2020 Impact Report
A Message from the Executive Director
Dear Friends and Supporters,
How glad we all are to see 2020 gone! Reflecting back, I can’t help but remember the extreme hardships that affected the communities we serve and the fears and anxiety so many people suffered. Lack of food, political turmoil, jobs lost, children not in school – these are only some of the many challenges that people faced, and sadly, continue to confront. But I can also think of those hopeful signs amid the tragedy – people helping their neighbors, organizations quickly pivoting to provide aid and renewed action to hold our country accountable to the promise of equality.
Bright Promises, too, found 2020 to be a challenging year. Responding to challenges is in our DNA; that is how we have been able to continue to meet children’s needs for over 150 years. Below you will find a summary of our 2020 Impact Report, highlighting how Bright Promises extended and expanded our work to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. We hope you will visit our website to view the full report and learn how your support helped Chicago children and youth last year.
As we usher in 2021, we recognize that the challenges of 2020 have not faded away. Children are struggling, whether at home or back in school. They are worried about their present and their future. Bright Promises is responding by building on our programming to support children’s mental health and wellbeing. We are continuing to ensure that young children receive high-quality care and education. And in 2021, we are launching an exciting new initiative that recognizes how racism causes trauma and creates barriers that harm children and hold them back. Our new program will be truly unique, pioneering approaches so that others may follow.
Bright Promises believes that together, we can make a real difference for children. Together means our great staff, our dedicated board, our tireless volunteers, our committed partner agencies, and of course, the many donors like you who step up when we need them the most. Thanks to all!
Executive Director, Bright Promises Foundation
2020 Impact by the Numbers
SEL@Home: Social Emotional Learning at Home
Bright Promises partnered with 12 community organizations to deliver social emotional learning (SEL) programs at more than 288 sites, helping parents use SEL to promote positive coping skills, help children manage stress, and create at-home learning environments that support children's healthy social emotional development.
EQUIP Early Childhood Education Program
Bright Promises partnered with 8 early childhood education agencies in 2020 to ensure children ages 0-5 continued to receive high quality care and education, ensuring that young children stay on the path to success.
COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund
Emergency situations require immediate action. Through the Bright Promises COVID-19 Response Fund, we were able to support child abuse prevention and treatment, children’s mental heath services, housing efforts for families experiencing homelessness, and child care for first responders and other essential workers.
Thank you to all of our donors whose generous support allowed Bright Promises to serve nearly 15,000 children and parents in 2020.
Your support was critical to helping us grow our impact despite unprecedented levels of change and uncertainty, helping us to fulfill our mission to help children live better lives during this challenging year. For a full list of Bright Promises 2020 supporters, view our full 2020 Impact Report on our website.