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Telling our story with impact updates from our partners, research, case studies and more.
Empowering youth voices begins with one gift, yours.

Donate $5, $10, or $20 to our first ever crowdfunding campaign in celebration of our 150th anniversary!

Partner Spotlight: Illinois Action for Children

What does it mean to elevate the voices of our youngest leaders?

Humane Advocacy: 150 Years

From India, now to Iran

Introducing the Founding Members of the Legacy Council

And congratulations to Retiring Board Members Rodger Owen and Robert Finley

Save the Date: Elevating Youth Voices Fair

Join us on Saturday, June 1 from 12p-3p for the Elevating Youth Voices Fair

Nominations Open for 150th Anniversary Awards

Deadline Extended: Nominate by Thursday, May 9 at 5:00p

EQUIP: Investing in a Bright Future for All Early Learners

Program Update: EQUIP Provides Investment in Bright Future for Low-Income Children Ages 0-5

Humane Advocacy: 150 Years

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Guidelines Available for 2019 SEL@Home Initiative

Letter of Intent forms due by Friday, February 8 at 5pm.

Humane Advocacy: 150 Years


Guidelines Now Available for Elevating Youth Voices Special Grant Initiative

Deadline to submit an email letter of interest is January 15, 2019

Measuring Impact: Why (and How) We Evaluate

Through careful, ongoing evaluation, Bright Promises Foundation ensures that the change that results from our investment is sustained.

New Funding Opportunity: $50,0000 to Elevate Youth Voices and Create Positive Community Change

Announcing a special funding opportunity as a part of Bright Promises Foundation's 150th Anniversary

Humane Advocacy: 150 Years

What does one give when abundance is dwindling? Isn't that when the true essence of giving commences - the Giving of Self?

Partner Spotlight: RefugeeOne

Bright Promises Foundation is partnering with RefugeeOne to ensure refugee children have the skills and support they need to thrive in the U.S.

2018 Awards Marks 149th Year of Accelerating Innovation in Chicago's Child-Serving Community

Nearly 300 people gathered to celebrate and support programs that address the urgent, unmet needs of low-income children and families in new and meaningful ways.

Bright Promises Announces 2018-2019 Grantees

Bright Promises is partnering with 16 leading organizations across Chicagoland, supporting them to improve their programs and services, increasing both the reach and quality of their work.

Announcing the 2018 Awards Honorees

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 Awards: Doug Mabie, Nancy Ronquillo, Marco Dodd, and Maria Degillo

Bright Star Award Recipients Shining Bright

Bright Promises caught up with past recipients of the Ed Marciniak Bright Star Award to learn about how they are continuing to create opportunities for Chicago children to thrive.

Results of Childhood Trauma Initiative Show Significant Increase in Trauma-Informed Care

The recent evaluation of Bright Promises Childhood Trauma initiative shows significant expansion and improvement of much-needed trauma-informed care for children and families in Illinois.

2018 Awards Nominees Helping to #GiveKidsaChance

2018 Awards Nominees represent incredible work bring done across Chicago to help children succeed.

Impact Update: Engaging Children's First & Most Important Teachers

The SEL@Home initiative successfully builds strong partnerships among organizations to provide Social Emotional Learning opportunities in low-income communities.

Tickets On Sale for '18-'19 Theater Benefits

Reserve your tickets for Heartbreak Hotel on 8/25/18 and Dear Evan Hansen on 3/7/19. A portion of every ticket helps low-income children and families in Chicago.

Nominations Open for 2018 Awards

Submit nominations online by April 27, 2018 for awards honoring local children’s advocates.

Oprah Brings Conversation About Adverse Childhood Experiences to National Stage with 60 Minutes Interview

Oprah becomes "champion of champions" helping to increase awareness about how each of us can help children who are experiencing trauma.

Partner Spotlight: University of Chicago + Healing Hurt People-Chicago

Bright Promises Foundation partnered with University of Chicago Comer Children's and Stoger Hospitals to help break the cycle of violence on Chicago's South and West sides through the radically inclusice Healing Hurt People- Chicago program

New & Increased Funding Opportunities through EQUIP Early Childhood Initiative

The 2018 Guidelines and Application are now available for agencies interested in joining Bright Promises' Early Childhood Quality Improvement Program (EQUIP)

2017 Impact Report

Together we made a bigger impact on the lives of more children and families than ever before!

2018 SEL@Home Guidelines and Letter of Intent Form Now Available

The goal of Bright Promises SEL@Home initiative is to engage parents and caregivers in their children’s social and emotional learning and development.

A Gift to Bright Promises is a Smart Investment in Chicago Children & Families

100% of your gift goes directly to families in need.

Give the Gift of Opportunity this Holiday Season

Make hope happen for a Chicago child in need this giving season.

24-Hours of Success Stories from Our Partners

This year, instead of just asking, we also want to give something back.

Attitude of Gratitude: A Different Kind of Giving Tuesday

Bright Promises is doing something a little different for #GivingTuesday this year...

Partner Spotlight: Chicago Youth Centers

After a successful first year, Bright Promises and Chicago Youth Centers continue our partnerhship, expaniding to new neighborhoods and serving even more children and families.

Bright Promises Kicks Off Countdown to 150th Anniversary With Awards Celebration Honoring Local Children’s Advocates

Make your gift to the 2017 Awards by Thursday, October 12th and DOUBLE the impact of your donation!

Bright Promises goes to Hamilton

“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.

Partner 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.

Partner 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!

Partner 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

Partner 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.

Partner 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?