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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

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Copernicus Foundation has progressed significantly the past few years. We are now an organization that operates revenue generating facilities for the betterment of the foundation and ultimately the many different groups, clubs and organizations we help support. The Polish Community in Chicago has embraced our efforts and we look forward to continuing our mission as the cultural hub of Polonia in the Midwest.

Board Member

Rating: 4

I am deeply impressed by the dedication and tireless efforts of the many board members, staff members and volunteers with which I have had the pleasure to serve at the Copernicus Foundation. Copernicus is a cornerstone of the community and continues to expand its scope and mission.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The charity was initially formed to promote Polish culture and maintain its knowledge for generations to come. The 2000 person movie theater now actually is a performing arts theater as well, complete with dressing rooms etc. What started out as a Polish only project has now evolved into one of Chicago s top concert viewing arenas as well as community centers, complete with classrooms. meeting rooms and offices for community ]organizations , came take a look at anytime,5214 w. Lawrence ave, just off the Kennedy expressway.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Great foundation, great people, great atmosphere, great events. Overall outstanding big improvements.