had a chance see our more than $60,000 in goodies for Chicago families, make sure to place YOUR maximum bids online!  We know how crazy life can get - set your max bid and rest easy.  You can stop back in and visit "your items" or check your email notification to make sure you are still in the lead.

How To Bid:

Go to: http://www.b...

Posted on May 01, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Alison Ray

Giving Back- One Letter at a Time

As parents, its easy to get caught up in our busy schedules, and giving back to the community sometimes takes a back seat.  We want to teach our kids to be charitable and compassionate, but we may not know how.  Here's a great way that our family (and the NPN community!) pulled together to introduce our children to the spirit of giving. 

Direct Effect Charities collects Letters to Santa from underprivileged students in Chicago Public Schools and distributes them to donors willing to fu...

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 5:10 AM by Shelly Tozzi

You're Invited! NPN's Biggest Shopping Event of the Year

Chicago’s Biggest Online Shopping Event is here! Preview week lets you scope out all of the fantastic items you want to bid on.  GET REGISTERED to make sure you are ready to shop May 1st!

NPN’s Silent Auction is our biggest fundraiser of the year.  Shop local businesses, support city families, and save on more than $60,000 of items that are perfect for Chicago families.

Each year more than 300 businesses, nonprofits, and NPN Partners donate amazing items ranging from soccer classes...

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Alison Ray

Little People, Big Hearts, Big Impact

How can we make sure that all kids get enough to eat?  “Give them as much pizza as they want!”  - Hannah, 7

Our kids are definitely creative problem solvers. Whether it is finding a way to climb furniture or to solve significant world problems, our kids have solutions. Now it is time for us, as parents, to be creative problem solvers.  We seek out opportunities for quality family time and we all want our kids to grow up to be compassionate and helpful. So how can we create family outin...

Posted on March 20, 2012 at 5:00 AM by Amy Cahill

Good Karma Creative Fundraising: Save Money or Raise it for Your School

Babies can be expensive. They can be little consumption engines. I have three little consumption engines myself, ages 8, 6 and 18 months, so I know this all too well.

The diapers, the baby food, the toys, the gear, the clothes–the clothes! Onesies, sleepers, play clothes, dressy clothes, holiday outfits, bibs, socks. And worst of all, many outfits they only wear two or three times and grow out of.

I love organic, well-made clothes (buying well-made clothes, furniture and other good...

Posted on February 29, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Sharon Schneider