Keep the Thanks Going with Our #NiceList

December 3, 2019

Feeling a little naughty after Black Friday and Cyber Monday? #Same. So, we put together a nice list of organizations to support this #GivingTuesday.

For so many organizations, Giving Tuesday is a huge deal. We’d love to help make it even huger for 501(c)(3) organizations close to our hearts. Last year, Giving Tuesday raised $380 million dollars online in over 150 countries, up 38% from 2017, and made over 14.2 BILLION social media impressions.

Scroll down to see some of the H/Co team’s favorite organizations that support education + youth, equality + justice, or CATS (and dogs, and humans). All of these organizations do important work in Chicago, Illinois, and beyond…and we’re proud to support them in our personal and professional lives.










Lumity prepares teens and young adults for lifelong STEM careers.

Simon Youth Foundation sees “struggling” teens for who they really are: future high school graduates.

Golden Apple Foundation is working to end the teacher shortage in Illinois by recruiting, preparing, placing, mentoring and retaining high-quality teachers.

Cradles to Crayons provides low-income and homeless children with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play.

Advance Illinois works toward a public education system that prepares students to achieve success in college, career and civic life.

ChildServ helps kids to reach their potential through early childhood learning programs, foster care and adoption services and housing for teens and homeless young adults.

She’s The First supports girls who will be the first in their families to graduate high school.

Girls Like Me Project helps urban girls of color identify and critically examine the cultural, environmental and media messages that influence their development.

John Walt Foundation partners professional artists with youth to help mentor, as well as build their artistic futures.

Chicago Mariachi Project elevates the Art of Mariachi and promotes excellence in musicianship through education, coordination and support.










Lambda Legal is here to stay as the lawyers fighting for LGBTQ+ people and everyone living with HIV.

Equality Illinois is advancing LGBTQ+ rights…until we’re all equal.

Chicago Foundation for Women invests in women and girls as catalysts, building strong communities for all.

Community Renewal Society works to eliminate race and class barriers by empowering advocates for social and economic justice.

Chicago House supports individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS and the broader LGBTQ community with housing, health, and employment support.

A Long Walk Home uses art therapy to end violence against women and girls, and works to heal, support, and inspire women and girls on their journey of survival.

Brave Space Alliance is the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ Center located on the South Side of Chicago.

TPAN’s Paws N’ Effect program pairs loving dogs in need of homes with clients struggling with the challenges of isolation, depression, and adherence to HIV treatment.

Free Spirit Siberian Rescue is a Harvard, Illinois shelter founded with the intention of rescuing and finding a home for every husky/husky mix in need of rescue.

PAWS Chicago is Chicagoland’s largest No Kill, humane organization that guarantees life to homeless pets.

Hyde Park Cats is an all-volunteer rescue helping cats around Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood.

These are just a few of the millions of groups you can choose to support all over the world. Find your giving sweet spot and support a nonprofit today – and help make the future a little bit brighter.

In solidarity,

The H/Co Team