Grant Recipients

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.


Diveheart - Grants to support 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 insurmountable.


Elmhurst YMCA 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 Ys programs.


District 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

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

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

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 learning.


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.