Our vetted charities.

No-kill Chicago dog rescue & community building.

More than 7,000 dogs served since 2008.

One Tail at a Time (“OTAT”) formed in 2008 as a small organization aimed at helping dogs.

Over the years, thanks to the dedication of volunteers and donors within the community, the group has grown exponentially. OTAT now runs vaccine clinics, Chicago’s only shelter diversion program, and a bustling adoption program. With over 2,000 adoptions and an Adoption Center in Bucktown, OTAT is ready and willing to help make Chicago the next No-kill city.

We find talent, train talent, and put talent to work.

Participants gain a 300% earnings increase as a result of i.c.stars.

i.c.stars was established to create economic opportunity for underserved communities by bridging disconnected young adults with the high growth tech sector.

Participants learn by doing; they build web applications to solve client challenges - with coding, business, and leadership instruction. i.c.stars creates a multiplier effect - alumni hire, form businesses and volunteer. i.c.stars’ approach is supported by nearly 20 years of data: Our average initial placement rate is 90 percent, earnings increase is approximately 300 percent, industry retention is 80 percent at 12 months.

Books for a better life.

61% of low-income families have zero books in their homes for their children.

Bernie’s Book Bank sources, processes & distributes new & gently used children’s books to increase book ownership among at-risk children throughout Chicagoland.

Founded as a 501(c)(3) in September of 2009, Bernie’s Book Bank delivers twelve quality books per year to at-risk children; because book ownership enables and empowers them in their pursuit of a brighter future and a better life through reading.

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