2019 March Impacts

Children's Health and Development

By the Hand Club for Kids is a Chicago-based, after-school program that emphasizes academic excellence while nurturing the whole child. The Foundation granted $6,300 to By the Hand to fully fund a scholarship for one student for an entire year. In addition, the Foundation is proud to partner our donation with the $35,000 donated from First Trust Portfolios. FTP’s donation will fund 45 of the 90 children that have been added to the BTHC’s Moving Everest school.

Cal’s Angels was started by the parents of Cal Sutter, a 12-year-old from South Elgin, IL, who lost his battle with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia in 2006. The mission of Cal’s Angels is to grant wishes, raise awareness and fund research to help kids fighting cancer. The Foundation was proud to support that mission with a $2500 donation.

Naomi’s Heart Mission was granted $3600 in support of their mission to bring food, education and the word of God to the children of Santos City, Philippines and to fund scholarships for four children. The donation will fund 10 kids for their entire school year.

The Foundation was proud to donate $2500 to the 3rd Annual Heroes for Hope gala supporting research on immune-based therapy against brain tumors being conducted at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

The Foundation was proud to support the Young Men’s Business League of Austin and their mission to empower and support the next generation of Austin youth. The Foundation’s donation of $2500 will help send youth to YMBL’s Austin Summer Camps.


Founded in 2004, Special Spaces is a non-profit that creates dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening medical illnesses. These bedrooms become a place of hope and inspiration, and a special space to find peace and comfort. The Foundation is partnering with Special Spaces by donating $4000 this month and then volunteering time to create a dream bedroom for a child in June 2018.

Extra Difference:


Founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life, Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside the federal government.  Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $920 million in research. The Foundation is proud to form Team FT Pink and to donate $2500 to the Komen Race for the Cure in Chicago. 

Light the Torch Race proceeds from the race in September 2017 were divided between four organizations that are working to transform lives:

  • Voices of September 11 is an organization that continues to address the long-term needs of those impacted by 9/11, while helping communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from other acts of mass violence and disasters. In support of that mission, the Foundation was pleased to contribute $10,000 to the VOICES 10th Annual Always Remember Gala, allowing families, responders and survivors to attend.

  • CASA Kane County was established in 1988 by concerned citizens, child welfare professionals and court personnel in response to concerns that the rights and needs of abused and neglected children were not being adequately addressed in court.  CASA volunteers now help all of the over 587 probate and abused/neglected children within the Kane County Juvenile Court system. The Foundation granted $5100 to CASA in support of its mission.

  • The Hundred Club of DuPage County, established in September 1982, offers assistance to families of law enforcement and firefighting personnel who have been killed, injured, or otherwise stricken while residing or working in the county. The Foundation made a donation of $5000 in support of their important work.

  • The Foundation was proud to donate $5100 to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF). PBTF is the world's largest nonprofit solely dedicated to the pediatric brain tumor community. The PBTF partners with top tier research institutions and hospitals across the country and have played a leading role in fostering innovation in the field.