The Giving Pledge obviously isn’t for everyone… but Brad’s words struck me as very true, and relevant to the way that the Trust is thinking during our Centennial year: “We (Brad and his wife Kim) believe that philanthropy is a good choice that is part of living a life that encompasses personal fulfillment and happiness.”
It’s important to remember that philanthropy is more than just monetary donations. It’s donating to clothing drives, volunteering at a soup kitchen, mentoring kids, participating in a park clean-up, coaching a youth baseball team or simply checking in on an elderly neighbor.
All around the state last Friday, police officers stood on the roofs of Dunkin’ Donuts locations as part of the Special Olympics’ “Cop on a Rooftop” campaign. From Officer Dan Simon, whose son has been helped by the organization, to Deerfield Police Department Communications Director Glowacz, who appeared in campaign PSAs with her friend and Special Olympian Ela—what an inspiring campaign raising awareness of and funds for this organization.
The Chicago Defender shares the story of the owner of Dream Cafe & Grille in Englewood, working to better the community through food. (The beautiful mural on the side of the building, pictured above, will actually be completed tomorrow.)
The 606 officially opens this weekend… a decade in the making. I’ll be at the opening of this community connector tomorrow and can’t wait to hear the stories of impact that it has on the lives of Chicagoans!
Which is a good lead into my friendly Friday reminder: we want to hear about the ways you, your family, friends, neighbors and colleagues are working to make Chicago better. Send us your “good news” stories of philanthropy at firstname.lastname@example.org or on social media using the hashtag #whatyoudomatters. Maybe you’ll see them here, or elsewhere on cct.org!