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Telling our story with research, case studies and organizational updates.
Bright Promises goes to Hamtilon

“If we lay a strong enough foundation, We’ll pass it on to you, We’ll give the world to you, And you’ll blow us all away.” - Dear Theodosia

Evaluation of Early Childhood Program Shows Big Impact on Small Children

Bright Promises' Early Childhood Quality Improvement Program shown to be "an impactful and effective" model in a recent expert evaluation.

In Loving Memory of Barbara Rose

The Bright Promises community mourns the loss of Board Director and lifelong children's advocate Barbara Rose

Announcing the 2017 Award Recipients

We are thrilled to announce the recipients of Bright Promises' 2017 Awards: Thomas Hale, Dr. Linda Gilkerson & Anthony Vincent Clark

Board Members and Young Professionals gather during annual Mix & Mingle Event

This Spring, Bright Promises’ Young Professionals Board and our Board of Directors got together for a chance to get to know each other and the foundation better.

Bright Promises Friendraiser at Quarles & Brady

New friends of Bright Promises Foundation gathered at Quarles & Brady to learn about our mission and vision of success for the children of Chicago.

Join us for a Virtual Lunch & Learn as a part of the #ILGiveCommunity Day of Giving

Be a part of the conversation as we discuss how we can work together to address children's most urgent, unmet needs.

Grantee Spotlight: Enlace

The first year of Bright Promises partnership with Enlace Chicago is a success, serving more than 150 families already!

Past Awards Honorees Continue to Make A Big Impact

Discover how our recent honorees are making a difference for Chicago kids impacted by violence, poverty and homelessness.

Nearly $100k Already Invested in Early Childhood Education This Year Alone

Over 1,000 students and staff have been served and significant strides are being made!

Less than 5 Days Left to Nominate for the 2017 Awards!

Submit your nomination before 5:00p on Friday, April 21

Moving the Needle in Illinois: New Policies Mean Progress

New policies for Social Emotional Learning and Trauma-Informed Care introduced in Illinois

Nominations Open for 2017 Fall Awards

Do you know someone whose work on behalf of children deserves recognition? Submit your nomination before 5:00p on Friday, April 21, 2017.

Impact Update: Giving Children and Parents Tools to Cope with Trauma

In 2013, just a week before his high school graduation, Ben was shot while walking down the street with his friends in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago. And although his body healed, his mind was reliving this traumatic event...

Bright Promises selected as Semi-Finalist in Social Venture Partner competition

Out of more than 50 leading nonprofits in Chicago, Bright Promises Foundation was selected as semi-finalist in the Social Venture Partners Chicago Fast Pitch competition.

Grantee Spotlight: UCAN

With Bright Promises support, Uhlich Children's Advantage Network is training child-serving organizations in North Lawndale to become Trauma-Informed

Get your tickets for Hamilton and help at-risk kids at the same time!

A portion of every ticket is tax-deductible and will directly support high-quality programs for at-risk kids.

2016 Fall Awards raises nearly $50k for at-risk kids

100% of funds raised during this event will support high quality programs for at-risk children.

Countdown to Bright Promises' 150th Anniversary

We are counting down to the celebration of our 150th anniversary!

Guidelines Now Available: 2017 Social Emotional Learning at Home Grants

Organizations interested in receiving support through Bright Promises' Social Emotional Learning at Home Initiative should read the guidelines and submit a Letter of Intent by 5:00pm on Friday, January 27th.

The 2015-2016 Early Childhood Education Quality Improvement Program was a success!

13 early childhood centers serving low-income communities received a grant to address the need for quality education and services for children up to five years old.

Bright Promises Benefit at Chipotle on Dec. 20 2pm to 6pm- 50% of Proceeds Donated!

Come in to the Chipotle Mexican Grill at 316 N Michigan Ave on Tuesday, Dec. 20th between 2pm-6pm and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Bright Promises.

Help kids this #GivingTuesday with Bright Promises Foundation

This #GivingTuesday support Bright Promises Foundation and do something to help the children in your community!

Grantee Spotlight: Changing Children's Worlds Foundation

Bright Promises grantee Changing Children's Worlds Foundation is providing peer-facilitated, community-based programs that encourage children's learning, self-regulation and value development.

Welcome to our 2016 Fall Awards Sponsors!

We are thrilled to welcome the Sponsors of the 2016 Fall Awards. RSVP to reserve your spot at this year's celebration!

Bright Promises welcomes Anthony Steinike to the Board of Directors
Save the Date: 2016 Fall Awards on October 25 at the University Club of Chicago

Honoring Gigi Pritzker, Ron Manderschied and Maria Muñoz

Dr. Linda Gilkerson presents at 2016 Learning Lunch

Participants learned directly from the experts about how the dangerous long-term impacts of childhood trauma can be reversed with support & encouragement from caring adults.

Annoucing 2016 Fall Awards Recipients: Gigi Pritzker, Ron Manderschied & Maria Muñoz

Join us in honoring these luminaries at the Fall Awards event on October 25, 2016 at the University Club of Chicago

Grantee Spotlight: Voices for Illinois Children & Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition

Look Through Their Eyes PSA series and website help parents and caregivers recognize symptoms of childhood trauma.

Skyline Newspaper features Bright Promises Spring Soiree

Ann Gerber highlights the significant impact of Bright Promises Promoting Resilience initiative

Social Emotional Learning at Home Grants Announced

We are thrilled to announce our newest grantees for 2016-2017: Chicago Youth Centers, Enlace, and Changing Children's World Foundation

Promoting Resilience Program Partners Report Significant Impact

Bright Promises recently gathered with partner agencies of the Promoting Resilience initiative to celebrate their hard work and dedication to at-risk youth and their families.

Grantee Spotlight: Children's Research Triangle

Bright Promises “Promoting Resilience” grantee brings trauma-informed approach to juvenile courts system.

Board Spotlight: Savvy Leaders of Young Professionals Board

Bright Promises Foundation is thrilled to welcome new leadership to the Young Professionals Board

Sponsor Spotlight: Corner Bakery Cafe

Thank you to Corner Bakery Cafe for their generous support!

Mainstream media turns focus to Early Childhood Education

"We rescued banks because they were too big to fail. Now let’s help children who are too small to fail."

Erikson Institute to co-host 2016 Learning Lunch

Erikson Institute joins Bright Promises as co-host of 2016 Learning Lunch

To Help Kids Thrive, Teach Parents

To help children living in poverty succeed, our best strategy may be to first help the adults in their lives.

EQUIP recieves $1.3 million grant

Bright Promises Foundation Receives $1.3 Million Grant from Pritzker Early Childhood Foundation

Volunteering at the Rice Center

The Bright Promises' Young Professionals Board volunteers at Rice Center for children.

Guthman Fund increases EQUIP support by 40%

Leo S. Guthman Fund nearly doubles support for 2016-2017 EQUIP program grants

"If Youth Can" Violence Prevention Campaign Launches

Bright Promises grantee Urban Youth Trauma Center launches violence prevention campaign

Funding Upstream: Unpacking Our Grantmaking Approach

Unpacking Bright Promises Innovative Approach to Grantmaking: What is Focused Funding and How Does it Work?