Non-Profit Organizations

  • Action Now -Action Now's mission is to organize working families and strengthen their voices on issues of racial, social and economic justice. Action Now is active on issues that include foreclosure and vacant properties, school improvement, access to health care, living wage jobs, utility costs, immigrant rights, public safety, (both antiviolence and criminal justice reform), and environmental justice.
  • Community Shares of Illinois - Community Shares of Illinois represents a diverse group of charities with a common mission, to make our world a better place. Whatever your passion—women’s issues, protecting children, helping animals, preserving the environment, promoting health care or curbing poverty and disease—Community Shares members provide options for you to help make positive change in your own community.
  • Housing Action Illinois: Employer Assisted Housing - Employer-assisted housing describes any employer-sponsored housing benefit, which could include down payment assistance or rental assistance, home buyer education and counseling, low-interest mortgages, etc. REACH Illinois (Regional Employer Assisted Collaboration for Housing- Illinois) is a statewide incentive package for employers who help their employees find homes closer to work. Please take a few minutes to learn more about this program and how it can benefit your community and your bottom-line
  • Housing Illinois - Housing Illinois is a coalition of housing advocates, civic organizations and financial institutions using researchadvertising, media outreach, and organizing to raise public awareness and encourage civic and political leadership on behalf of affordable housing in communities throughout the Chicago metropolitan region and the state of Illinois
  • Housing Matters - mobilizes individuals who support quality, fair, accessible and affordable housing for people in Illinois and the organizations actively working toward such goals. The action alerts that you will receive will help you stay informed on the most critical housing issues facing our state and give you powerful tools to directly contact decision makers quickly and effectively.
  • Illinois Asset Building Group The Illinois Asset Building Group (IABG) is a diverse statewide coalition invested in building the stability and strength of Illinois communities through increased asset ownership and asset protection.
  • Illinois Fair Housing Initiative - has been developed for the Illinois Association of REALTORS® under the guidance of the Partnership for HomeOwnership Foundation. Fair Housing laws protect the right of each home seeker to equal opportunity in the purchase, sale, rental, leasing, financing, insuring and advertising of housing. This site strives to provide a broad range of information on fair housing laws, as well as other housing information, to real estate professionals, lenders, renters, landlords, home-buyers, sellers, insurers, and appraisers to assure everyone plays by the same rules
  • Lawyers Committee on Better Housing - LCBH believes that all persons have a right to safe, decent, and affordable housing on a non-discriminatory basis.We promote the availability of and access to such housing and support low and moderate-income households in Chicago through legal representation, individual and public advocacy, supportive social services and education.
  • National Community Reinvestment Coalition  -To increase fair & equal access to credit, capital, and banking services/products because discrimination is illegal, unjust and detrimental to the economic growth of underserved communities in the United States and around the world.
  • Over the Rainbow Association - Over the Rainbow Association is an Illinois not-for-profit association dedicated to providing independent living solutions and employment opportunites for individuals with physical disabilities. It was formed in 1974 by a group of Chicago area parents of children with physical disabilities. Some of these children had cerebral palsy, others had muscular dystrophy or were born with spinal cord injuries. All of these children needed a wheelchair for mobility and required some level of assistance to dress and feed themselves.
  • Redfields to Greenfields - The goals of Redfields is to acquire financially distressed properties and convert them into public parks and land bank the parcels for future development.
  • Regional Home Ownership Prevention Initiative Regional HOPI is a network of organizations working collaboratively to address the foreclosure crisis in order to develop and implement more coordinated and robust regional responses. By engaging public, private and non-profit stakeholders, fostering collaboration across sectors and jurisdictional boundaries, and building capacity and galvanizing support across the region, Regional HOPI seeks to exert a collective, measurable impact on the foreclosure crisis in the Chicago metropolitan region.
  • Resources for Community Living - Resources for Community Living (RCL) began as a result of questions from parents of people with disabilities who wondered if shared housing could work for their sons/daughters. An Advisory Council consisting of professionals, parents and others interested in housing for people with disabilities was formed to investigate whether a need existed and if this need could be met using the shared housing concept.
  • South Suburban Housing Center - The South Suburban Housing Center is a regional fair housing advocacy organization serving the south suburbs since 1975.
  • Technical Assistance Collaborative -TAC is committed to supporting the efforts of public managers and purchasers to successfully plan and implement the design, financing, and management of public sector human services for low-income and vulnerable populations. TAC has provided technical assistance and consultation to over 150 county or other local public authorities and more than 35 state behavioral health, human services and/or Medicaid authorities.
  • Woodstock Institute - Woodstock Institute is a leading nonprofit research and policy organization in the areas of fair lending, wealth creation, and financial systems reform.  Woodstock Institute works locally and nationally to create a financial system in which lower-wealth persons and communities of color can safely borrow, save, and build wealth so that they can achieve economic security and community prosperity. Our key tools include: applied research; policy development; coalition building; and technical assistance. Woodstock Institute has been a recognized economic justice leader and bridge-builder between communities and policymakers in this field since it was founded in 1973 near Woodstock, Illinois. Now based in Chicago, we work with community and philanthropic groups, financial institutions, and policymakers. Funded by foundation grants, consulting fees, and charitable donations, we conduct research on financial products and practices, promote effective state and federal policies, convene a coalition of community investment stakeholders working to improve access to credit, and help people use our work to understand the issues and develop and implement solutions.