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Nonprofit Allies

The strong roots of every Green Festival stem from the incredible enthusiasm of the local and regional community, as well as the support of valuable relationships formed with local and regional nonprofit organizations. Green Festival Nonprofit Allies provide an incredible network of volunteerism and funding to socially and environmentally benefit the community. Visit Nonprofit Ally sites today and find out how you can engage to "Pay it Forward" and "Get it Back" in your community.

Chicago Fair Trade

chicago fair trade2 Chicago Fair Trade, with seventy organizational members, is growing the fair trade movement in the metro area. Through increasing consumer demand and access to fair trade products, we contribute to sustaining communities around the world.





Sierra Club - Chicago Group

sierraclub Since founded by John Muir in 1892 , the Sierra Club has been working to protect communities, wild places, and the planet itself. It is the largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States. Sierra Club is divided into chapters and groups, most chapters representing a state and any number of geographic groups within a state. The Illinois Chapter is divided into 15 groups, totaling 20,000+ members. The Chicago Group is the largest with about 7,000+ members and includes not only Chicago, but also surrounding towns and northerm suburbs. Though a member is assigned to a group based on their residential address, members may partake in events in any group within the Chapter or an other Chapter of the Sierra Club.




Family Farmed

familyfarmed FamilyFarmed.org’s mission is to expand the production, marketing and distribution of locally grown and responsibly produced food, in order to enhance the social, economic and environmental health of our communities.



Blacks in Green

BIG BIG™ is a green village-builder, a national network, one of America’s most diverse eco-orgs, and a thought leader in green community education and trade development for communities of color…across 13 economic sectors. It teaches a whole-system solution or the whole-system problems common to black communities everywhere through its platform, The 8 Principles of Green-Village-Building™ and its precursor, Grannynomics.™ Together they offer a culture-specific prescription with universal value.


CCA Academy

cca Academy2 CCA Academy is a small, private, non-denominational high school located in Chicago’s North Lawndale Community. CCA provides non-traditional students, ages 17-21, who have completed eighth grade with a second chance to earn a high school diploma through a rigorous educational program, extracurricular activities, and supportive services that prepare students with the academic, social and life skills to enroll in higher education, vocational training, or seek gainful employment. CCA is licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to grant the high school diploma, is as a Youth Connection Charter School Campus (YCCS), and is a member of the Alternative Schools Network (ASN).


Hostelling International

hostellinginternational Our mission is to promote cultural education, peace and international understanding through travel - offering affordable, safe, quality accommodation to people of all ages, races, religions and nationalities.



Chicago Veg

chicagoveg ChicagoVeg is the largest Chicagoland community for vegetarians, vegans, and raw foodists to socialize and meet like-minded people. We organize a range of fun activities and educational events in the city and the suburbs. We welcome everyone who is interested in a vegan/vegetarian/raw lifestyle for any reason - ethical, environmental, health, or spiritual. We support a nonjudgmental community where everyone can feel welcome to express their opinions, socialize, and have fun! Some of the fun activities include the following: exchanging vegan recipes (raw and not raw), vegan food potlucks, dining out at local vegetarian/vegan/raw restaurants, lectures pertaining to the vegetarian/vegan/raw lifestyle, and outreach events that promote a vegan lifestyle.



Chicago-land Green and Eco-Living

chicagoveg The purpose of Chicago-land Green and Eco-Living is to "Educate, Connect, Inspire" - educate each other and the public about environmental issues; connect like-minded people; foster networking, mutual support; and information exchange. - Inspire eco-conscious and holistic living.



Chicago Conservation Corps

chicago conservation corps The Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) recruits, trains, and supports a network of volunteers who work together to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods and schools through environmental service projects.



Chicago Votes

chicago votes vert Chicago Votes is a civic organization created for and by leaders from the city’s Millennial and Hip Hop Generation, which aims to engage young Chicagoans in the political process.

District 97 Green Team

district 97 green team The mission of Oak Park Elementary School District 97 is to guarantee that each student achieves optimal intellectual growth while developing socially, emotionally, and physically.


Coalition for Justice and Respect

cjr CJR is a coalition of organizations, agencies, social organizations and clubs, governmental initiatives, private initiatives, faith based communities, private initiatives, and individuals that believe in the full human rights and social justice of the Black African-American Lesbians and Gays. CJR is organized to challenge racism and anti-Gay and Lesbian intention and action perpetrated by organizations, governmental initiatives, or private acts that compromise the full human rights of Black African-American Lesbians and Gays. We are a social action workshop and network.


Edible Alchemy

edible alchemy Edible Alchemy is a Local & Sustainable foods co-op & bulk foods buying club based in Chicago. Located in the near-SW Pilsen neighborhood, the co-op has grown to over five locations in just a few years--including Hyde Park, River North, Lakeview, and Logan Square.



Unite Here 1 Local

Local 1 UNITE HERE Local 1 represents approximately 15,000 hospitality workers in the Chicago area. Local 1 members are the heart of Chicago’s hospitality industry, working in area hotels, restaurants, school cafeterias, stadiums, event centers like McCormick Place and Navy Pier, Chicago’s major airports, and casinos in Northwest Indiana. We are a union of housekeepers, cooks, bartenders, bellmen, food and beverage servers, and dishwashers. Local 1′s parent union, UNITE HERE, represents approximately 300,000 hotel, food service, and gaming workers throughout the United States and Canada.


The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

lutheran school The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC)is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).


Organic Consumers Association

OCA MAM The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. We are the only organization in the US focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation's estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers.


Peace Bees

Peace bees vert The idea behind Peace Bees is not to repeat what others have done. There are many great resources on the Internet about honey bees and we support them. Peace Bees is about teaching young and old about the amazing honey bee and helping the community learn how to care for bees and enjoy their own hive products. We are about sustainability, and community.



salsation The primary purposes of Salsation Theatre Company, NFP is the presentation and creation of comedic and other theatrical works which consider the role of Latinos in American society and related topics; and to inspire and educate Latinos and non-Latinos in the use of theatrical and other performing arts as a medium for self-expression.


Sweet Water Foundation

sweet water vert The Sweet Water Foundation 501(c)(3) develops intergenerational and interdisciplinary educational programming for sustainability with a focus on the potential of urban agriculture and aquaculture in the 21st century setting. Centered upon the fundamental concept of turning wastes into a community resource, we address such topics as community and economic development, health/wellness concerns, the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), and environmental awareness and stewardship concerning local and global themes of food, soil, water, and energy. Our multi-faceted approach opens up discussions on the future of cities by allowing the student to think critically about the environment he or she has inherited.


Real Food Real Jobs

real food real jobs Bringing the perspectives of food workers to the discussion about sustainable food. A project of UNITE HERE.


Ten Thousand Ripples

ten thousand ripples TTR is a partnership between artist Indira Johnson and Changing Worlds, the lead organization in a consortium of local community, social service, educational and cultural organizations. Guided by a city-wide advisory council, TTR uses an innovative approach that engages entire communities and brings together people from various sectors in pursuit of transformational, sustainable change.TTR is rooted in the beliefs that art is for the people, that community art should contribute to daily life, and that creating safe forums for residents to talk creates a habit of dialogue and a foundation for trust and mutual understanding. When these elements are in place, communities come together and quality of life is raised. TTR aims to leverage public art as a springboard to build responses and solutions to vital social concerns and to improve neighborhoods.


Columbia College Chicago Fashion Studies Department

university of colombia In response to the success of its Fashion Design and Fashion Business programs, Columbia College Chicago combined the two offerings to create the Fashion Studies program, beginning in Fall 2011. The curriculum offers a pragmatic approach to the many areas of the fashion industries, integrating studies in marketing, fashion merchandising, retailing, and the art of the entrepreneur. Students experience and explore the dynamically creative, real world of fashion design.


Greater Chicago Food Depository

chicago food depository The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank, is a nonprofit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. The Food Depository distributes donated and purchased food through a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to 678,000 adults and children in Cook County every year. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 64 million pounds of nonperishable food and fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 134,800 meals every day.


US Green Building Council - Illinois Chapter

usgbcil The U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter is the local affiliate of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a national non-profit composed of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED® provides a roadmap for measuring and documenting success for every building type and phase of a building lifecycle.


Young Chicago Authors

young chicago authors Young Chicago Authors encourages self-expression and literacy through creative writing, performance and publication. YCA provides student-centered, artist-led workshops free to youth ages 13-19 in schools and communities. Our process emphasizes artistic development, mentorship, and creating safe spaces where a young person's life matters. We believe that through their words, young people can promote tolerance and remove barriers to transform their lives and society.


Amazing Goodwill Donation Center

goodwill amazing web Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin and Metropolitan Chicago is the largest of more than 168 Goodwill organizations in North America. More than 4,000 Goodwill employees work in over 49 locations throughout 23 counties in southeastern Wisconsin and metropolitan Chicago.