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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: The Copernicus Center is a community center sponsored by the Copernicus Foundation and primarily the Polish community for the benefit of Chicago and the northwest side communities. Its mission is to promote Polish cultural events in Chicago and to serve the needs of the multicultural communities in Chicago. The Center houses a historic theater, classrooms, and other venue spaces for events and meetings.

Results: Total underwriting for community and charitable causes exceeds $200,000 annually for the 5th year in a row. WOSP Benefit - First event sponsored 3 years ago raised $15,000 for child health care, second year raised $25,000 and last year's event raised over $80,000 for children's hospitals Community Meetings, Workshops, & Events: Flu Shots, Voting, Tax & Health Seminars, Election Information, Various Information Fairs, Farmer's Markets, OSHA safety seminars, ESL classes, Christmas tree lighting/entertainment. The Copernicus Foundation underwrites or supports a MINIMUM of 12 OTHER nonprofits annually. Our Programs: 1.) English as a second Language classes ( 6 days a week ) 2.) Underwriting support for Paderewski Symphony orchestra 3.) Underwriting for Polonia Ensemble dance group 4.) Underwriting support - Agata Paleczny Children's Theaterworks 5.) Underwriting support - Scena Polonia - theatrical program 6.) Underwriting of WOSP event ( last year raised over $ 60,000 for children's hospitals 7.) Sponsor of neighborhood Sunday Farmer's Markets for Jefferson Park 8.) Sponsor and underwrite community events ( Aldermanic debates, community meetings, Chamber of Commerce meetings, Police Community outreach meetings, Social Security seminars, OSHA safety seminars, official neighborhood polling location, Flu Shot Clinic, and more...

Target demographics: Community health & information seminars, Community meeting space, underwrite performing art groups & students, Raise funds for children with medical needs, underwrite ESL classes, Support other non-profits via Venue usage

Direct beneficiaries per year: 5000

Geographic areas served: Metro Chicago

Programs: 1.) English as a second Language classes ( 6 days a week ) 2.) Underwriting support for Paderewski Symphony orchestra 3.) Underwriting for Polonia Ensemble dance group 4.) Underwriting support - Agata Paleczny Children's Theaterworks 5.) Underwriting support - Scena Polonia - theatrical program 6.) Underwriting of WOSP event ( last year raised over $ 60,000 for children's hospitals 7.) Sponsor of neighborhood Sunday Farmer's Markets ( held in our Parking lot ) 8.) Sponsor and underwrite community events ( Aldermanic debates, community meetings, Chamber of Commerce meetings, Police Community outreach meetings, Social Security seminars, OSHA safety seminars, official neighborhood polling location

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It would be difficult for me to imagine the cultural life of our large Polish-American community in Chicago without the Copernicus Center, a venue of the Copernicus Foundation. After its recent renovations the Copernicus is now gorgeous, functional, clean and comfortable. It has become the heart of Polish – American cultural life in Chicago, and it is the home of many great organizations. Especially now – when Not-for-profit cultural Organizations in Chicago experience difficulties, many of them receive support, help and advice from the Foundation and its talented, dedicated members and staff. Thank you Copernicus Foundation for your dedication to our community!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an employee of a nonprofit, social services organization serving Chicago area residents. Over the course of this year, we have organized several community workshops and informational seminars at the Copernicus Center. The foundation provided us with beautiful and functional meeting space and assistance of their amazing staff. We are very grateful for their support for the community projects.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Beautiful theater, real gem on Chicago's map of Polish and International culture.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a community and program developer, I know the importance of "belonging" and "community." The Copernicus Center, through the support of the Foundation, has enriched more than just the Jefferson Park area. Its programming reaches residents throughout Chicago and enriches many lives.