Landmarks in Bright Promises’ History

Serving Illinois Children for over 150 years.

Since 1869, the Bright Promises Foundation, formerly known as the Illinois Humane Society, has been dedicated to providing a voice and assistance to those who need society's protection most.

A legacy of innovation.

Today, through discussion with leading children’s experts, we determine the most critical needs of children that are currently under-recognized and underfunded. 

Through innovative grant-making and capacity-building program support, we continue to make long-lasting improvements to the lives of disadvantaged children in Illinois. 

Corporate Seal, 1914

Viable solutions, sustainable results.

We are dedicating our resources to provide real and lasting solutions to emerging issues. Our smart grantmaking and lean administration ensure that 100% of every contribution to Bright Promises goes directly to serving at-risk children. 

Interactive Historical Timeline