Our Programs

We support programs that are results-driven, sustainable, and demonstrably improve the lives of children

We work with individuals, foundations, agencies, legislators, parents, caregivers, and the media to develop and deliver programs that provide children with the basis for positive lives and brighter futures. 

Focused Funding

Our Focused Funding provides ongoing support and resources to programs that address a single, emerging issue, providing professionals with the tools they need to better serve at-risk children now and in the future.


The Early Childhood Quality Improvement Program (EQUIP) addresses the need for quality early childhood education, specifically for early childhood centers serving low-income communities.

Special Initiatives

As part of our Special Initiatives, we partner with new, cutting-edge programs to ensure that Illinois children are receiving the right opportunities to reach their maximum potential.

Please note that for our Focused Funding initiatives, the Bright Promises Foundation requires a Letter of Intent and then issues requests for proposals to select organizations. Bright Promises does not accept unsolicited proposals for Focused Funding support. Organizations applying for support through the EQUIP program may submit an application for consideration any time before the deadline.

Annual Awards

Each year, Bright Promises Foundation presents three annual awards to individuals in our communities who deeply embody our mission to create opportunities for every child to thrive:

The Champion for Children Award is presented to a luminary individual or organization that has shown exceptional dedication in their support for at-risk children, and whose commitment and belief in building a better future for Chicago kids has helped the child-serving community attain new levels of success.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an to an exemplary leader whose actions, achievements and service to children stand as a model to others.

The Ed Marciniak Bright Star Award is given to an individual who shows great motivation, enthusiasm and promise in exemplifying the Foundation’s mission of benefiting disadvantaged children in Illinois.

These awards are presented each year during a community celebration hosted by the Bright Promises Foundation Board of Directors. 
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