The Life is good Kids Foundation supports extraordinary charities that create a lasting positive impact on children facing unfair challenges, including the trauma of violence, poverty, and loss. The Life is good Kids Foundation receives financial support from the public in several ways. Life is good donates 100% of its profits from the sale of fundraising tees and other products to the Kids Foundation. The public also provides funds via the charitable community fundraising festivals conducted by The Life is good Company in cities and states across North America. The Foundation distributes 100% of the funds received from these festivals to 501 (C) (3) non-profit organizations supporting children in need.
Reach for the Moon Foundation is non-for-profit, 501 c 3 organization founded to assist children primarily in Illinois. The focus of the foundation is to help provide “Basic Needs” for children. It is their belief that children deserve to have their most basic needs met in order for them to learn and become healthy, productive adults. Reach for the Moon Foundation was founded in 1997. Since May of 1997, they have assisted over 3500 local children. The majority of the children assisted are referred by local social workers from various school districts, police departments and local community organizations. With your support they hope to assist many more children in need.
Cesco’s Heart was founded by John and Dana Vavalle in 2012 when their first-born son lost his battle with his heart defect. They began this non-for-profit organization to support the research and advancements in treatments for children with heart disease. Cesco’s Heart donates 100% of their proceeds to Advocate Children’s Hospital’s Heart Institute. John and Dana Vavalle are members of Advocate Children’s Hospital’s Presidents Society and often visits the patients and their families bringing them special items during the holidays and other occasions. Cesco’s Heart holds their annual fundraiser every fall to raise money and raise awareness for this important cause they hold dear to their heart.
The idea for Movember was sparked in 2003 over a few beers in Melbourne, Australia. The guys behind it joked about 80s fashion and decided it was time to bring the moustache back. In order to justify their Mos (Australian slang for moustache), they used their new looks to raise money for prostate cancer research… never dreaming that facial hair would ultimately lead to a global movement that would get men talking about a taboo subject – their health.A Mo Bro starts Movember – the month formerly known as November – clean shaven, and grows a moustache all month long, garnering support from friends and family in the form of donations. What’s more, a Mo Bro is a walking billboard for the cause as his new look opens the door for him to talk about cancers affecting men – making the moustache a symbol, much like the pink ribbon is for breast cancer. Each Movember culminates in a Gala Partè in major cities around the globe where Mo Bros dress up to match their Mo, channeling the likes of Tom Selleck, Gandhi and Ron Burgandy, vying for the ultimate accolade: Man of Movember.While growing a Mo is left to the guys, Mo Sistas (women who support their guys) form an important part of Movember by recruiting Mo Bros, helping to raise funds and attending the highly anticipated Gala Partés.
The Woodfield Area Children’s Organization is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Since 1979, WACO has been dedicated to creating positive childhood memories, providing basic needs, along with educational support for children living at or below poverty level in Chicago’s northwest and western suburbs. A full 97 cents of every dollar we raise goes to help the kids. WACO partnered with the Children’s Home & Aid Society of Illinois to build the Schaumburg Child + Family Center. It opened in June, 2010. The center subsidizes daycare for 110 children and is the first of its kind in the northwest suburbs.
The North Aurora Mothers Club (NAMC) is an Illinois 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Each year, they disburse monies raised to various community organizations and local schools. In the 2007-2008 year, we disbursed over $30,700. Here is a sample of the organizations they have helped in the past: All District 129 schools in North Aurora, Messenger Public Library, Fox Valley Special Recreation Association, LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry, Mutual Ground, and Herbie’s Friends (part of Fox Valley Hospice).
Unlike many charities that do many different things, The Smile Train is focused on solving a single problem: cleft lip and palate. Clefts are a major problem in developing countries where there are millions of children who are suffering with unrepaired clefts. Most cannot eat or speak properly. Aren’t allowed to attend school or hold a job. And face very difficult lives filled with shame and isolation, pain and heartache. The good news is every single child with a cleft can be helped with surgery that costs as little as $250 and takes as little as 45 minutes. This is our mission: 1. To provide free cleft surgery for millions of poor children in developing countries. 2. To provide free cleft-related training for doctors and medical professionals. Until there are no more children who need help and we have completely eradicated the problem of clefts.
The money we raise will provide women and men the breast cancer screening, support and treatment they need regardless of their ability to pay, and so that leading-edge research teams across the country can be powered by the funds they need to fuel their quest for a cure all because of you! Are you In It To End It? Take the first step today.
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. At Relay, teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length. Relay began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Washington, ran and walked around a track for 24 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Since then, Relay has grown from a single man’s passion to fight cancer into the world’s largest movement to end the disease. Each year, more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities in the United States, along with additional communities in 20 other countries, gather to take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer. Thanks to Relay participants, the American Cancer Society continues to save lives.
Safe From the Start utilizes the principles of early intervention, mutual collaboration, cross training, and research-based planning to: provide developmentally and culturally appropriate direct services to children ages 0-5, and families exposed to violence; increase public awareness regarding children exposed to violence; and demonstrate a collaborative community based approach to supporting families through collaboration and coalition building with other entities that interact with families.
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. The American Cancer Society’s international mission concentrates on capacity building in developing cancer societies and on collaboration with other cancer-related organizations throughout the world in carrying out shared strategic directions.