Since its formation in 1999, the Thing 123 Foundation has made annual grants to a variety of organizations whose excellent work addressing the needs of children across many spectrums. A sampling of these organizations and their outreach programs are listed below. Click on the logo for each organization to find out more about their programs and how you can help them in their good work.
educational SCUBA diving and snorkeling experience programs for children
with a disability with the hope of providing both physical and
psychological therapeutic value.
Instilling a "CAN DO" spirit gives these children the
confidence and independence that allows them to face their own life
challenges and overcome barriers that before might have seemed
– Grants to rebuild the outdoor ice rink, one of the most used
facilities at the YMCA, and provide scholarships for children who lack the
ability to pay to be able to participate in the Y’s programs.
205/York High School – Grant
to support the development and installation of a new synthetic turf
playing surface at Clarence D. East Field.
This improvement to the existing stadium is designed to increase
the ability of both students and members of the community to use a
valuable, yet vastly underutilized community asset throughout the year.
|3 Fires Council Champions Program -
Grants to help deliver a quality Scouting program
to local boys with special needs. This
includes summer camps for the boys and educating individual Scouting
units to the potential of these boys in Scouting.
|Relay for Life of Elmhurst – Grants to provide entertainment during this
annual fund raising event to the more than 1,000 participants, many of
whom are teenagers and families raising both funds and cancer awareness.
|Northern Illinois Food Bank – Grants to assist
the Food Bank in delivering its Youth Nutrition Program.
This initiative includes afterschool snack programs, hot suppers,
a backpack program for weekends and holidays, and summer lunch programs,
all targeted to youth and families in poverty.
|District 205 Foundation for
Educational Excellence - Grants supporting the Foundations multiple programs.
These include early childhood development initiatives, elementary
school literacy efforts and multimedia equipment to support enhanced
J. Kyle Braid Leadership Foundation
Grants supporting JKB's programs teaching young people leadership skills so they, in turn may reach out to other teens and peers with help that might make a life-saving difference down the line. JKB is dedicated to providing these leadership skills so families don't have to face the tragedy of losing a son or daughter to substance abuse.
Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry
Grants supporting the EYFP's ongoing mission to help its hungry neighbors through the charitable distribution of food to people in Elmhurst and seven adjoining communities. Many of the Pantry's clients are families with children, matching the Foundation's mission to address the needs of children in our community.
Food For Greater Elgin
Grants supporting this pantry's ongoing mission of ensuring food security for the residents of Elgin and its surrounding area. Many of the Pantry's clients are families with children, matching the Foundation's mission to address the needs of children in our community.
Boys and Girls Club of Chicago
Grants supporting numerous programs targeted to providing children and young people in the city of Chicago with a safe place to learn and grow, allowing them to reach their full potential.