Leveraging Philanthropy and Collaboration

The Lodestar Foundation seeks to expand the overall capacity of the social sector by promoting philanthropy, volunteering, public service, nonprofit collaboration and other business practices.

Two Chicago Area Volunteer Organizations Merge

Chicago Cares was the largest volunteer organization in Chicago, working with over 250 nonprofits across the city to create and connect over 20,000 volunteers with meaningful service opportunities. It drew over 75% of its volunteers and funding from Chicago’s corporate community. WomenOnCall offered pro bono consulting projects to nonprofits through approximately 100 professional women volunteers.  The merged organization has yielded long-term sustainability, expanded programs and a network of 1,600 volunteers and 650 nonprofit relationships.  The SeaChange-Lodestar Fund for Nonprofit Collaboration provided support for one-time merger-related expenses.

Grant Information

Grant Amount
Year Granted
Chicago Cares
IL - Illinois