• Goodwill Industries has helped people go to work since 1902. Goodwill trains people for careers in fields such as financial services, computer programming  and health care. The organization provides employment, job training and other  community-based programs for people with disabilities, those who lack  education or job experience, and others facing challenges to finding employment.

    Goodwill believes that work creates the economic energy that builds  strong families and strong communities. Work helps build self-confidence,  friendships and independence. Everyone deserves a chance to have those things in life. Goodwill provides that chance.

  • Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is the first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for new veterans, with over 200,000 Member Veterans and supporters nationwide. IAVA is a 21st Century veterans’ organization dedicated to standing with the 2.4 million veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan from their first day home through the rest of their lives. Founded in 2004 by an Iraq veteran, our mission is to improve the lives of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families.

    IAVA strives to build an empowered generation of veterans who provide sustainable leadership for our country and their local communities. We work toward this vision through programs in four key impact areas: supporting new veterans in Health, Education,Employment and building a lasting Community for vets and their families (HEEC).

    We create impact in these critical areas through assistance to vets and their families, raising awareness about issues facing our community and advocating for supportive policy from the federal to the local level. 

  • Bank on DC is a collaborative effort between district government, financial institutions, and non-profits to provide access to financial services and products to unbanked and under-banked households in the DC Metro Area.

    The District of Columbia is home to over 37,000 unbanked households and 72,000 under-banked households who frequently use expensive, unnecessary financial services. The Bank on DC mission is to provide District area residents with greater access to financial products and services and financial education. They help households save money fees while saving and preparing for the future. In doing so, they connect financial institutions with new customers, enable community organizations to build financial capability in our communities, and assist employers in cutting their payroll costs by enrolling employees in direct deposit.

  • Bank on Louisville is an engine to collaboratively strengthen our community’s economic well-being through improved access to mainstream financial education and services.

    Bank On Louisville’s mission is to work collaboratively to strengthen the Louisville community’s economic well-being through improved access to mainstream financial education and services.  Since launching July 2010, Bank On Louisville has experienced great success with over 10,100 accounts being opened by those who were previously unbanked by choice or were in need of a second chance.  In addition, since July 2011 nearly 1,700 people have participated in financial education through the BOL Financial Education Provider Network – making their way toward financial capability. 

  • The Center for Economic Progress is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping hard-working, low-income families move from financial uncertainty to financial security.

    Founded in 1990, the Center provides free tax and financial services to improve the bottom line of Illinois’ families. The Center has more than 1,000 volunteers, and operate the largest and most established free tax preparation program in Chicago and Illinois.

    The Center serves more than 200,000 families, returning $300 million plus in refunds – more than any other organization of its kind. The Center also provide year-round financial counseling and tools that support and empower the residents of its communities.  They leading the coalition of like-minded organizations from across the country, and find solutions that work for working families. 

  • EARN is an award-winning California-based nonprofit that gives low-income workers the power to create economic prosperity for their families for generations to come. Since 2001, EARN has helped tens of thousands of low-wage families through innovative financial products including matched savings accounts, checking accounts for the unbanked, micro-loans, and money management coaching. 

    EARN’s powerful combination of lasting assets and financial know-how enables families to build wealth and achieve life-changing goals such as saving for college, purchasing first homes, or starting small businesses. Through its policy and research arm, EARN evaluates its impact and reports on new data regularly, sharing lessons learned and best practices in order to transform the financial services landscape and to champion effective public policies. EARN’s ultimate vision is that millions of well-informed, low-income American families will achieve financial success through proven strategies, fair public policy, and their own hard work.

  • Emerging Markets, Inc., is a double-bottom line consulting firm that assists financial institutions and supermarkets to pursue opportunities in low-income areas nationwide.  Emerging Markets consults on traditional and nontraditional market research, real estate consulting, management development, investment and grant-making recommendations, and community-level marketing programs. 

    Emerging Markets helps the private sector construct a neighborhood delivery system: a lightweight configuration of community-based organizations, informal associations, and natural helping networks that are loosely-linked for the purpose of community development. Once in place, this network plays multiple roles related to popular education, marketing, and product delivery for the region’s businesses and industries.

  • The Community Builders, Inc. is a mission-driven 501(c)(3) organization focused on building and sustaining strong communities. They achieve their mission by developing, financing, and operating high quality affordable rental and for-sale housing, coordinating access to support services and asset-building activities, and shaping community and economic initiatives critical to the communities they serve.

    They have been planning, developing, and managing affordable housing for over 40 years. Over time, they have grown from a Boston neighborhood-based organization to a development consultant and finance partner to a full-service nonprofit developer specializing in large-scale redevelopment projects. They currently have over 3,000 units of affordable, mixed-income housing in various stages of development. They manage approximately 8,000 completed units in 99 developments, and coordinate community initiatives at more than 20 large assisted and public housing sites.

    Since 1997, The Community Builders, Inc. has focused its real estate development, property management, and community initiatives capacities on the challenges of concentrated poverty in and around large public and assisted housing projects. Through HUD’s HOPE VI program, they are leading the role in public housing transformations. They bring a unique combination of experience, technical skills and problem-solving ability to each neighborhood revitalization project they take on.

  • After School Matters provides Chicago high school teens with high quality, out-of-school time opportunities to explore and develop their talents while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond. Over the course of our history, more than 200,000 teens have participated in our hands-on, project-based after-school and summer programs in the arts, communications, science, sports and technology. Programs take place at locations throughout the city including Chicago public high schools, Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Library locations, community-based organizations and downtown at the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts.

  • The Greater Chicago Food Depository is a nonprofit food bank that serves Cook County, Illinois. The organization’s mission is to provide food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community.

    The Food Depository, founded in 1979, makes a daily impact by distributing food to our hungry neighbors through a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, mobile programs, children’s programs and older adult programs. Each year, the Food Depository serves more than 812,000 people – 1 in 6 – in Cook County.

    The Food Depository also provides innovative responses that address the root causes of hunger. One such response is Chicago’s Community Kitchens, a 14-week job-training program for people who are unemployed or underemployed, which prepares students for an entry-level job in the food service industry.