For many years, Forum has championed the work of numerous charitable organizations, including Climb to Safety, DuPagePads, Lurie Children's Foundation and Special Olympics Illinois. Forum partners, advisors and associates have given their support to these and other community organizations by volunteering, providing monetary donations, attending events and serving in various roles on boards and committees.
In 2019, Forum extended its philanthropic efforts. This year, Forum invited clients to help direct Forum's overall charitable donations for 2019 through the Spirit of Giving initiative.
Based on the collective survey responses received from Forum clients across the country, Forum made donations to nine charitable organizations spanning health and wellness, education and community outreach. Of the nine organizations, Alzheimer’s Association, National Alliance on Mental Illness and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Lurie Children’s Foundation received the greatest number of responses. To learn more about these organizations, see the descriptions below.
Committed to Our Community
Forum supports the following local and national organizations.
Climb to Safety
Climb to Safety is an interactive financial literacy program for elementary school students in Chicago Public Schools. Through classroom instruction, Climb to Safety supports the vision that a secure financial future for tomorrow's adults will be realized by providing a strong economic education to bridge the financial knowledge gap for today's students.
DuPagePads is committed to ending homelessness by providing interim and permanent housing as well as ongoing support services. Bringing together civic, faith-based and social services groups, local businesses and human service agencies, DuPagePads addresses the needs of the local homeless population in the western suburbs of Chicago with the support of 4,000 volunteers.
Fit 4 The Cause
Fit 4 The Cause serves 1,500 people throughout California's Ventura County, Conejo Valley and San Fernando Valley providing year-round fitness and nutrition programs to low-income communities, including elementary school children and teens. Fit 4 The Cause also serves adults with developmental disabilities and offers fitness classes to people age 50 and older. Licensed fitness professionals and nutrition educators lead classes and track progress through recognition programs for participants who overcome health obstacles through physical fitness.
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Lurie Children's Foundation are focused on providing high-quality pediatric care and research for the health and well-being of all children. The hospital is the largest pediatric provider in the region and helps children from 48 states. In 2018, nearly 1,300 volunteers spent more than 52,000 hours with patients and families providing rest for parents, hospitality, play activities and other services.
Special Olympics Illinois
Special Olympics Illinois is dedicated to changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by addressing the global injustice, isolation, intolerance and inactivity they face. Through statewide programming, Special Olympics Illinois provides opportunities for more than 23,000 athletes with the help of thousands of volunteers throughout Illinois. In July 2018, Special Olympics celebrated its 50th anniversary at Soldier Field in Chicago.
The Faison Center
The Faison Center is a nonprofit educational and treatment center in Richmond, Virginia serving individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. The Faison Center uses evidence-based treatment, research and community education to assist individuals with autism and related challenges. Programs are offered through the Faison School, a behavioral health clinic and adult services.
Alzheimer's Association is the primary health organization committed to Alzheimer's care
and research. With a vision of a world without Alzheimer's disease, the
organization provides support to those affected by Alzheimer's and works to
advance research into new treatment methods and a cure.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a national mental health organization helping individuals affected by mental illness and their families. Of its many services, NAMI offers education programs for family members who care for a loved one with a mental health condition. NAMI's mission to raise awareness includes advocacy efforts to change public policy to improve the lives of individuals with mental health conditions and advance research.
The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is a nonprofit organization working to find solutions to conservation's greatest challenges. The organization's priorities include protecting land and water, providing food and water sustainability, tackling climate change and building sustainable and healthy cities that adapt to the changing world in which we live.
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