WBEZ | non-profit http://www.wbez.org/tags/non-profit Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Making Media Connections 2013: OhBama! Discover the Tactics behind using technology in your campaigns http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/making-media-connections-2013-ohbama-discover-tactics-behind-using <p><p>The Obama for America team redefined how technology is used to run a successful campaign. Many of today&#39;s campaign strategist have taken notes after seeing what The Obama for America team has done. Knowing how to cater to your community and audience, understanding what tools are available to smaller nonprofit and how to access them is very important for all organizations. Non-profits must keep up with the innovation of technology and use the many communication tools that are out there for their benefit. Learn what technology is right for you and your organization, and how it can help you tell your stories and maximize volunteer and donor engagement.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CMW-webstory_7.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Recorded live on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at Columbia College Chicago.</p></p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 13:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/making-media-connections-2013-ohbama-discover-tactics-behind-using 14 Chicago LGBTQ organizations you should know http://www.wbez.org/blogs/nico-lang/2013-04/14-chicago-lgbtq-organizations-you-should-know-106659 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/gay-pride-rainbow-flag-logo-jpg.jpg" style="height: 169px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="(AP/File)" />Last month, Project Fierce launched an <a href="http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/project-fierce-support-a-grassroots-effort-to-address-queer-youth-homelessness" target="_blank">IndieGogo campaign</a> to raise funds and awareness for its proposed work with the LGBTQ community. The project is now 9 days into its goal of securing the sum needed to make a down payment on a house for LGBTQ youth. Currently, Project Fierce is about halfway to its stated goal of $10,000.</p><p>While Project Fierce charges toward the finish line, let&#39;s take an opportunity to celebrate their proposed work, as well as the contributions so many are making in the Chicago LGBTQ community. This is a list of 14 Chicago LGBTQ organizations you should know (and/or get involved with). It&#39;s by no means meant to be a ranking or a definitive list of any kind, and I apologize in advance if I forgot anyone. It&#39;s just a small celebration of our queer community I put together with love.</p><p><em>Note: Quotes are pulled from organizations&#39; mission statements. I figured it was best to let them speak for themselves.</em></p><p>1. &nbsp;<a href="http://aidschicago.org" target="_blank">AIDS Foundation of Chicago</a></p><p>2. <a href="http://affinity95.org" target="_blank">Affinity Community Services</a></p><div><p dir="ltr">3. <a href="http://www.howardbrown.org/hb_services.asp?id=50" target="_blank">Broadway Youth Center</a></p><blockquote><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;The Broadway Youth Center is a program of Howard Brown Health Center and [its] community partners, offering comprehensive services to youth, ages 12-24 including a safe space for young people experiencing homelessness.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Through its basic needs program, the BYC offers homeless youth a safe place to access basic needs, such as food, hygiene supplies, clothing, laundry, and showers. In addition to drop-in services, youth are also able to access a full range of free services and programs ranging from HIV/STI testing and treatment, acute health care services, GED classes, case management, counseling services and social and support groups.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p dir="ltr"><strong>How to Support:&nbsp;</strong>You can give to BYC via the Howard Brown <a href="https://howardbrown1165.thankyou4caring.org/broadway-youth-center-donation-page">website</a>. To volunteer, contact Amy Miller at (773) 388-8796 or email AmyM@Howardbrown.org. &nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">4. <a href="http://www.chicagohouse.org" target="_blank">Chicago House</a></p><blockquote><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Chicago House provides permanent, community-based <a href="http://www.chicagohouse.org/programs_housing.html">housing</a>, <a href="http://www.chicagohouse.org/supportive_services.html">supportive services</a>, and <a href="http://www.chicagohouse.org/programs_prevention.html">prevention outreach</a> to individuals and families struggling with HIV and AIDS. Many come to [Chicago House] with the added burdens of poverty, homelessness, substance abuse, and mental illness, as well as the need for job skills and training.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;[Chicago House&rsquo;s] innovative programs are designed to meet the unique needs of individuals and families who are often disproportionately impacted by HIV and AIDS, including many in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community as well as minority communities who struggle with health and income disparities.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Through [CH&rsquo;s] array of services that include <a href="http://www.chicagohouse.org/programs_housing.html">supportive housing</a>, <a href="http://www.chicagohouse.org/programs_prevention.html">HIV prevention</a> and <a href="http://www.chicagohouse.org/case_management_program.html">case management</a> and linkage-to-medical care services, and a groundbreaking <a href="http://www.chicagohouse.org/employment_program.html">employment program</a>, Chicago House provides [its] clients with the tools, resources, and support to advance their lives in wellness, with dignity and hope.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p dir="ltr"><strong>How to Support:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagohouse.org/donations.html">Donate</a> to Chicago House on its website or <a href="http://www.chicagohouse.org/volunteers.html">volunteer</a>.</p><p dir="ltr">5. <a href="http://jointcra.org" target="_blank">The Civil Rights Agenda</a></p><p dir="ltr">6. <a href="http://www.thenightministry.org/001_programs/040_youth_services/030_youth_housing/040_the_crib/" target="_blank">The Crib</a></p><blockquote><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;The Night Ministry&rsquo;s overnight youth shelter, The Crib, first opened in January 2011 as a 4-month pilot program funded by the City of Chicago...The Crib has grown substantially in its first two seasons, but continues to be an overnight space for young people ages 18-24 to get a hot meal, sleep, do yoga, dance, rest, and be safe. The space is welcoming to people of all genders and sexual orientations and is open seven nights a week. [The Crib believes] that every person deserves a warm, safe place to rest, and [The Crib does its] best to build community with the 20 young people who come to stay...each night.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;The Crib is open from 9 p.m. until 9 a.m. each night and can accommodate 20 youth. The Crib is an important addition to Chicago&rsquo;s efforts to care for youth who are on the streets, because there are only about 230 other shelter beds for youth in Chicago, while an estimated 2,000 young people experience homelessness every night. There are at least two staff members awake and on duty at all times. Staff also provide the youth with links to daytime supportive services.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p dir="ltr"><strong>How to Support: </strong>You can donate to The Crib in the form of one-time, monthly or planned gift <a href="http://www.thenightministry.org/003_donate/">donations</a>, or <a href="http://www.thenightministry.org/002_volunteer/">volunteer</a>.</p><p dir="ltr">7. <a href="http://eqil.org" target="_blank">Equality Illinois</a></p><p dir="ltr">8. <a href="http://genderjust.org" target="_blank">Gender JUST</a></p><blockquote><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Gender JUST formed itself as a place for those marginalized within traditional LGBTQA communities, namely people of color, youth, trans people, immigrants, people living with disabilities, and others who have not felt that mainstream LGBTQA organizations represented their interests.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;At its core, Gender JUST is an issue-based organizing project. Currently, issues in <a href="http://www.genderjust.org/get-involved/safe-affirming-education-campaign-organizing-committee">education</a> &amp; of <a href="http://www.genderjust.org/get-involved/committee-on-urban-resource-sustainability-equity-course">resource equity</a> are central to the work of [Gender JUST], especially as they intersect with issues of racial, economic &amp; gender justice. Since its inception, however, Gender JUST members &amp; leaders have come together in both popular education sessions &amp; in other community venues around issues important to the our community. The following are some of the many issues Gender JUST organizes around: economic and racial justice, reproductive justice, hate crimes, immigration and prisoner solidarity.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;The goals of Gender JUST are to (1) transform LGBTQA communities by abolishing race, class, gender, age, religion and ability hierarchies in service of a multi-dimensional and powerful movement and to (2) promote innovative, community-based solutions to safety, wellness, and resource disparities that are accountable to those most vulnerable to institutional violence and harm.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p dir="ltr"><strong>How to Support:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin/ea?v=001DHL4fuLXGfm1Z8Xx86ExM1-e8X9sGnvCi33ZOJkjwbTt-T4s63hwaPe4K4fL2ZoqFYV92qpMUfVqh8SBtGL4gg%3D%3D">Get involved</a> with Gender JUST&rsquo;s work or donate via <a href="https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&amp;SESSION=aQiMaP7zAv_R0imo62w8SOPVpOb1e0PPXIDnycmN5XkWMqu6lgyHn4ZVrYG&amp;dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1f8e263663d3faee8d96fc0752e9614158f04872d2f2ae25dc">PayPal</a>.</p><p dir="ltr">9. <a href="http://getequal.org" target="_blank">Get Equal</a></p><p dir="ltr">10. <a href="http://jointheimpactchicago.org" target="_blank">Join the Impact</a></p><p dir="ltr">11. <a href="http://www.lambdalegal.org/states-regions/illinois" target="_blank">Lambda Legal Illinois</a></p><blockquote><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;[Lambda&rsquo;s] legal, education and advocacy work touches nearly every aspect of life for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people living with HIV. &nbsp;[Lambda Legal categorizes its] work into the following priority areas: fair courts, government misconduct, health care fairness, HIV, Latino outreach, marriage and family, seniors, transgender rights, workplace fairness and youth.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;In Illinois, Lambda Legal is suing on behalf of 16 same-sex couples seeking the Freedom to Marry.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p dir="ltr"><strong>How to Support: </strong>You can donate on the Lambda <a href="https://secure3.convio.net/lambda/site/Donation2?idb=1480016071&amp;df_id=4240&amp;4240.donation=form1">website</a>, as a monthly or one-time supporter, or <a href="http://www.lambdalegal.org/node/3058">volunteer</a>.</p><p dir="ltr">12. <a href="http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/project-fierce-support-a-grassroots-effort-to-address-queer-youth-homelessness" target="_blank">Project Fierce</a></p><blockquote><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Project Fierce Chicago is a grassroots group of youth service providers, housing advocates and radical social workers. Motivated by the need for additional housing resources available for LGBTQ young folks, [the group] came together and decided that instead of waiting for institutional support from the city or state, Project Fierce will work to address this issue ourselves through a community-driven project.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;[Project Fierce&rsquo;s] mission is to reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness in Chicago by providing affirming, no-cost transitional housing and support services to LGBTQ young adults. PFC also aims to encourage community-building and leadership development through collaborative living and civic engagement.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p dir="ltr">13. <a href="http://tpan.com" target="_blank">Test Positive Aware Network</a></p><p dir="ltr">14. <a href="http://tjlp.org" target="_blank">Transformative Justice Law Project</a></p><blockquote><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;The Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois (TJLP) is a collective of radical lawyers, social workers, activists, and community organizers who are deeply committed to prison abolition, transformative justice, and gender self-determination.</p></blockquote><blockquote><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;[TJLP uses its] legal access and...privilege as people on the outside to further the prison abolition movement and support people on the inside. [TJLP works] in three project areas: legal services; educational material and trainings; and community survival and organizing on the inside.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p dir="ltr"><strong>How to Support: </strong>You can send donations to the Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois, 4707 N. Broadway Suite 307, Chicago, IL 60640. To donate an item in-kind, such as food, office supplies or volunteer power, contact TJLP at <a href="mailto:info@tjlp.org">info@tjlp.org</a> or (773) 272-1822.</p><p dir="ltr">Are you a part of an organization, non-profit, start-up or project that was not included here? Feel free to plug your work in the comments and tell us how to get involved.</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Nico Lang writes about LGBTQ issues in Chicago. You can follow Nico on <a href="http://www.twitter.com/nico_lang">Twitter</a>, <a href="http://achatwithnicolang.tumblr.com">Tumblr</a> or <a href="http://www.facebook/nicorlang">Facebook</a>.</em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/nico-lang/2013-04/14-chicago-lgbtq-organizations-you-should-know-106659 What the Mayor might have said at the Goodman http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-16/what-mayor-might-have-said-goodman-92109 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-19/goodman theatre_flickr_mikewarot.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Dueling Critics and a whole crowd of those who are otherwise night folks assembled at the Goodman at dawn (well, 8 a.m.) last Thursday for what was billed as a major important announcement, complete with mayor. (These days no announcement is major-important unless the mayor is there. Conversely, if the mayor is there we're all primed to think that the announcement is major-important. Presumably this Pavlovian response among the press will wear off soon.)&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-19/goodman theatre_flickr_mikewarot.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; width: 304px; height: 400px;" title="(Flickr/Mike Warot)">Jonathan and I spent a considerable amount of time speculating about the nature of the announcement: was the mayor going to give the Goodman a supplementary site--maybe the McDonald's across the street? Close off Dearborn to turn the downtown theater district into a pedestrian mall? Announce a plan for the Goodman to co-fund the CityArts program so smaller theaters could thrive with city help as the Goodman has?</p><p>But the announcement was nothing more than that the theater is two-thirds of the way toward its goal of raising $15 million and is therefore confident enough of being able to do so that they're ready to "announce" an endowment campaign. An endowment will make sure there's perpetual support for the theater's work in developing new plays, encouraging non-white artists, doing outreach and education, keeping the building up to date and so forth. Professional practice in these matters is not to mention that you're trying to raise money until you've already raised most of it, at which point you can do what Rahm did at the Goodman: point a finger at the audience and say, "Finish the job!" As far as major-important announcements go, I coulda stood in bed.</p><p>But imagine a different scenario. (Spooky alternative-reality music here.) Say the Goodman calls us all down there to hear Rahm announce the city's latest generous gift to the theater: the land on which its building sits. Rahm the Liberator frees the theater from its onerous $1-a-year rent payment to the city, and simply hands over the land. What generosity! What public-private partnership! What a deal!</p><p>But then imagine that Rahm goes to the Illinois Department of Revenue and asks it to decide that the now-property-owning Goodman should be the now-property-taxpaying Goodman. No matter that the theater is a nonprofit: if it's not a "charity" under the Illinois Constitution, the Goodman's trustees will need to turn their attention from raising endowment to raising money to pay taxes on one of the most valuable chunks of land in the city. Imagine Bob Falls in a gorgeous velvet dress made out of theater curtains, pleading with Rhett, uh, Rahm: <em>"I need $300,000 to pay the taxes on Tara!"</em>&nbsp;Yet the mayor would appear amazingly generous, giving this poor little theater its home.&nbsp;<em>"I can't pay the rent!" "But you must pay the rent!" "I'll give you the deed and you won't have to pay the rent</em>," says Dudley Do-Rahm.</p><p>Most likely no such scheme was ever contemplated. But perhaps the press event's emphasis on outreach ("Look at how many tickets we give away!"="Look how charitable we are!") was designed to protect against something like it. Falls and Roche Schulfer didn't get where they are by being fools; they'd know enough to look this particular gift horse in the mouth if she ever came trotting over from City Hall.&nbsp; On the other hand, declining a donation is a complicated thing, and crossing a Mayor who's used to having his own way is no joke.&nbsp;</p><p>Stay tuned for future developments--which will almost certainly (spooky alternative-reality music here) look nothing like any of us can imagine. &nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 22:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-16/what-mayor-might-have-said-goodman-92109