Chicago Charity Challenge Named The People's Choice of Chicago Innovation Awards
          Chicago, Ill. — Chicago Charity Challenge has been chosen as The People’s Choice Award winner of the 15th Annual Chicago Innovation Awards, an honor recognizing the impact of the Charity Challenge’s unique annual citywide competition that rewards businesses and their employees for giving back to some of Chicago’s…
Press Release · October 26, 2016
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BEYOND THE ONE-NIGHT STAND: SIX WAYS FOR TURNING CORPORATE PHILANTHROPY INTO LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIPS
Single days of volunteer service are exciting, moving, impactful, and inspiring. Getting a team of employees out to paint a school, build a playground, or read with dozens of children at the same time is great. But after a year or two of the ‘one and done’ volunteer events, many corporate employees hunger for more.…
Media · October 3, 2016
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Chicago Charity Challenge Once Again a Top 100 Nominee for Chicago Innovation Awards
Out of 643 applicants, the Chicago Charity Challenge is pleased to share that we have been selected as one of the Top 100 Nominees for the Chicago Innovation Award – the second year in a row! Below is the ad published in the Chicago Tribune on Thursday, September 15 with all of the phenomenal and…
Media · September 20, 2016
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Six Ways to Turn Your Corporate Philanthropy Efforts into a Long-Term Project
A single day of volunteer service can be exciting, moving, impactful, and inspiring for a company’s employees. But after a year or two of the ‘one and done’ volunteer events, many corporate employees hunger for more. To develop an enduring philanthropic relationship, multiple points of connection are needed. Here are six ways to move your…
Media · August 24, 2016
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Chicago Charity Challenge Returns To The Big Leagues
As many of this blog’s readers know, we love hearing – and highlighting – great initiatives that drive social change, social benefit, and social impact in Chicago. One of those initiatives involves corporate philanthropy – companies partnering with nonprofits and other mission-driven organizations to make a definite impact. Many readers are also aware that…
Media · August 8, 2016
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Chicago Charity Challenge Launches Third Annual Corporate Giving Competition
CNA employees enjoying their service day at Challenge partner Chicago Lights’ Urban Farm. Chicago, IL—July 25, 2016— The Chicago Charity Challenge launches the third year of its unique corporate giving competition by welcoming 16 company teams that are facing off in a one-of-a-kind annual contest that makes giving a team sport. The new and returning…
Press Release · July 29, 2016
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U.S. News & World Report: 4 Ways to Raise a Philanthropic Kid
When parents teach money lessons to their children, it’s a good time to incorporate the idea of charitable giving. Many children are naturally compassionate and there are ways parents can guide those thoughtful impulses. Experts in the philanthropic sector say parents can start at a very early age to encourage a charitable mindset in kids,…
Media · July 26, 2016
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CNA Announces Participation in 2016 Chicago Charity Challenge
CHICAGO, April 21, 2016 — CNA today announced its participation in the Chicago Charity Challenge, a nine-month competition in which businesses team with nonprofits and compete to contribute volunteer hours and money to Chicagoland charities. CNA has chosen Chicago Lights as its nonprofit partner and will engage with them throughout the remainder of 2016. “CNA…
Media · April 21, 2016
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Chicago Tribune Ad "Chicago Charity Challenge Awards Companies with Compassion"
Chicago Charity Challenge in Chicago Tribune on Friday, April 8, 2016
Press Release · April 19, 2016
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And Now... A Word From Our Sponsors
The Chicago Charity Challenge is proud to unveil a new video today showcasing the passion and support of our sponsors. See what they’re saying about Chicago’s first initiative that rewards businesses and their employees for giving back. Want to sponsor the Challenge? Email info@chicagochacha.org to learn more. Watch the video here.
Press Release · March 30, 2016
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Inside the Chicago Charity Challenge: Latham & Watkins LLP
One great thing about Chicago is a thriving community focused on corporate philanthropy. Amongst more community- and technology-based efforts, Chicago corporate philanthropy takes a unique approach, moving businesses beyond just monetary donations into building strong community partnerships. Chicago Charity Challenge focuses on building those relationships, with businesses and nonprofits focusing on joint efforts (insert…
Media · March 22, 2016
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How the Chicago Charity Challenge Reinvents Corporate Giving
Last year, more than 4,500 employees from 23 businesses competed in the Chicago Charity Challenge, a unique corporate giving contest designed to motivate participants to fundraise and volunteer. Affectionately dubbed “the Cha Cha,” the Chicago Charity Challenge is the only corporate giving initiative that harnesses the competitive spirit to maximize employee engagement. The challenge serves companies interested in developing more meaningful and ongoing relationships with their select charities.
Media · March 21, 2016
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The Chicago Charity Challenge is turning giving into sport
Stacey Rago, Executive Director of the Chicago Charity Challenge, joins Justin to talk about how the Chicago Charity Challenge is reinventing the tradition of corporate giving. They are also joined by Tom Koltun, the President of Kolcraft, the grand prize winner of the 2015 Chicago Charity Challenge. Listen to the interview at WGNRadio.com.
Media · March 4, 2016
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Meeting Old and New Community Connections
Connection: a word that has multiple meanings within multiple contexts. For my professional life, it means both technological (through social media, online communications, mobile) and personal (friends, family, networking). In the past few weeks, I have been reengaging with the greater community after having to withdraw due to personal concerns (including one family member’s…
Media · February 29, 2016
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2015 Chicago Charity Challenge Award Winners
Chicago Charity Challenge Awards Grand Prize to Kolcraft and its Charity Partner March of Dimes for Exceptional 2015 Giving Partnership Chicago, IL—February 29, 2016 — The Chicago Charity Challenge, (www.chicagochacha.org) the nation’s foremost charitable organization that makes giving a team sport, named the winners of the 2015 Charity Challenge during…
Press Release · February 26, 2016
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Chicago Charity Challenge Awards Ceremony Honors Most Generous Employee Philanthropists
Chicago Charity Challenge Honors Most Generous Employee Philanthropists Feb. 26 at Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza ESPN Play-by-Play Announcer Mike Couzens is Master of Ceremonies Chicago, Ill. — February 8, 2016 — The Chicago Charity Challenge, the nation’s foremost charitable organization that makes giving a team sport, hosts its second annual…
Press Release · January 29, 2016
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