NoStigmas is a peer-led mental health movement driving a positive culture shift through education, support and advocacy. we bring humanity to mental health through candid conversations, dynamic events, peer support & strong community alliances.        

we believe that everyone should have equal access to quality mental health and wellness resources. that's why our no-cost Ally Program was designed through "lived expertise" in order to meet people where they are and help elevate.

we empower over 75,000 Allies by fostering a culture of inclusion and empowerment — creating a world with NoStigmas.

  

 

Felines & Canines is dedicated to providing a safe and loving shelter to abandoned, injured, abused and neglected animals until their permanent adoptive home is found. we strengthen the human/animal relationship through counseling, education, and compassion.

founded in 1977 as one of Chicago’s first cage-less, no-kill cat shelters, Felines & Canines operated as Felines Inc. for more than 30 years. located in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood, Felines Inc. provided exceptional housing and care for more than 200 feline residents, with a focus on “special needs” animals.

in 2002, under the leadership of Executive Director, Abby Smith, Felines Inc. blossomed from a relatively unknown, sanctuary-style rescue, into a bustling adoption center.

 

 

     

the Alliance for the Great Lakes is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization working across the region to protect our most precious resource: the fresh, clean and natural waters of the Great Lakes. we partner with and champion businesses who share our belief that the Great Lakes are a precious resource to be protected and a vital economic driver for prosperity in our region.

founded in 1970, the Alliance for the Great Lakes is headquartered in Chicago and has staff in Milwaukee, Cleveland, Detroit, and Buffalo. 

     
        

 

Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in late 1992 by Kathleen A. Casey, CEO/President. the foundation is named in memory of her eight-year-old son, Barrett “Bear” Krupa, who died after a courageous five and a half year battle with Wilms Tumor, a pediatric cancer.

prior to his death on January 9, 1993, Bear and his mother discussed and planned the formation of Bear Necessities. during his long stay in the hospital, Bear expressed more concern for other pediatric cancer patients than he did for himself. he and his mother learned of the many hidden needs of both patient, family members, and the needs of the hospital facilities as well.

today, Bear Necessities operates two unique programs, Bear Hugs and Bear Discoveries. while the foundation is funding cutting-edge research to end pediatric cancer, it’s also providing for the immediate needs of the children and families battling the disease.