Elevating Youth Voices

Amplify the voices of Chicago youth and empower the next generation of leaders of our city and world!

A fundraising campaign for Bright Promises Foundation

Empowering youth begins with one gift, yours. 
Give Kids a Voice. Give Kids a Chance.


You can make a positive impact in the lives of thousands of young people. Through a full-year of special events and programs, the Elevating Youth Voices initiative supports local Metropolitan Chicago youth who are taking the lead to improve their communities, addressing issues like gun violence, youth homelessness, justice reform, and youth mental health.


You can break down the negative stereotypes about our youth. When you give, you are raising up the voices of thousands of smart, engaged, and creative young people, helping them make our communities stronger and safer. 


You can uplift youth in communities across Metropolitan Chicago
Your donation impacts youth at 24 organizations and 100% of  every dollar you give will be used to empower young people in Metropolitan Chicago to speak up and take action.


Raise money. Win prizes. Do good.

When you give...

  • You will get a personalized shout-out on Bright Promises' social media.
  • Your name will be listed on the big screen at the Elevating Youth Voices Fair in June and the 150th Anniversary Awards celebration in October.
  • You will be entered into our 150th anniversary donor appreciation raffle to win awesome prizes like museum passes and $100+ gift certificates to Downtown hot spots
  • When you make a gift of $150 or more, you will be recognized as a Champion of Youth Voices on stage at the 150th Anniversary Awards celebration on October 15.
  • Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers, including prizes for the person that raises the most money, the person that has the largest number of donors, and the person with the most shares on social media.

Start Fundraising and Make an Even Bigger Impact!

At the top of this page there is a button that says "Start Fundraising". Click on this button to quickly and easily set up your fundraising profile.

You can set your own goal and you will be provided with a digital fundraising toolkit and ongoing support from Bright Promises staff to help you reach your fundraising goal!


Don't want to fundraise? No problem! You can make your tax-deductible donation of any amount using the buttons above.

If we reach our goal, the Elevating Youth Voices crowdfunding campaign will fully fund one $10,000 Elevating Youth Voices grant, which will be presented at the 150th Anniversary Awards celebration on October 15.



A Special Invitation + Elevating Youth Voices Crowdfunding Update

May 21, 2019

Dear Friends,

We are excited to share that thanks to your generous support, less than a week after publically launching the Elevating Youth Voices Crowdfunding Campaign, we are already 15% of the way to our goal! Thanks to you, we are on our way to raising $10,000 to invest in the next generation of our city and our world.

Thank you so much for believing in the bright promise in every young person, and for making your gift to support youth leaders from across Metropolitan Chicago.

We invite to come and meet the young people who are impacted by your generous donation at the Elevating Youth Voices Fair on Saturday, June 1 from 12p-3p at the Columbia College Conaway Center in the South Loop (1104 S. Wabash). This event is free, family-friendly, and you can drop in at any time during the event to check out interactive displays from 24 organizations and a variety of youth performances on the main stage. I hope you can join us!

Thank you again for your support. We look forward to sharing more updates with you soon.

With gratitude,
Katherine Dreher Korey
Director of Development and Marketing
Bright Promises Foundation


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About the Organization

Bright Promises Foundation

Our mission is to create opportunities for all children, no matter their background, circumstance, or zip code, to have the opportunity to reach their full promise and potential.

We accomplish this by making multi-year grants and providing hands-on capacity-building assistance to organizations serving low-income children in Metropolitan Chicago. In addition to directly supporting work, we conduct rigorous evaluation and share knowledge among our partners and with the broader community including service providers, policymakers, and the public.

For more information and to get involved, please visit www.brightpromises.org