Ninety-One Nonprofits Compete to Win $25,000

By Terri Eyden

To thank the Chicago-area community for its support and to celebrate its recent merger, Blackman Kallick Plante Moran launched an online contest ‒ Chicago Community Champions ‒ to help Chicago-area not-for-profit organizations raise their visibility and compete for a $25,000 award.  

"We're eager to continue the positive momentum of our merger and support the Chicago community," said Steve Schneider, managing partner and leader of the newly joined Blackman Kallick Plante Moran offices in downtown Chicago. "We're thrilled to launch this contest to benefit Chicago area not-for-profit organizations, which underscores our commitment to local businesses and the community."
 

Contest Rules

To be eligible, organizations were required to:

  • Possess a valid 501 (c)(3) status over the duration of the contest.
  • Plan to use the funds in the counties of McHenry, Lake, Kane, Dupage, Cook, Kendall, Will, Grundy, and Kankakee. 
  • Use the award to benefit one of the following categories: arts and culture, education, youth development, environment, social services, or community development.
 
Ninety-one nonprofits in the Chicago area completed the self-nomination process. You can see the list of the participating organizations, read their short summaries and mission statements, and learn how they plan to use the award money on the Chicago Community Champions webpage.
 
Voting for the Chicago Community Champion contest takes place in three rounds: 
  1. July 23 – 8:00 a.m. to August 3 at noon CT. The top twenty candidates will advance to the second round.
  2. August 6 – 8:00 a.m. to August 10 at noon CT. Votes do not accumulate from the previous round.
  3. August 13 – 8:00 a.m. to August 17 at noon CT. 
The winner will be announced August 20.
 
Anyone can vote – you don't have to be an area resident. The voting process is easy and takes less than a minute. Cast your vote on the Chicago Community Champions webpage.
 
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Take a look at the generous contributions – of both time and money – made by CPA firms across the country on our Community Service web pages.
 
 

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