NUDM Explained: Beneficiaries
Since its start, NUDM has raised over $19 million for 35 different beneficiaries. In each of the past seven years, we’ve raised more than $1 million. But where does that money go?
As we kick off our Winter Quarter fundraising, learn more about the primary and secondary beneficiaries for NUDM 2019:
Primary Beneficiary: Communities in Schools of Chicago (CIS)
What is Communities in Schools of Chicago?
Communities in Schools of Chicago (CIS) is a nonprofit organization that works to ensure that each and every public school student in Chicago graduates high school prepared for success.
What is their goal?
CIS is working to end the dropout crisis in the city of Chicago. Based on current trends, over 20 percent of the 26,500 incoming ninth graders in Chicago Public Schools will not graduate. CIS believes that dropping out of school is a continuous process, not a single event— and so they strive to connect students to mentors and resources to end that process.
How does CIS provide support to CPS students?
CiS staff supports Chicago Public School students in different ways:
- Individual support: Through case management and one-on-one sessions with mentors, CIS provides at-risk students with a personal support network. This is headed by Student Support Managers, trained professionals who work full-time in these schools and manage about 40 students.
- Whole-school support: CIS creates a number of programs to benefit entire schools and give each and every student support, regardless of risk level. Whole-school support for CIS implements programs in four core areas: the arts, health and wellness, college/career readiness and behavioral/mental health.
Secondary Beneficiary: Evanston Community Foundation (ECF)
What is the Evanston Community Foundation?
The Evanston Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works to strengthen the city of Evanston and its surrounding areas.
How does ECF provide support to the city of Evanston?
The ECF connects with individuals, families and organizations that they’ve identified are deserving of financial grants. Through those grants, ECF serves as a resource to local nonprofits with the goal of making a positive impact on Evanston.
What kinds of areas does ECF benefit?
ECF focuses on health, education, environment, community development, arts and culture, and basic human needs. From Evanston Township High School to Young Evanston Artists, ECF provides a wide reach of support throughout the entire city.
This is NUDM’s 22nd year partnering with ECF as our secondary beneficiary. As Northwestern students, we’re so grateful for the Evanston community and know we wouldn’t be where we are without Evanston’s support. So, NUDM strives to give back to the community we call home through our partnership with ECF!
NUDM loves both of our beneficiaries, and we cannot wait to give back to causes that mean so much to us. Keep raising money, NUDM participants!