Social Justice, Scholarship, the Arts and Investigative Journalism

Social Justice—Ensuring all can participate in society without interference, and the benefits and responsibilities accrued from society are fairly distributed to all.


AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, Washington, D.C., www.avodah.net

$25,000 for each of three years to support AVODAH’s DC corps members and the ongoing engagement and training of alumni


Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness, Chicago, IL, http://www.allchicago.org/division/chicago-alliance

$10,000 to purchase 22 tablets for people who are, or have been, homeless and who are also members of the Lived Experience Commission


Chicago Foundation for Women, Chicago, IL, www.cfw.org

$1,000 to support the Chicago book tour of Lynda Lowery and Susan Buckley


Chicago HOPES for Kids, Chicago, IL, www.chicagohopes.org

$50,000 to provide after-school tutoring in homeless shelters


Critical Exposure, Washington, DC, www.criticalexposure.org

$100,000 for each of three years for general support with the goal of expanding programming into Wards 7 and 8 of Washington, DC. Critical Exposure teaches high school students to use photography to advocate for change within their schools and communities.


East Mission Initiatives, Inc., San Francisco, CA, www.hackedu.us

$51,500 for general support of hacked


Embarc Chicago, Chicago, IL, www.embarcchicago.org

$50,000 to train two teachers and involve 50 more students in an experience-based learning program for low-income high school students


Growing Home, Chicago, IL, www.growinghomeinc.org

$25,000 to provide computers for staff and participants in a job-training program


Institute for the Next Jewish Future, Chicago, IL, www.nextjewishfuture.org

$5,000 for a challenge grant for Jewish U Chicago, an organization that works with Jewish students at the University of Chicago.


Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Chicago, IL, www.lawrencehall.org

$150,000 for each of 2 years for its Foster Care Program and an additional $150,000 in honor of their 150th anniversary year


National Coalition Against Censorship, New York, NY, www.ncac.org

$100,000 for each of three years to support the launch of a new initiative to combat art censorship by hiring a full-time Arts Advocacy Project Program Associate


Not in Our Town (The Working Group), Oakland, CA, www.niot.org

$500,000 for general support of their effective anti-hate work


Our Family Coalition, San Francisco, CA, www.ourfamily.org

$240,000 for general support, which includes a $50,000 challenge grant


Roses In Concrete, Oakland, CA, www.rosesinconcrete.org

$260,000 for technology infrastructure


Rotary Club of the Denver Tech Center, Greenwood Village, CO, www.dtcrotary.org

$5,000 for the Feeding the Hungry program


Search, Inc., Chicago, IL, www.search-inc.org

$7,500 to support Jjslist.com in presenting their Disability Awareness Trainings at up to 5 schools and civic organizations this summer and fall as part of the ADA25 Chicago commemoration


Storycatchers Theatre, Chicago, IL, www.storycatcherstheatre.org

$50,000 for each of two years for “Changing Voices”, an employment program for juveniles and young adults recently released from incarceration


Street Sense, Washington, DC, www.streetsense.org

$156,000 over 3 years to fund its media center and work with the homeless


The ARK, Chicago, IL, www.arkchicago.org

$100,000 for each of two years for social and medical services at The ARK Northwest


The Grass Roots Project (Athletes United for Social Justice), Washington, DC, wwwgrassrootsproject.org

$20,000 for NCAA athletes to promote AIDS awareness in DC schools


The 606 (The Trust for Public Land), Chicago, IL, www.the606.org

$250,000 for each of three years for the 606 Walking, a series of 4 seasonal community events to be held on The 606 Trail


United States Holocaust Museum, Washington, D.C., www.ushmm.org

$35,000 for each of three years to support the program "Law Enforcement and Society: Lessons of the Holocaust" (a joint effort with the Anti-Defamation League)


Youth Guidance, Chicago, IL, www.youth-guidance.org

$236,852 to match every dollar raised on the evening of their annual gala, May 9, 2015


Young Playwrights Theater, Washington, D.C., www.youngplaywrightstheater.org

$50,000 for each of three years for general support of their expansion plans.