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Today is National Philanthropy Day


Take time out of your busy schedules today to support nonprofits with missions you care deeply about!

Charter Schools and the Walton Family

Wow! The Walton Family Foundation has “invested” over $385,000,000 in charter schools in the last 20 years, almost 25% of charter schools built during that time. I am not necessarily surprised that the owners of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club are pro-charter schools, but the magnitude by which they are doing so is astounding. The family is already dominating the low-cost, we don’t pay our employees a fair wage food sector. So what does this “investment” in charter schools really mean? Read more of this article and you decide.


$2M to Boost Diversity in Engineering

Thanks to a grant from the aerospace giant Northrop Grumman, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is getting a boost to increase African American engineering bachelor’s degree recipients from 3,500 to 10,000 by 2025. The company will give NSBE $2,000,000 for financial aid, academic support and internships. Click on the link below for more information.

Free Alternative Spring Break Opportunity

The non-profit organization CODE2040 is offering Black and Latino college students an all expenses paid opportunity to explore the tech world with an alternative spring break in Silicon Valley and San Francisco.

Tech Trek, CODE2040’s new program, gives college students an introduction to the future of technology. The program offers a weeklong immersion into one of the fastest growing job sectors with tours, networking, workshops and professional development with tech leaders of color.

Interested students must act fast! The application deadline is Friday, January 15th. No late applications will be accepted. Students must be available from March 19 – 27, 2016.

Links to the online application and CODE 2014’s website are below.

College Scholarships for Veterans

Wells Fargo recently announced its partnership with Scholarship America to administer a scholarship program and an emergency grant program for veterans and the spouses of disabled veterans.
Applications for the renewable postsecondary scholarships are due by February 29, 2016.  Successful candidates are eligible to receive up to $10,000 with a built-in $1,000 annual increase.
The emergency grant program is available for the type of financial emergencies that can impact the continued pursuit of  a postsecondary education. These $1,000 grants are offered one-time only.
For more information, click on the link below.

Tweet for a Chance at $10,000

If you pay for goods and services by writing checks, you are familiar with Deluxe Corporation, a leading maker of personal and business checks. The company is giving away $100,000 to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Top tweets will receive $10,000 grants.  

If your non-profit organization’s annual revenue is $3 million or less and your mission focuses on economic empowerment, creating tomorrow’s workforce, promoting financial literacy, crisis assistance or the arts, you should apply. 

The deadline to submit your tweet is November 4th so act very soon!

Click on the link below for more information.

Happy tweeting!  Good luck. 

This Non-Profit Organization Changes Lives

During the month of October, the non-profit organization Friends of CICS Tennis is competing with several other community tennis organizations in the Midwest. If this non-profit raises the most money by October 31st, South Side Junior Tennis will receive $1,000 from the USTA Midwest Tennis Foundation.


I ask for your support in 3 ways:
1) Read below to learn one of the ways Friends of CICS Tennis introduces children to tennis.
2) Click on the link below to make a donation.
3) Share with your friends and connections on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media platforms. 

“South Side Junior Tennis goes into the community. CICS Lloyd Bond Campus is in Altgeld Gardens. It is known to be a poor and dangerous community. To us, the ‘Gardens’ is a treasure trove of opportunity. Each September, we provide a 4-week camp in the Lloyd Bond School gym, to approximately 35 children. This year, we extended the camp for 3 additional weeks because the campers and their families wanted more! Thank you coach Donald and coach Scott!! The program is FREE for all who want to attend. These children would not have been introduced to tennis without us. Your donations will ensure that SSJT will be able of offer the Lloyd Bond Camp again next year!”  – Violet M. Clark, Founder, Friends of Chicago International Charter Schools Tennis


To make a donation now, go to:!Friends-of-CICS-Tennis/chyl/55f741c90cf2db6dcfb5b1e4

For more information about Friends of CICS Tennis and South Side Junior Tennis go to:

Disclosure:  The author of this blog is a non-compensated member of the Board of Directors of Friends of CICS Tennis. 


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