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HEAR Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Health, Health (General & Financing), International, International Relief, Philanthropy, Public Foundations, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: The HEAR Scholarship Foundation’s mission is to provide financial and mentoring support to Chicagoland High School graduates of need, who have demonstrated academic excellence, commitment to community, and highest moral character in pursuing their dream of a college education.

Results: In May 2017 we awarded our 55th scholarship to an exemplary high school senior in financial need. We have now committed $1,100,000 to helping low-income high school students attain their goal of a college education.

Target demographics: High school seniors in financial need seeking a college education

Direct beneficiaries per year: 16 new students with scholarships, 55 scholars in total

Geographic areas served: Chicago, Chicagoland Area

Programs: scholarship programs, mentoring support, networking opportunities, internship opportunities

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

One of my first and most impactful experiences with the Hear Foundation was with the Scholars Program. As a part of the Scholarship Selection Committee, I heard stories of the challenges and obstacles these high school students face. Similarly, I was amazed at the students' resilience and work ethic in overcoming their personal hardships. Becoming a part of the Hear Foundation and awarding scholarship funding to these deserving students is a privilege. The Hear Foundation not only rewards these recipients financially, they welcome them into the Hear Family for life.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor to The Hear Foundation for many years. I’ve been extremely impressed with the selection process used to identify needy students who become Hear scholars. Many of these student scholars have already graduated and are now pursuing their dream career.

As a long time donor I am extremely proud of the people that we have chosen to receive scholarship funding.

GREAT ORGANIZATION !!!!


Len Wislow

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The HEAR Foundation is laser-focused on its mission to help Chicago high school students overcome financial barriers to attain a college education. Having observed and supported their work since their incorporation, I've been impressed by the HEAR Foundation's adaptive leadership and ability to focus on community assets to accelerate their success. The HEAR Foundation recognizes that college access is ineffectual on its own, and provides critical mentoring for their scholars throughout their collegiate tenure. Well done!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been aware of the HEAR Foundation for ten years. Over that time, HEAR has provided scholar ships to college for deserving students from the greater Chicago area who have a financial need to make attending college a reality.
In many cases the recipient is the first in the family to attend college.
Each scholar also is provided a mentor to help each recipient with guidance and counsel about the college experience

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked with the Hear foundation by nominating bright talented students for their college scholarships for the past two years. They are incredibly professional and kind and overall Hear is a great organization!

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Lucy-HEAR 10/19/2017

Thank you for your positive review!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The HEAR Foundation is a truly impactful organization that I am proud to be associated with. I often hear the Board members refer to the organization and everyone it touches as "family". This idea is at the center of all that they do. HEAR is doing their part to leave this world a better place and I look forward to seeing the continued impact they have on our community.

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Lucy-HEAR 10/19/2017

Thank you for your great review - we are delighted that you are a supporter of the HEAR Foundation and a part of our family!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Giving financial support for college to local outstanding Chicago-area kids who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend is all I need to know. Every person deserves an opportunity and HEAR provides it.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was exposed to the HEAR Foundation through interaction from board members, volunteers, and thru direct interaction with funding HEAR's many endeavors.

I became a donor to assist in helping the mission of HEAR.
HEAR is such a broad program I enjoy donating because I know its helping to strengthen the community around me and also in Guatemala.

HEAR assists others achieve their dream of an education. They not only provide worthy students a scholarship to give them a hand up in financing their dream. They back that student up with mentors from the community and create a network of support to follow the student through the process of obtaining their education.

They annually provide chickens to the community to ensure a couple of good meals to those in need. The Scholars volunteer their time which teaches them the importance of giving back to others.

Also a good portion of the Board went to Guatemala to assist Casa Hogar in building a Hen House to assist in giving food to the community while also providing educational needs.

The volunteer hours that I have seen the board and other members of HEAR provide is outstanding. The value of giving someone an education and teaching them to continue to help their community is such a great value.

I am excited to continue donating with HEAR and see them grow in my community.

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Lucy-HEAR 10/19/2017

Thank you for your very positive review, and for your continued support of our Foundation - it is because of you, and others like you, that we are able to enact our mission and for that we are very grateful.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a high school counselor I am always on the lookout for organizations to partner with and/or suggest to students who are looking for scholarship opportunities. The HEAR Foundation has been a WONDERFUL resource for our school. One of our 2016 graduates won a 20,000 scholarship and is now attending UIC at no cost. His dreams came true because of the HEAR Foundation and I overwhelmed by their generosity. Without these types of donors, many high-achieving students would not be able to attend a four-year college/university.

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Lucy-HEAR 10/19/2017

Thank you for your review - it is much appreciated. We hope to get more scholars applying from your school again this year!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

About four years ago I received great news that I was chosen to receive a college scholarship from the HEAR Foundation. Throughout my undergraduate years at the University of Illinois at Chicago, I was able to network with the board and volunteers. Being part of the organization also meant I had a close group of people who can provide career advice and opportunities. Things are going well and I am now in my first year medical school at UIC. Their support has contributed to my success. I still make the time to be involved with the HEAR Foundation such as volunteering and networking events because I support its mission to help students go to college.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The HEAR Foundation gave me a support system I could rely on throughout my college experience. Whether it was for assistance with internships, classes, or life, the HEAR network was there for me through it all.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Currently, I am a first-year student at Denison University in Ohio. I come from the inner city of Chicago. Fortunately, I've been able to receive private high school education from another scholarship fund that invested in my future, much like the HEAR Foundation. So, I must confess that the HEAR Foundation is an absolutely fabulous organization that's been extremely helpful to me as I've transitioned into college. Not only have they granted me a very generous monetary contribution to attend school, they've also provided me with a support system to help me get through the emotional aspect of attending an out-of-state university. The employees that I've had contact with are always incredibly nice and helpful. When I've spoken to them live on the telephone, I can sense that they genuinely care about me and want to do everything they can to ensure my success. Another awesome quality that the HEAR staff has is that they always go above and beyond to satisfy us scholars. And if I have questions, they won't hesitate to go through leaps and bounds to ensure that they get answered. I truly admire their dedication to us scholars. Little do they know, the money they've given us is not all that matters; but rather, the fact that they support us 100% is what really means the most. Thank you HEAR Foundation!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization, that last year helped, via scholarships, six different financially needy individuals pay for their college educations. Hear Foundation is a well run, well thought out, endeavor, that puts every dollar at work for the needy.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am going to post this up on the site. Let me know if there is anything I should add or delete? I am a freshmen at Marquette University studying to become a civil engineer. I come from a low income family and grew up in Chicago. Growing up my family constantly moved. I attended seven different schools before high school. Most of my friends and family did not graduate from high school and are affiliated with gangs. My parents dropped out freshmen year of high school and had me at a young age. Being the first one in my family to attend college is hard. I had no one to tell me how hard college is, how to enroll, let alone what college was. I am the first stepping stone for my family, and all the eyes are on me. I have cousins that look up to me and a younger brother who is in high school. I was nervous, but the HEAR foundation helped me step by step. They, HEAR members, would share their opinions about what was the best college for me, and help my family and me by granting me a scholarship. I cannot describe how fortunate I am. The HEAR foundation is helping me fulfill my dream without them I really do not know where I would be.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a parent of a Hear Foundation scholar, I have had a first hand experience with the wonderful things that HEAR does for children with higher education scholarships.At the scholarship interview, I was greeted by Clare. She let me know how exceptional my daughter Colleen was. While waiting in the waiting room while my daughter interviewed, I had the pleasure of speaking to other scholarship finalists and their parents. It was inspiring to hear these talented students speak of their dreams and goals.Without the HEAR scholarship, many of these hard-working students would not be able to pursue these dreams. It is wonderful that HEAR recognizes these amazing students by honoring them with a scholarship.My daughter and my family are thankful for this wonderful opportunity.

Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a member of the HEAR Scholarship Committee. I was extremely impressed with the work that HEAR is doing to promote higher education for young people right here in this country. HEAR does a lot of fantastic work in developing nations as well. HEAR is also working for equality in education here it the United States through its scholarship program. HEAR is helping bright young people afford a college education that they otherwise would not be able to achieve. The students whom I met through this program were truly inspiring. They had worked hard, overcome various obstacles, and were admitted to top institutions such as Northwestern, Marquette, and the University of Chicago. HEAR's mission to help these students pursue higher education shows their dedication to providing opportunities for future leaders of our society.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with the HEAR Foundation is something that is very near and dear to my heart. One of my favorite programs that HEAR does is the HEAR Feeds Program. Twice a year they give nearly 40,000 pounds of Chicken away to different organizations and neighborhoods in need around Chicago. To date they have given over to 500,000 meals to people in need. I helped organize volunteers, move boxes, deliver Chicken to different organizations and saw the impact it had when people of the communities came to pick up their Chicken. After having helped HEAR with this a couple times, one of my favorite experiences with this was when I saw a single mother come to pick up her Chicken with her 6 kids. She explained to me how grateful she was because her kids have not been able to have protein in over 6 months. It is stories like this that keep me coming back to help the HEAR Foundation. They do great work and you can see the impact they have on the communities they work in.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the last 3 years I have been traveling with a small group of volunteers to help develop programs for a girl's school /orphanage in rural Guatemala. We have taught them to sew and make jewelry which they can then sell back an enthusiastic market in the US. Thanks to the sponsorship of the HEAR foundation we have been able to turn 100% of those profits back to the girl's to provide for food, clothing and to cover the costs of utilities and housing maintenance. My experiences with the girls in Guatemala and the working with the HEAR Foundation has been a source of inspiration and gratification. All the volunteers and sponsors have been kind, hardworking and focused on the main goal - improving the quality of life for the girls of the Marta y Maria Orphanage. Particularly impressive has been the group's (volunteers, sponsors and donors)flexibility and willingness to adapt to changing needs and circumstances as they arise. For example, the volunteers came to the orphanage to build a playset but enthusiastically addressed and corrected plumbing /sewage issues when they became aware of them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

AMAZING PROGRAM! The goal of Hijas is to help the orphaned girls become financially independent. The program teaches the girls to create beautiful and unique jewelry and bags. The directors of Hijas have wholeheartedly dedicated their time, resources, passion, and love to help provide the girls with a better life.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter has been to Jalapa, Gautemala, numberous times, and has been involved in teaching the girls at the orphanage how to sew, and bead (even making the beads and drying them in kilns). Both of these skills are useful in producing a product that can be sold so that they can have money for everyday things such as: food, transportation, clothes, etc. The girls pull at your heart strings as they are happy with the most meager things that we take for granted.