Grateful for grantees

Posted on November 21, 2011


Thanksgiving is a fantastic holiday. Good food, loved ones and an attitude of gratitude. It doesn’t get much better than that.

As I count my blessings this year, I’m grateful for the nonprofits I work with through the Tellabs Foundation. Some of the reasons I give thanks this year include:

Teachers who love what they do and make the classroom a fun place to be. North Central College and ChemWest bring teachers together to do more with hands-on chemistry demonstrations.

Honoring Marines by educating their children, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation gives college scholarships to the sons and daughters of Marines. Forever grateful to the people who serve our country.

Alzheimer’s Association works on behalf of the 5.3 million people in the US who suffer from the debilitating disease, which costs us $301 billion each year. Its dedication to research gives me hope.

Northern Illinois Food Bank and Loaves & Fishes fight hunger, a problem growing so fast in our state that last year 1 in 8 Illinois residents received emergency food. This year both agencies opened new facilities to meet demands.

Kudos to those who put kids first. The DuPage Children’s Museum is planning an exciting new energy exhibit and Educare of West DuPage broke ground for a new center to provide early childhood education for at-risk kids. Both groups create opportunities in education for our community’s youngest members.

Young innovators are tomorrow’s leaders. Through great STEM programs, young people can find guidance, tools and encouragement at The Tech Museum, Dominican University, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, National Science and Technology Education Partnership (NSTEP) Foundation and Illinois Institute of Technology.

Opening a new ReStore outlet, Habitat for Humanity does more than just raise money to build homes. It keeps stuff out of the landfill and provides low-cost items for homeowners. Win. Win. Win.

Understanding the environment motivates us to protect it. From the National Forest Foundation’s restoration at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie to the Tuolumne River Trust’s efforts to educate kids about the water in their tap — cheers to the groups who are saving the planet.

I could go on and on (but it would ruin my acronym). Check out the full list of 2010 Tellabs Foundation grants.

What nonprofits are YOU grateful for this Thanksgiving?