Category: Good Giving

Finding a cure for pediatric cancer neuroblastoma | NPNparents.org

When Patricia Tallungan's 6-year-old son Nick started complaining his back hurt, she didn't think much of it. But after a visit to the pediatrician and an X-ray, her family's life changed forever. Her son was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a little-known cancer she hadn't even heard of at the time. Four years of grueling treatments later, Nick lost his battle.

But Tallungan's battle had just begun. She turned her grief into the Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation, which provides ...

Posted on August 18, 2016 at 1:16 PM by Laura Baginski

Change your life and the lives of others! | NPNparents.org

Whether you are a 5K runner or triathlete, when you join Team Special Olympics Chicago for some of the most exciting races in Chicago, you'll get support all along the way.

Special Olympics would be honored to have you on its team to fundraise for this important cause. Your efforts will make a lasting difference to 6,000+ Chicago athletes. 

The Special Olympics mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in 22 Olympic-type sports for children and adults wit...

Posted on June 07, 2016 at 6:11 AM by Ellie Ander

Philanthropy spotlight: Special Olympics Chicago | NPNparents.org

Anyone who has competed in sports knows the positive effects it can have: learning what it means to be a part of a team, testing physical and emotional limits, and improving overall health. Thanks to Special Olympics Chicago, 6,000 athletes with intellectual abilities get to experience all the highs and lows that come with participating in sports—without having to pay for a thing.

 

How does the Special Olympics accomplish this? Through creative fundraising endeavors, such as ...

Posted on February 25, 2016 at 11:16 AM by Laura Baginski

Philanthropy spotlight: Changing the Face of Beauty

Photo credit: Sarah-beth Photography

Rarely do you see a person with a disability in an ad campaign that has nothing to do with his or her disability. Chicago mom, NPN member and photographer Katie Driscoll aims to change that with her charity, Changing the Face of Beauty. Her goal? To convince retailers large and small to include people with disabilities in their ad campaigns. 

"The common response I receive from the industry is, 'We never even thought about including those w...

Posted on January 27, 2016 at 11:49 AM by Laura Baginski

Philanthropy spotlight: Books First!


Imagine growing up with little to no access to books—no library nearby, no books at home, not even a library at school. For many Chicago kids living in poverty, this is the norm. Bernadette Dorman and her organization Books First! aims to eradicate "book deserts" by receiving book donations from Chicago families and donating them to Chicago Public Schools that lack libraries. 

 

So far, Books First! has received 22,000 books and delivered them to 10 schools. Every single on...

Posted on December 30, 2015 at 11:19 AM by Laura Baginski

Philanthropy spotlight: Share Our Spare

This is the time of year when many of us reflect with gratitude on what we have, and look to help those who have less. For Amy Kadens (pictured, above), founder of Chicago charity Share Our Spare, taking care of the less fortunate is a year-round endeavor. Her four-year-old non-profit provides new or gently used baby and children's items like diapers, toys and clothing to low-income or homeless families. Where does she get these donations? From awesome people like you! Read on about h...

Posted on November 24, 2015 at 3:00 PM by Laura Baginski

Philanthropy spotlight: Children's Heart Foundation

Heather and Mike Shaffer, pictured above, found out early in their pregnancy that one of their twin boys, Tyler, had a congenital heart defect. They knew he would be faced with several open-heart surgeries, and his survival wasn't guaranteed. But what they didn't know was how Tyler's fight would change their lives.

 

The brave little boy in the photo above and below, showing off his last open-heart surgery scar, inspired them to help more kids like Tyler get the treatment they...

Posted on October 27, 2015 at 8:30 AM by Laura Baginski

Philanthropy spotlight: Jackson Chance Foundation

In the first of our new monthly series that shines a light on local charities that support Chicago children, we feature Jackson Chance Foundation co-founder Carrie Meghie (above, with her son Max). JCF aims to help parents whose baby is in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) by paying their transportation costs, including hospitals' pricey daily parking fees, so nothing stands in the way of spending time with their little one.

What's your personal connection to this cause?
M...

Posted on September 30, 2015 at 10:43 AM by Laura Baginski

Ready, Set, SHOP! NPN Silent Auction is Open!

The NPN Silent Auction is 100% online! Put in an early maximum bid and don't worry about it - you will get an email notification if someone outbids you. It’s quick and easy to register and there is something for everyone - from Mother's Day Gifts to something just for you.  Remember, bidding closes Sunday May 4th at 9pm CST!  Start shopping here www.biddingforgood.com/npnparents


More than $100,000 in goodies - READY, SET, SHOP!


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Posted on May 01, 2014 at 6:00 AM by Christa Reed

NPN's Online Silent Auction Guide to Bidding

The Biggest NPN Shopping Event of the year is open for PREVIEW!  Bidding opens May 1st and closes at 9pm CST on Sunday, May 4th.

Once you've had a chance see our nearly $100,000 in goodies for Chicago families, make sure to place YOUR maximum bids online!  We know how crazy life can get - set your max bid and rest easy.  You can stop back in and visit "your items" or check your email notification to make sure you are still in the lead.

How To Bid:


Go to: http://www.biddingf...

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 6:00 AM by Colleen Pellissier