Applications for the 6th annual
Philanthropy Awards will be accepted here
between Sept. 12, 2017 and Jan. 10, 2018.

The categories for the 6th Annual Philanthropy Awards are Social Justice, Arts & Education and Human Services/Empowerment.

Prizes include the highest quality fundraising and friend-raising tools:

  • Professionally produced TV quality videos
  • Significant coverage in Make It Better magazine – print and online
  • Oscar-style celebration party
  • Networking opportunities
  • Training in best digital and other marketing practices

Select category


This award recognizes the best project or program achieving community or organizational change that supports disenfranchised, disempowered, less privileged or oppressed groups. Programs dedicated to eliminating discrimination, oppression, and injustice locally and globally are encouraged to apply. Violence prevention and hunger relief programs will also be considered.



This award recognizes the best in arts and education programs. In addition to traditional education institutions, we are looking for programs that encourage teacher excellence, charter schools with innovative models, literacy and mathematics interventions, after-school homework assistance programs, executive and study skills training programs, web-based programs, and earliest intervention programs for young developing minds. We are also looking for the best in arts, culture and humanities programs, including but not limited to performing and visual arts, public broadcasting media, library and museum institutions. Organizations that equip and train future performers are also encouraged to apply.



This award recognizes the best organization program that elevates the human spirit and brings assistance, comfort, healing, and well-being to fellow residents in and around Chicago; or institution that provides emergency shelter, food and safety for our homeless population.

In addition, applications will be accepted for programs that reinforce the qualities that make strong families, including training/educating teen mothers and counseling families facing crisis; promote physical, mental, emotional well-being; and eradicate substance addiction, abuse and neglect.