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Chicago Chapter Charities Foundation, Incorporated Welcomes You

Serving the Chicagoland community since 1988.

At Chicago Chapter Charities Foundation, Incorporated we’re raising funds and promoting initiatives to serve the people who need them most. We believe in taking action with urgency in order to raise public awareness about some of the most pressing issues facing today’s society. Please join us by supporting our efforts to make a measurable difference in the lives of others.

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  • Power & Purpose Chicago 2021
    Thu, Oct 21
    Online Event
    Oct 21, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT
    Online Event
    Power and Purpose Chicago ’21 is a virtual event streaming on Thursday, October 21, 2021, at 7:00 pm. We are excited to host an informative, engaging, entertaining, and inspirational event.
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Our Purpose

Chicago Chapter Charities Foundation, Incorporated is a registered 501(c) 3 public charitable organization formed in 1988.  The mission of the Chicago Chapter Charities Foundation (CCCF) is to positively impact the lives of African Americans in Chicago. Through our philanthropic support, we provide financial resources to non-profit organizations. CCCF also supports the community service initiatives of The Links, Inc. We generate philanthropic funds through signature fundraising programs and general fund development.


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Mental Health Information Session

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Speaker Series

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Power and Purpose Event

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Mental Health Information Session

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Our History

CCCF was founded November 3, 1988 as the Chicago Links Foundation to provide structure to the fundraising efforts of a well-established African American professional women’s service organization in Chicago. The name was changed in 1994 to Chicago Cotillion Charities Foundation, and again in 2017 to Chicago Chapter Charities Foundation, to capture the growing breadth of the foundation’s fundraising and philanthropy.

Historically, the foundation generated funds through the annual Debutante Cotillion program, a highly successful fundraiser and teen mentoring program. Today, the foundation generates funds via the highly regarded, annual Power & Purpose Chicago (PPC) luncheon program, which brings together civic-minded Chicagoans to collectively activate around critical issues and recognize grassroots non-profits addressing those issues.

For more detail of the Power and Purpose luncheon watch the promotional video of the PPC 2019 Luncheon moderated by Soledad O'Brien.

CCCF operates with a board of directors and officers. It operates exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended.

OUR PHILANTHROPIC IMPACT

Since our inception, Chicago Chapter Charities Foundation has granted over $1 million to a myriad of Chicago-based organizations. In general, our support focuses on the areas of serving our city’s youth, improving mental and physical health and wellness, addressing basic social issues, and supporting arts and culture. Examples of organizations CCCF has supported over the years include:

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$10,000 Grant to Art Reach Chicago

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$5,000 Grant to EarthHeart Foundation

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Grant Recipients

Reinforcing our Commitment

With our organization’s mission always in mind, we strive to make grants to organizations that make an every day positive impact. 

Grantees Include: 

A Long Walk Home

Allies of innocence

ArtReach Chicago

Breakthrough

Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance

DuSable Museum of African American History

EarthHeart Foundation

Family Rescue

Mothers Against Senseless Killing

Mercy Home for Boys and Girls
Metropolitan Family Services of Chicago

Night Ministry

OneGoal

St. Jude Children's Research Hospitals

South Side Community Art Center
Thresholds
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare, Incorporated
UCAN
United Negro College Fund Chicago
Urban League of Chicago


In addition, CCCF has supported the community programs of the Chicago (IL)  Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, including programs with Polished Pebbles, Young Women’s Leadership Charter School, Lakefront SRO, public forums on mental health and cardiovascular disease, and a host of other direct service programming.

“You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.”

Shirley Chisholm