Charities

Friends of Karen

“Founded in 1978, Friends of Karen provides emotional, financial and advocacy support to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Friends of Karen achieves its…

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“Founded in 1978, Friends of Karen provides emotional, financial and advocacy support to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Friends of Karen achieves its mission by providing direct financial assistance with medical care, illness-related expenses and household expenses that families cannot afford due to loss of income as a result of their child’s illness; serving as an advocate for the children and their families before government and private agencies; investigating resources available to the children and their families; offering bereavement support for parents who have lost a child and for siblings who have lost a brother or sister; assisting families through the difficult maze of health insurance problem; and acting as a referral source and providing guidance to families with ill children outside our guidelines.”

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Gigi’s Playhouse

GiGi’s Playhouse is a one-of-a-kind achievement center for individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community. GiGi’s Playhouse offers more than 30 therapeutic and…

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GiGi’s Playhouse is a one-of-a-kind achievement center for individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community. GiGi’s Playhouse offers more than 30 therapeutic and educational programs that advance literacy, math skills, motor skills and more; all of which are free of charge.

Programs are created by professional therapists and teachers who generously donate their time and expertise. All programs are based on best practices for Down syndrome learning styles, and customized to ensure individual success. GiGi’s Playhouse actually serves infants through adults. GiGi’s Playhouse is headquartered in Hoffman Estates, IL; with 17 locations throughout the United States and Mexico, with more opening soon.

GiGi’s Playhouse makes a difference every day. Our unique points of difference empower individuals and their parents to achieve their greatest potential with confidence, independence, and joy. We have a “place”: we will never let location be a barrier to success. We have “programs”: we will never let curriculum be a boundary to achievement. Most importantly, programs are free. We will never let cost deter our families from participation or impede the achievement of our children and adults.

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Global Kids

Global Kids, Inc. (GK) is the premier nonprofit educational organization for global learning and youth development that works to ensure that youth from underserved areas…

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Global Kids, Inc. (GK) is the premier nonprofit educational organization for global learning and youth development that works to ensure that youth from underserved areas have the knowledge, skills, experiences and values they need to succeed in school, participate effectively in the democratic process, and achieve leadership in their communities and in the world.

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Gold Ribbon Riders

All proceeds will be donated to fight childhood cancer through Cycle for Survival. Cycle for Survival, owned and operated by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center…

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All proceeds will be donated to fight childhood cancer through Cycle for Survival.

Cycle for Survival, owned and operated by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), is leading a nationwide (USA) movement to beat rare cancers. Since its inception in 2007, Cycle for Survival — with support from its founding partner Equinox Fitness — has raised more than $208 million as of 2019. Cycle for Survival directly allocates 100% of all donations to rare cancer research led by MSK within six months of the events.

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Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is dedicated to enriching the lives of blind and visually impaired men and women by providing them with the freedom…

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Guiding Eyes for the Blind is dedicated to enriching the lives of blind and visually impaired men and women by providing them with the freedom to travel safely, thereby assuring greater independence, dignity and new horizons of opportunity. Guiding Eyes breeds, raises, and trains guide dogs and trains students to work with guide dogs that have been carefully selected to match their individual needs. Our training programs and life-long follow-up support are completely free of charge. Besides having an outstanding staff of instructors and an internationally admired corps of guide dogs, Guiding Eyes prides itself on small class size (average 12 students per class) allowing for plenty of individual attention, and a casual, friendly, home-like atmosphere throughout the school.

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