Holiday Giving

December 23, 2019

Sharing Your Holiday Generosity? Here Are 21 Causes We Support

Now’s the time of year when many people start thinking about how to give back. There are so many worthwhile organizations doing so much valuable work that it can be difficult to pick which to support.

At Sloan, we partner with non-profit organizations all year long with a special emphasis on those funding medical research and treatment, children’s well-being, global educational, health and environmental causes, and, of course, local charities in Franklin Park and Chicago Illinois. Here’s a list of some of the organizations we’re proud to support.

Medical Research and Treatment

JDRF, formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, funds type 1 diabetes research and advocates for regulation making it easier to market new medical devices.

Miracles in Progress helps those with brain injuries acquire the treatment resources they need to help them achieve their highest potential.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, founded in 1884, is the largest and oldest private cancer center in the world.

The Ara Parseghian Medical Research Fund funds research to find a treatment for Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease—a deadly, genetic, cholesterol storage disorder that primarily affects children.

The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, founded by Chicago Cubs First Baseman Anthony Rizzo, raises money for cancer research and provides support to families battling cancer.

Rush University Medical Center includes one of the nation's top-ranked nursing colleges and graduate programs in allied health, health systems management, and biomedical research.

Smile Train empowers local medical professionals in more than 90 countries to provide free cleft lip and palate repair surgery in their own communities.

St. Jude's Children Research Hospital aims to advance cures for catastrophic pediatric diseases through research and treatment.

Children’s Well-Being

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago gives nearly 20,000 youth the emotional, educational, physical, and cultural resources to enjoy their childhood and thrive in adulthood.

The Maag Toy Foundation hosts fund-raising events in Scottsdale, Arizona and Oak Park, Illinois to give free toys to children in need worldwide.

The Pathway to Adventure Council, part of the Boy Scouts of America, gives leaders the knowledge and tools they need to deliver the best possible Scouting programs to more than 21,000 youth members.

Special Olympics Illinois unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, with year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Global Educational, Health and Environmental Causes

The Arbor Day Foundation is the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to tree planting to clean our air, protect our drinking water, and create healthy communities.

Commit 2 Change works with orphaned girls aged 13-18 in four cities throughout India to help create a forward-moving cycle of empowerment for them in their communities.

The Global Handwashing Partnership works to save children's lives and improve health by promoting handwashing with soap through advocacy initiatives such as Global Handwashing Day.

Franklin Park and Chicago

Cubs Charities harnesses the passion of Cubs fans to improve the health, fitness, and education of children and families across Chicago and beyond with increased access to sports opportunities.

Friends of the Chicago River works to improve the health of the Chicago River system for people and wildlife, helping to make the river a beautiful, continuous, easily accessible corridor of open space.

The Unity in Community Foundation serves the people of Franklin Park, Illinois (where Sloan is headquartered) and nearby communities with fundraisers, food pantries, and scholarships.

The Wood Family Foundation, through its Pitch In after-school model, gives 4th-8th grade students the mentoring and unique experiences they need to develop necessary skills for high school. 

Other Worthwhile Causes

The Anti-Defamation League is a leading anti-hate organization—a global leader in exposing extremism and delivering anti-bias education, and a leading organization in training law enforcement.

IMEC—once known as the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center—is a team of improvement specialists and technicians dedicated to creating sustainable competitive futures.

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is the nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military children for under-graduate and career technical education programs.

In addition to supporting these excellent organizations, Sloan works with commercial architects, designers, and engineers with sensible, stylish, water-saving restroom solutions. Want to know more? Talk to Sloan!

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