Learn More About Our Previous Winners
2019: I Grow Chicago – With the goal of solving the root causes of violence and trauma, I Grow Chicago operates with a holistic Healing Justice model combining cultural transformation, community development, and individual empowerment.
2018: The Friendship Center – Fostering hope and dignity in their community through access to food, vital resources, and critical social services.
2017: Casa Central – Transforming lives and strengthening communities, with a special focus on Hispanic communities in Chicago. Casa Central’s network of social services aims to propel a diverse population of all ages toward self-sufficiency and a higher quality of life.
2016: Camp One Step – A leader in providing empowering, supportive, educational and fun experiences for children diagnosed with cancer.
2015: Rainbows for All Children – Working to support youth as they navigate grief and loss from death, divorce, deployment, deportation, incarceration or other trauma.
2014: Resilience (Formerly, Rape Victim Advocates) – Working to heal and empower survivors of sexual assault through non-judgmental crisis intervention counseling, group and individual group trauma therapy, as well as medical and legal advocacy.
2013: Illinois Safe Schools Alliance – Working to promote safety, support and healthy development for LGBTQ youth in Illinois schools and communities through advocacy, education, youth organizing and research.
2012: Snow City Arts – Provides one-on-one instruction in the visual arts, creative writing, music, theater and media arts to patients at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Rush University Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital University of Illinoi, and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.