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Public News Service - IL: Philanthropy

People who know someone who gives their time to help others are being encouraged to nominate them for the 50@50 awards. (aarp.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Nominations are being sought for those who donate their time and energy to improve the lives of others. Fifty of Illinois' “unsung heroes” are being recognized for their work helping nonprofit groups, the arts and culture, and small businesses in their communi

Work continues in Illinois to keep young offenders out of adult court. (peoriacountyjic.org)

EVANSTON, Ill. — An awards ceremony will be held Thursday night to honor those who work tirelessly to defend the rights of young people in the Illinois criminal justice system. A lot of progress has been made in Illinois, said Elizabeth Clarke, director at the Juvenile Justice Initiative, in

As the Syrian civil war continues, an Illinois-based nonprofit group is trying to help young refugees attain their educational goals in the U.S. (Photo Illustration/Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A Chicago-area nonprofit group that supports the Syrian people will soon be offering new higher education scholarships for recently resettled Syrian refugees. This comes just a few months after the Karam Foundation, announced that four high school-age Syrian refugee stude

As the Illinois budget impasse drags on, a group of activists releases its own budget plan, which the group says would put

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A group of Illinois urban and rural public-policy activists holds a protest in Chicago today, to unveil what it calls a "People and Planet First Budget." Illinois is the only state operating without a budget for the current year. The activist group Fair Economy Illinois argu

Advocates for the homeless say Illinois' budget battle is tying up more than $100 million set aside for affordable housing. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois has gone about half a year without a state budget, and advocates for the homeless say that's tying up more than a $100 million set aside for affordable-housing programs. According to a new report from Housing Action Illinois and other groups, the state has seven dedica

The U.S. Postal Service is helping answer thousands of Chicago-area kids' letters to Santa. (iStockphoto)

CHICAGO - Thousands of Chicago-area kids are getting some holiday help from the Chicago Post Office. Every year, a team of "postal elves" help out with Operation Santa by collecting children's letters and email messages to Santa. Mark Reynolds, Chicago district spokesman for the U.S. Postal Servi

PHOTO: As Illinoisans reach into their wallets to donate to those less fortunate this holiday season, consumer experts say it's critical they do their research to avoid fraudulent charities and scam activists. Photo credit: Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile.

CHICAGO - The holiday season is a time of giving, but Illinoisans are being encouraged to look more closely at the "big picture" of a charity before donating to it. A recent study from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) revealed people consider the finances of an organization to be the most important

GRAPHIC: As part of #GivingTuesday, the #ILGIVEBIG initiative is aimed at raising $12 million for Illinois nonprofit organizations in one day. Graphic courtesy of the Donor Forum.

CHICAGO - With Black Friday and Cyber Monday receding in the rearview mirror, today marks a day dedicated to giving back as Illinoisans are encouraged to join a new tradition of generosity on #GivingTuesday. Nonprofit organizations around the state are working to raise $12 million in one day throug

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