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BRIGHT PROMISES FOUNDATION

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Philanthropy

Mission: Bright Promises Foundation creates opportunities for children to reach their full potential by assisting other organizations to identify and implement solutions that address the most pressing, unmet needs of children.

Results: As a result of our multiple initiatives, we have developed, expanded and improved crucial programs at organizations in almost every one of Chicago’s 50 wards. We have partnered with more than 150 child-serving organizations in the last 10 years, and many of our partners have gone on to be experts in their community, training other organizations how to effectively address the needs of the at-risk children they serve. As a result of our various programs, a community-based network and infrastructure exists that continues to support organizations working in new and innovative ways to help vulnerable children.

Target demographics: Bright Promises is dedicated to supporting outcome-oriented, sustainable programs that demonstrably improve the lives of children. We work with individuals, foundations, agencies, legislators, parents, caregivers, and the media to develop and deliver programs that provide children with the basis for positive lives and brighter futures.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Bright Promises serves 65 organizations and more than 2,000 children each year.

Geographic areas served: Bright Promises Foundation serves Illinois children by linking directly with child-serving organizations that are working to address critical issues that significantly impact children's well-being and which are currently under-recognized and underfunded in Illinois.

Programs: While promoting a broad range of policies and practices essential to children’s well-being, Bright Promises works intensively on a few of the most pressing issues putting Illinois children at increased risk. The four key areas where Bright Promises is currently working include: 1. Increasing access to quality early childhood education for low-income children ages 0-5, 2. Addressing the immediate and long-term impacts of childhood traumas like abuse, neglect, and poverty. 3. Enhancing parent engagement in at-risk children’s social and emotional learning, 4. Facilitating equal educational opportunities for low-income youth. Through our proven, research based model and together with leading experts, Bright Promises has identified highly effective strategies to address the 4 key areas described above, constructed guidelines, and selected highly qualified organizations who want to become leaders in their community at moving the needle in the critical areas we are working to address. Some of our current partners include Chicago Youth Centers, Enlace Chicago, Erikson Institute and Comer Children’s Hospital.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Pablo P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for Bright Promises was an awesome experience over all. I had the privilege to photograph heroes as they shared their stories of hard work they have accomplished. Smiles lightened up the room as I approached board of directors, committee member, supporters, and staff to take their picture. I thank Bright promises Foundation for their achievements and welcoming my skill for the night.

1 Sendhil R.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm proud to be a supporter of Bright Promises for four reasons. First and foremost, BPF believes that all kids are our kids, and works to ensure that all our kids are supported to reach their potential. Second, BPF partners with grantees working in communities to make positive change that lasts, build capacity, and connect them to create knowledge and magnify the effect of its financial support. Third, BPF "skates to where the puck is going to be" by identifying (with the help of experts) important unmet needs; they were ahead of the national conversation on fighting childhood obesity and assessing the effects of trauma. Fourth, BPF is thoughtful and rigorous about evaluating the effectiveness of its programs and making changes based on what the data reveals. I'm confident that my money and my time are spent wisely and well to help kids.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I volunteered with Bright Promises for their Annual Awards on September 12, 2017. The program was well-organized and managed; over 250 guests attended, and the community raised tens of thousands of dollars for children in Chicago.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great foundation to volunteer for. I really feel like I am help making a difference in the city of Chicago and I am constantly meeting people who inspire me to do even more.

2 Omar V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was a pleasure volunteering for Bright Promises Foundation.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is such a great resource and a quiet, but totally dedicated force for good defending and supporting Chicago kids. Glad to know about them.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome group helping children at risk. Long history supporting organizations that work with kids and parents in their community

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have supported Bright Promises Foundation since 2016 and continue to be impressed with the organization's innovative programming and commitment to creating lasting change. Many children in Illinois face a number of barriers and a lack of access to critical opportunities and resources. Bright Promises Foundation efficiently and effectively works to improve the lives of children and support their families.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with BPF since 2008. It truly is a unique foundation in the way it strategically aims to change the outcomes for children and youth who often have barriers to living happy, successful lives, especially taking notice of challenges that are largely unrecognized. BPF works to change the perception of these challenges and bring them to light so that others recognize these hurdles. BPF encourages innovative responses to these issues and through its focused funding and other programs, supports nonprofit organizations to implement these groundbreaking strategies. BPF uses an external evaluator to document data across its grantees and finds ways to share what works and what doesn't with others. BPF also encourages its grantees to determine strategies for sharing their programs with other child-serving agencies.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bright promises is an outstanding example of a non-profit staying true to a simple mission - to help Illinois' children thrive. Through their variety of programming, support for other organizations and focus on helping great ideas grow, they are making a clear, consistently positive mark on the child-serving institutions space.

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brightpromises 03/31/2017

We are so grateful for your faith in our mission and are so fortunate to count you among our supporters. Thank you!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing Foundation that has developed, expanded and improved programs helping children at risk. As a result of there various programs, a community-based network and infrastructure exists that continues to support organizations working in new and innovative ways to help vulnerable children.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure of following and supporting the mission of Bright Promises and I can't express enough how truly admirable this organization's goals are. They've accomplished so much in the short span of time they've existed by employing selfless, creative, and expert members of their community. The partners benefitted from this organization's acts and initiatives is ever growing and only seeks to serve and support the children and adults of Chicago. Their unwavering dedication to seek out and support at-risk children should be recognized as they have fostered a community network that only strengthens and grows with each organization they encounter.

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brightpromises 03/31/2017

Thank you so much for your kind words. We could not accomlish the work we do on behalf of Chicago's kids without your support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am continually impressed with the method that Bright Promises uses to recognize current needs in our community and identify organizations that are equipped to address those needs. It is truly a unique approach and has been extremely successful for this organization and its recipients. This organization has pushed the conventional charitable giving approach unlike any other that I know of-striving towards a targeted, more successful, higher impact method.

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brightpromises 03/31/2017

Thank you for this wonderful review! We are so grateful for your volunteerism. Your dedication makes our mission to create opportunities for every child in Chicago possible!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Bright Promises for a little more than 6 months and I am so impressed with this organization. Bright Promises has a long history of service to children and yet they are still responsive to the needs of today's children. I appreciate this organization's reliance on experts and feedback from parents, teachers, and service-providers who are on the frontlines for our kids. Bright Promises is truly moving the needle on the most emergent needs of children today.