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We are looking for a Dean of Internal Affairs to help the Foundation make AWESOME happen while having fun.
About us: Forwarding the interest of awesome in the universe, $1,000 at a time. The Chicago Chapter of the Awesome Foundation gives away $1,000 each month to projects that make people’s day a [...]
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Ready to become our next Dean of Internal Affairs? Great. Here is what we need to get the application process started:
Send your resume and your answers* to the questions below to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What excited you about this position? What (experience) do you hope to gain from being a Dean at the Awesome Foundation? We are [...]
By Jon On September 10, 2013
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Chicago Awesome Foundation trustee and founder of Busy Beaver Button Company Christen Carter took some time to talk with the good folks over at the LoganSquarist about the Awesome Foundation. You can read the interview here.
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The Chicago Awesome Foundation is deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend and fellow trustee, Drew Bradford. Drew was one of the longest-serving AF trustees in Chicago and contributed significantly to the development of the organization, not least through his good humor, contagious enthusiasm, and deep commitment to making the world [...]
We’re pleased to announce Blake Grigsby, DePaul University student from Naperville, IL, as the winner of our May grant and the latest addition to our distinguished list of Awesome Fellows.
His project: build the biggest cardboard box castle EVER! We think that’s pretty awesome in itself–a “classic” Awesome Foundation project in many ways: fun, whimsical, and [...]Read more →
On May 3, 2013 By johnc
Small Projects, Big Impact
Some creative projects require years of planning, large staffs, and extensive fundraising campaigns. Others don’t – but that doesn’t mean that smaller projects are easy to accomplish or that they are any less important.
On March 2, 2013, John Carnwath and Derek Sherman of The Chicago Awesome Foundation sat down with [...]Read more →
On April 17, 2013 By johnc
We thought we’d try something new this month, so instead of picking our winner in the smokey backroom of an undisclosed location like we usually do, we invited six finalists to pitch their project proposals to a live audience and let the crowd decide on the winner. All six of the projects were certainly worthy [...]Read more →
On March 9, 2013 By johnc
The Chicago Awesome Foundation is teaming up with the Next Door Café to bring you the first Awesome Hour of 2013. This a great chance to hear about exciting new projects here in town, meet the awesome folks behind the projects, and help decide who gets $1000 to make their project happen. The event is [...]Read more →
Alexandra Schindler is an intern at the Dunes Learning Center in Northwest Indiana. She mostly leads interpretive hikes and other educational programs about the biodiverse ecology of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore where the learning center is located, but she saw an additional opportunity to make the place she works more awesome. Despite efforts to [...]Read more →
Since we had such a good time at the Creative Chicago Expo last year, spreading the word about the Awesome Foundation and talking to to folks about their Awesome new project ideas, we’re going back for more! In addition to having vendor booth where people can stop by to talk to our trustees anytime between [...]Read more →