For more three decades, the James Brown IV Award for Outstanding Community Service recognized some of Chicago’s most significant nonprofit organizations.
From 1973 to 2005, James Brown IV Award honored + elevated Chicago’s most dynamic nonprofits
Established in 1973, the award honored the contributions of organizations that embody the ideals upheld by one of our most influential executive directors, James Brown IV.
Each award was accompanied by an unrestricted cash prize, for the organization to use in any way it sees fit toward its mission.
Trust executive director James Brown IV and board chair Phillip D. Block Jr. present Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago president James O. Heyworth with the inaugural James Brown IV Award of Excellence for Outstanding Community Service in 1974.
The following organizations were selected as recipients of the award:
- 1974: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
- 1975: Community Renewal Society/The Chicago Reporter
- 1976: Just Jobs, Inc.
- 1977: Oak Park Housing Center
- 1978: WTTW Channel 11
- 1979: Safer Foundation
- 1980: Youth Guidance
- 1981: Urban Gateways
- 1982: Trust, Inc.
- 1983: Thresholds, Inc. and Children’s Home and Aid Society of Illinois
- 1984: Casa Central
- 1985: Bethel New Life
- 1986: Greater Chicago Food Depository
- 1987: Centers for New Horizons and Chicago Panel on Public School Policy and Finance
- 1988: Mount Sinai Hospital and Medical Center
- 1989: Foundation for Excellence in Teaching
- 1990: Near North Health Services Corporation
- 1991: Chicago Child Care Society
- 1992: Kaleidoscope Chicago
- 1993: LeClaire Courts Resident Management Corporation
- 1994: The Night Ministry
- 1995: Illinois Action for Children
- 1996: Jobs for Youth/Chicago
- 1997: Uhlich Children’s Home
- 1998: Chicago Architecture Foundation
- 1999: Carole Robertson Center for Learning
- 2000: Logan Square Neighborhood Association
- 2001: Pegasus Players
- 2002: Housing Opportunities & Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E.)
- 2003: ARK
- 2004: Merit School of Music
- 2005: Family Rescue, Inc.