Union League Boys & Girls Clubs: Project notes + updates

Union League Boys & Girls Clubs

We’re thrilled to support the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs, enabling all young people, especially those who need them most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The ULBGC is committed to developing and inspiring the next generation of American leaders, with programming falling into these core program areas: academic success,…

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Shedd Aquarium: Project notes + updates

Shedd Aquarium

We are so thrilled to continue to partner with and support the Shedd Aquarium here in Chicago. Like you, I once thought that a place like this was about dolphin shows and a bunch of really cool-looking fish in large tanks. But, as I’ve truly gotten to know this place and its people, I realize…

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Animal Rescue / Project notes + updates

animal rescue

Animal rescue has been at the forefront of our mission + purpose since day one of this foundation. What has been exciting is to see how our focus has evolved! Out of the gate, we were about rescuing dogs, having rescued several dogs ourselves (that’s our Lily above). But over time, especially with our work…

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Kurt Heizmann of Shedd Aquarium: Compassion, research, and conservation

Kurt Heizmann

Kurt Heizmann is a Supervisor of Marine Mammals in the Oceanarium Department, Shedd Aquarium, whose mission entails sparking compassion, curiosity, and conservation for the aquatic animal world. Enjoy this FASCINATING behind-the-scenes look at the people behind the aquarium glass! Discussion Guide / Notes: We discuss the Oceanarium Department and its mission and purpose. Not only…

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Lincoln Park Zoo: Project notes + updates

Lincoln Park Zoo

As part of our #AnimalRescue and #ChicagoStrong programming, we are joyfully supporting Lincoln Park Zoo! The zoo is a wonderful place, filled with memories from childhood and the early days from our current time in Chicago. It’s simply a thrill to support this place. But then, when you learn about the amazing work that goes…

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End Hunger / Project notes + updates

End Hunger

A drive to end hunger was not top of mind when we launched this foundation, but the economic struggles and challenges resulting from the global pandemic, and then a chance partnership with Kevin Bacon, changed everything for us! Our focus on hunger ranges on local challenges in our beloved Chicago to a global understanding of…

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We’re co-sponsoring Brain It On 2021!

Brain It On

We’re excited to announce that we are a co-sponsor of Brain It On 2021, an online summit from the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement and HFC (co-founded by Seth and Lauren Miller Rogen!) They are joining forces to bring together brain health experts, celebrity advocates, and more to equip you with ways to live a brain healthy…

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Emily Allen and the AARP Foundation: Tackling senior poverty and empowering vulnerable older adults

Emily Allen

Emily Allen, Senior Vice President of Programs for the AARP Foundation, joins the show. She talks about tackling senior poverty by sparking bold, innovative solutions that help vulnerable older adults build economic opportunity and social connectedness. Show notes + discussion guide: Emily’s story and background Mission and purpose of AARP Foundation: tackling senior poverty by…

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Stunting: The First One Thousand Days


After donating roughly $14,000 towards hunger relief efforts in 2020, I realized I didn’t know enough about this issue, understood the real scope of the problem, or grasped the true roadblocks that make solving food insecurity difficult. My goal this year is to dive into learning and understanding more about the issue. As to our…

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PLAY ON: The power of music to end hunger and transform social justice!


We’re proud to announce that we’re officially partnering with Kevin Bacon’s SixDegrees.Org Foundation to help support PLAY ON: Celebrating the power of music to make change! PLAY ON unites today’s great artists to nourish our souls and nurture our communities. With music as the soundtrack of social change, this star-studded event will raise money to end…

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