Learn More About Our Previous Winners
2021: Collaboraction — Collaboraction, Chicago’s theater for social change, collaborates with a diverse community of Chicagoans, artists and community activists to create original theatrical and virtual experiences that cultivate dialogue and action around the world’s most critical social issues. Since the company’s founding in 1996, Collaboraction has pushed artistic boundaries working with more than 3,000 artists to bring more than 60 productions and events to more than 150,000 audience members.
2020: Kids Above All – Since 1894, Kids Above All has set out to protect, heal and educate children and families so they can build better lives. Every child in their care has experienced trauma–abuse, neglect, poverty, toxic stress, or violence. They use a clinical framework called Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) to encourage healing and personal growth.
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.