I have pledged to continue supporting the community that has given back to me many times over. I volunteer for various North Shore village events and am proud to be associated with such organizations as the Glencoe Chamber of Commerce, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association and Josselyn Center for Mental Health.

Below are various ways and sources to contribute to the North Shore community, marking the end of a year and/or the beginning of a new:

1. Find a cause that speaks to you- Emily Marshall, President of Junior League of Evanston-North Shore suggests to start by donating to causes to which you have personal connections—an issue that affected a loved one or an organization that helped them/you in the past. You will find plenty of groups that focus on everything from homelessness to the environment to women’s equality, working right here on Chicago’s North Shore. Marshall reminds donors not to forget smaller community organizations. “Since 2008, the changes in economy have impacted smaller non-profits, which rely heavily on individual donations,” Marshall says. Small organizations usually don’t have big budgets to create a brand image like a large not-for-profits such as Red Cross, but many are doing meaningful work right in our own backyard. For a comprehensive listing of local non-profits, Marshall recommends The Volunteer Center.

2. Do a little charity due diligence- Treat your charitable contributions like your investment portfolio. That means that once you identify not-for-profits you want to help, you should research them. Begin by checking organizations’ websites, then research them on sites like CharityWatch.org and CharityNavigator.org, watchdog groups that evaluate non-profits’ on metrics like financial health, leadership and program effectiveness.

3. Roll up your sleeves- The best way to make sure your money is being put to good use is to become actively involved with the organization(s) you’ve selected. Match your dollars with some sweat equity. Volunteer, join the board of directors, or consider donating your professional “know-how” like legal or accounting services on a pro bono basis.

4. Don’t forget Coldwell Banker– Some may only associate our local Glencoe Coldwell Banker office with North Shore homes for sale, North Shore homes for rent, North Shore real estate or the latest housing report, analysis, data list or high-ranking performance award; but we are also a contributor to several charitable foundations that include places like Ronald McDonald House. Below is a list of other charities we help to raise funds for to provide financial assistance to housing-related causes that directly benefit the needs of the people and communities we are privileged to serve:

COLDWELL BANKER CHARITY LIST

The Glencoe-North Shore Coldwell Banker office can be found at 640 Vernon Ave, Glencoe, Illinois nestled within the town’s downtown area. We serve Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka, Highland Park, Kenilworth, Northbrook, Deerfield, Northfield, Lincolnshire, Buffalo Grove, Glenview and Skokie communities.  Feel free to stop by.  MORE INFO HERE

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