What's the Big Idea?
Big ideas. Big change. Starting now.
Have you ever said to a friend, neighbor, co-worker or classmate, "What this community really needs is … "?
Are you looking for seed funding to launch your idea for community change?
A giving group established by the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation, Entrepreneur Leaders in Philanthropy (ELP) will award an annual seed grant of $50,000 from the ELP Fund for a transformative idea. Through a competitive process, the aim is to make our community the best place to live, work and grow.
Big Idea online with Laura Maychruk
View the full interview. (4:37 min)
2019 Big Idea Finalists:
It's Our Future
Educate, engage and empower the next generation of sustainability leaders.
Kindness Creators Intergenerational Program
Pair early childhood learning with senior citizen involvement to build relationships and a social/emotional investment in the future of our community.
Bring together people, knowledge, and tools (physical & digital) to spark inspiration, bridge the gap between the desire and the means to create, and build a collaborative, inclusive, community hub.
STEAM Fuel Lab
Reinvigorate STEM to make it so exciting and relevant that students won’t want to quit.
Create access to transformative after-school and summer enrichment opportunities, using a centralized recruitment strategy and application process to connect high-need K-8 Oak Park and River Forest students with available scholarships.
Who's Behind the BIG IDEA?
as of January 17, 2019
- Kent Barnett, ClientLoyalty
- Jamil Bou Saab, Terra Engineering
- Mark Coe, CTI Meeeting Technology
- Greg Coplan and
Benjamin Crane, Coplan & Crane
- Erica Cuneen, Beyond Properties
- Tom Engoren, Seaway Supply Co.
- David Fussichen, Analytics8
- Andy Gagliardo, Gagliardo Realty Associates
- Bill Gee
- Dan Haley and Dawn Ferencak, Wednesday Journal
- Meg and Gil Herman
- Keith Huizinga, on behalf of Kinslahger Brewing Co.
- Timothy Hunnewell, Truegivers
- Ken Hunt, OneSpan
- Tom Irvin, Guggenheim Partners
- Aaron J Lebovitz, PhD
- James Lencioni, Aria Group Architects
- Scott Moller, Moller Family Foundation
- Marty Noll, Community Bank of Oak Park & River Forest
- Robert Pasin, Radio Flyer
- Amy Renzulli, School of Rock Oak Park
- Rowan Richards, Assembilize www.assembilize.com
- Gabriela Rodil, Gabriela Rodil & Co.
- Kristi Ross, dough, inc. | TastyTrade
- Mary Jo and Stephen Schuler, Good Heart, Work Smart Foundation
- Jason Smith and Rachel Weaver, The Book Table
- Pamela Whitehead, P&P Ltd Construction