Our ultimate aims are to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity, consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals. On a local level, we seek to advance environmental justice and economic opportunities to help vulnerable communities thrive. This includes youth environmental education, green job training, locally-grown food, and clean energy choices . Globally, we have supported clean energy access, sustainable agriculture, and women’s equality in the poorest regions of the developing world. In the past,  in-service, immersive learning opportunities for college students as a pathway to aid communities and prepare future leaders to address the world’s challenges.

Recent Social Empowerment Grants:

Acumen Fund – invests in companies, leaders, and ideas that are changing the way the world tackles poverty – we partner with the Energy Portfolio, which is opening doors through electrifying Western Africa, India and other areas with clean, safe and affordable energy.

Chicago Clean Energy Coalition for Puerto Rico Solar Disaster Relief/LuminAID

Farm on Ogden, a Chicago Botanic Garden (Windy City Harvest) and Lawndale Christian Health Center project

Global Fund for Women – a grantmaking foundation that advances women’s human rights in 170 counties worldwide by investing in women led-organizations and women’s collective leadership for change

University of Dayton Engineers in Technical Humanitarian Opportunities of Service  (ETHOS) – students participate in engineering service-learning projects across the globe, including Appalachia, Africa, Central America, Brazil, China and India, to foster sustainable development solutions

University of Illinois Subsistence Marketplaces InitiativeGlobal Business Brigades and Enactus – the Hanley Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance for students to participate in immersion service-learning trips in developing countries to bring about sustainable, social change – destinations have included India, Uganda, Tanzania, Mexico, Russia and Panama.

SHINE – a global campaign to mobilize foundations, faith groups and other mission-driven organizations to dedicate grants and investments to massively scale up funding for clean energy access, a sustainable development goal, that underlies