Grants

Year 2014

Alternative Medicine $126,380

FD Now

Project Title
Lab Research at Laboratory for Familial Dysautonomia
Amount
$25,000
Category
Alternative Medicine
Year
2014
Location
Buffalo Grove, IL

FD NOW supports groundbreaking research that drives more efficient treatments and cures for FD patients. The matching grant is for research, performed at Fordham University, for the expansion of accelerated scientific research to find new alternative medicine treatments to remedy the osteoporotic effects of FD through the identification of compounds that will produce a significant reduction in the symptoms of FD and eventually find a cure for the disease.

Horizon Hospice & Palliative Care

Project Title
CAM Therapies for Children Program
Amount
$25,000
Category
Alternative Medicine
Year
2014
Location
Chicago, IL

A philanthropic program that assists children facing life-limiting illness with CAM pain and symptom management hospice while they continue to pursue aggressive, curative treatments. These treatments will, typically, be provided in the comfort of the patient’s home. (merged with JourneyCare)

Maryville Academy’s Children’s Healthcare Center

Project Title
Complementary Medicine Symptom Assessment Management Program (CAM-SAM)
Amount
$50,880
Category
Alternative Medicine
Year
2014
Location
Des Plaines, IL

This trail blazing effort is designed to lessen pain and suffering of medically fragile and technology dependent children ages birth through 21 who have life-threatening and/or terminal illnesses and are currently residing in transitional care facilities. CAM-SAM, the first program of its kind in pediatric transitional care, will be a ground-breaking initiative that might well be the only such program in the United States at this time.

North Shore University Healthsystem

Project Title
Pediatric Services in Integrative Medicine
Amount
$25,000
Category
Alternative Medicine
Year
2014
Location
Evanston, IL

Final year of a four-year grant for $25,000 per year to provide access to integrative medicine services for children of medically underserved and low income families with difficult to treat conditions including neuromuscular disease, chronic respiratory illness, gastrointestinal dysfunction, behavioral disorders, and cancer. The objective of the program is to provide relief from pain and anxiety for children of families without insurance or adequate financial resources.

Assisting Sick and Abused Children $160,075

Casa Kane County

Project Title
Incidentals and Special Needs Program
Amount
$7,500
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2014
Location
Geneva, IL

Sick and abused children Child Advocacy Program serves sick and abused children who have been removed from their homes due to unsafe living conditions preparatory to entering into the foster care system. While the children have their basic healthcare, food, and clothing needs taken care of, they do not have the necessary extra’s most kids take for granted. This special needs program provides the additional funding for specialty healthcare such as eye, ear or dental exams; a winter coat, hat, and gloves; resources for school supplies; or, a suitcase to carry their meager belongings and few personal treasures in when they are placed in a foster home.

Chicago Lights

Project Title
CHAMP Farm Program
Amount
$5,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2014
Location
Chicago, IL

The Children Achieving Maximum Potential Program (CHAMP teaches at risk, poverty stricken children in one of Chicago’s most economically challenged areas (Cabrini Green) how to help themselves by growing food to assist in feeding themselves and others by learning how to work together. The grant provides camp supplies (including healthy meals and snacks) and equipment to help provide for the safe haven of an urban farm in conjunction with after school and summer activities. This camp program allows at risk children to explore food production and healthy nutrition while still focusing upon academic achievement through a blend of creative arts, applied science and environmental stewardship. The farm has also become a safe haven from street gangs that inhabit the area.

Children’s Home + Aid

Project Title
Transition Support Resources Project
Amount
$12,175
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2014
Location
Evanston, IL

The Rice Center offers high-level treatment and programming for extremely vulnerable children who are in need of 24 hour care. The TSR Project to enable the agency to provide vital tools (electronic tablets, digital video cameras, writing journals, clothing, and luggage) to foster youth who are preparing to successfully transition into long-term, less restrictive settings with caring families.

Children’s Oncology Services

Project Title
One Step at a Time Summer Camp for children with cancer
Amount
$10,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2015
Location
Chicago, IL

Unique recreational, educational, and therapeutic program to help meet the physical, emotional, and social needs of children (7-10 years old) diagnosed with cancer. The grant helps to underwrite room & board, transportation, and program/medical supplies expenses associated with the operation of the camp. Inasmuch as some participants have cognitive issues or disabilities, adaptive equipment is also provided for those campers. These programs help the children to bond with each other, and their supervisors, in a non-hospital setting, challenging them to learn new skills, while providing access to sports, camping, and other activities. The skills, lessons, support, and hope these children gain at camp empowers them as they return home to face the challenges of cancer after learning they are more than cancer patients, they are survivors!

Emergency Fund

Project Title
Flexible Financial Fund Project
Amount
$40,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2014
Location
Chicago, IL

Funding to expand services to sick, abused and neglected children living Within the Partner agencies: Dr. Jorge Prieto Family Health Center, Christopher House, Bethel New Life, and Mujeres Latinas En Accion. Financial assistance is offered to families in desperate need of medications, rental assistance, clothing, and other critical items necessary to exist under impoverished conditions.

George R. Bell Youth Opportunity Fund

Project Title
Golf First Program
Amount
$5,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2014
Location
Libertyville, IL

Golf First Program

discretionary

Have Dreams

Project Title
SCILS Program
Amount
$10,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2014
Location
Park Ridge, IL

Grant support for the Have Dreams’ need based Scholarship Fund that enables children with Autism, age 13 and younger, to receive much needed intervention services through the Social, Communication, and Independent Life Skills Program. This program has provided children with Autism the opportunity to build critical skills through classes that address the core deficits of Autism.

Horsefeathers Therapeutic Riding

Project Title
Economic Need Scholarships
Amount
$14,300
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2014
Location
Lake Forest, IL

Program providing equine therapy (therapeutic riding and hippotherapy) to special needs children through trained professionals and licensed therapists. The grant provides four each full-year scholarships for economically challenged families with sick children.

Lexi Kazian Foundation

Project Title
Helping From Heaven Program: Lexi's Equipment Closet
Amount
$5,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2014
Location
Vernon Hills, IL

This foundation’s mission is to improve the comfort and quality of life for developmentally challenged and/or sick & disabled children with special needs by providing education, therapy and playground equipment, therapy toys, resources, and scholarships for families in need of financial assistance or community support.

NEDSRA

Project Title
Camp Exploration and Little Explorers Program
Amount
$10,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2014
Location
Addison, IL

The fifth extension of a one-year grant program to provide much needed, recreational services specifically designed for children with autism spectrum disorder. Exclusive summer camp programs give these children a more structured environment to provide continuity from school year to school year and prevent loss of skill development over the summer. The children are given an opportunity to experience community outings (museum tours, zoo visits, water park exploration, library visits), in-house activities (arts/ crafts projects, interactive play, cooking), as well as art and music therapy.

Northern Illinois Food Bank

Project Title
Child Nutrition Program
Amount
$25,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2014
Location
St. Charles, IL

This is the sixth extension of a one-year grant program to provide after-school snacks and suppers, summer lunches and weekend food-filled backpacks for low-income children at risk of hunger. In these poverty stricken homes, lack of nutritious food affects a child’s ability to develop and perform academically, physically, emotionally and socially. The NIFB serves over 4,370 children weekly, these lunches are typically the only meal the children receive each day.

Sarah’s Inn

Project Title
Children's Support and Education Groups
Amount
$10,000
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2014
Location
Chicago, IL

This critical service works with children between the ages of 4 & 11 who are witnesses to and victims of domestic violence to provide intervention and prevention services that teaches them how to express their feelings and learn how to resolve conflict without using violence. This is achieved through individual advocacy and counseling, support and education groups, art therapy, safety planning, and parental support services.

WINGS

Project Title
Family Enrichment Project
Amount
$6,100
Category
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Year
2014
Location
Palatine, IL

The purpose of this Project is to introduce underprivileged children in the agency’s transitional and emergency housing to cultural opportunities, develop children’s social skills in public settings, and promote healthy interactions between mothers and children as well as to promote values such as curiosity, empathy, self-control, and tolerance. The end result of the project will be to break the cycle of abuse, violence and poverty in future generations.

Environment $89,189

Citizens For Conservation

Project Title
Native Habitat Intern Restoration Project
Amount
$16,189
Category
Environment
Year
2014
Location
Barrington, IL

Funding for four, college summer interns who participate in weed control, seed production, planting plugs, education functions, and other miscellaneous conservation issues as part of a native habitat restoration project to return the Flint Creek Savanna, and other critical properties in the Barrington area, to their original (pre-1840) condition of tall grass prairie, oak and hickory savannas, sedge meadows, and wetlands as a habitat for bluebirds, bob-o-links and sand hill cranes.

Environmental Law & Policy Center

Project Title
Energy Foundation Coal Match
Amount
$10,000
Category
Environment
Year
2014
Location
Chicago, IL

Funding to complete a challenge grant provided by the Energy Foundation to enhance ELPC’s legal advocacy to force old, highly polluting coal plants in the Midwest to clean up or shut down in order to prevent continued mercury and thermal pollution of the Great Lakes, rivers/streams, and groundwater as well as noxious, sulfuric air pollution.

Friends of the Chicago River

Project Title
Water Quality Standards Improvement Project
Amount
$20,000
Category
Environment
Year
2014
Location
Chicago, IL

The centerpiece of Friends’ policy initiatives and advocacy efforts this project focuses upon the disinfection of sewage plant effluent and adjustments to temperature standards for improving the water quality of the Chicago River so that it can support a diverse range of aquatic life, be fully utilized as a recreational resource, and eliminate a severe health risk.

National Resources Defense Council

Project Title
Partnership for the Earth – Save Endangered Wild Places
Amount
$1,000
Category
Environment
Year
2014
Location
New York, NY

Specifically, to preserve vastly more wilderness through market-driven solutions that will spur industry to transform destructive practices. In this case, to pressure Northern Dynasty Minerals to abandon plans for gouging out the disastrous Pebble Mine from Alaska’s spectacular Bristol Bay wilderness and devastate the World’s greatest wild salmon runs, the linchpin of an unspoiled ecosystem.

discretionary

National Resources Defense Council

Project Title
Bees In Crisis From Agrochemicals
Amount
$1,000
Category
Environment
Year
2014
Location
New York, NY

All over the country, bees are dying in massive numbers, as many as 35 % of all bee colonies have collapsed in a single winter, with some regions reporting die-offs of 50% or more. The cornerstone of some of the some of the most fundamental life-sustaining processes on Earth is being driven towards disaster because of agrochemicals. The $1,000 grant will support NRDC’S campaign to the EPA to protect bees from this chemical assault and to counter the pro-pesticide propaganda by the agrichemical industry.

discretionary

Nature Conservancy

Project Title
Nachusa Grasslands Preserve
Amount
$30,000
Category
Environment
Year
2014
Location
Chicago, IL

A two-year grant at $30,000 per year to assist in funding the reintroduction of Bison not seen in 175 years to the Nachusa Grasslands Preserve to reclaim Illinois’ once historic prairie landscape at the Kankakee Sands Preserve which spans the Illinois/Indiana border and totals 25,000 acres of protected prairie and savanna. In addition, conservation management of this historic land will reconnect the Emiquon floodplain to the Illinois River to create a healthier freshwater system.

Sum of Us

Project Title
Save the Bees
Amount
$1,000
Category
Environment
Year
2014
Location
New York, NY

discretionary

Wetlands Initiative

Project Title
Dixon Waterfowl Refuge
Amount
$10,000
Category
Environment
Year
2014
Location
Chicago, IL

A three-year grant ($10,000 in 2014, $20,000 each in 2015 & 2016) to support the acquisition and restoration of the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes in North-Central Illinois, one of only 36 wetlands of international importance in the country. TWI will restore 288 acres to an extremely rare grouping of native habitats, including globally imperiled oak savanna and sand prairie, benefiting many birds and wildlife. The parcel of land is regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized for its excellent biodiversity and critical importance to migrating waterfowl and breeding wetland birds.

Other Grants $24,810

Elmhurst College

Project Title
Educational Assistance Program
Amount
$24,810
Category
Other Grants
Year
2014
Location
Elmhurst, IL

The EAP was established to assist an exceptional graduating student from a Lake County high school who would not be able to further his/her education without financial assistance. The EAP of up to $25,000 annually is being administered by Elmhurst College for the payment of tuition, fees, R&B, and books (less any other grants, awards, scholarships of funding received by the recipient) for attendance at Elmhurst College.

Total: $400,454