As long as anyone can remember, the Finance Team at Rush University Medical Center have had an amazing annual tradition: an internal holiday giving drive that starts nearly at Labor Day and extends all the way through December, featuring weekly fundraisers as varied as chili cook-offs to raffles to food truck days. Each year the…

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Fall is such a beautiful time of year in Chicago, but it seemingly goes by in the blink of an eye. On October 19, we had a great opportunity to stop and soak it in with members of the community at our Fall Harvest Fest.   Healthy living was the theme of the day with…

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Kirsten Mallik comes to BUILD with over fifteen years of experience supporting non-profit organizations, from communications and messaging to annual, major gift, and capital campaign fundraising. She joins an active team of writers, advocates, and fundraisers working to sustain the rapid growth of BUILD’s violence intervention and youth development programs. Prior to joining BUILD, she…

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This past week, we took time to honor and thank the people who make the mission of BUILD possible: our donors. Throughout Donor Appreciation Week, we highlighted the support of donors like Alicia and Robert, who discovered BUILD through an online search and decided to get involved. And Sarah, a Chicago native who is a…

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We hope to see you at our 2019 Grapes For Good fundraiser at The Pillar Loft on October 24th. The tasting will support BUILD’s growth and new innovative programs, including our STEAM and clinical programs! Cost is $50.00 per person. 100% of your donation will support BUILD’s programs for youth! Purchase your tickets today! Learn…

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Some young people spend their summers hanging out at the pool. Some head off to sleepaway camp. And some choose to immerse their sun soaked days in learning a lost art⁠—growing your own food. BUILD’s “The Iris” urban agriculture initiative started off as small garden project, a medium to teach young people a new and…

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BUILD Chicago is exceptionally proud to announce that CEO Adam Alonso has been named one of 2019’s 20 Most Inspiring Chicagoans by StreetWise magazine. “Since his arrival at BUILD in March 2015, Adam has catalyzed dramatic growth of BUILD’s programs, community leadership role, and impact. By rapidly developing and launching new initiatives—including the Block 51 Arts Academy, BUILDing…

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We want to thank our friends at Digmattix for generously donating their time, effort, and resources to make BUILD’s community garden even more spectacular. Not only did they help build the garden out, but they made some amazing additions, like a fire pit and brand new benches.    We were honored to have Digmattix on…

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BUILD’s boards of directors have nominated Siobhan Sanders to become the next board chair, and she officially assumed the position on July 1, 2019. Siobhan Sanders has been a member of BUILD’s board of directors since 2012.  Commenting on her appointment, Ms. Sanders said: “I joined the board because of the kids – I have…

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Our third annual Summer of Opportunity festival was a great success as nearly 3,000 people came out to celebrate the Austin community on June 28 and 29. The energy was palpable all weekend thanks to a parade, live music, food trucks, carnival rides, games, basketball tournaments, and of course, an abundance of opportunity.   We…

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