I love Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday because it is celebrated by all Americans, regardless of their backgrounds. While the “thanks” part of Thanksgiving is so meaningful, the “giving” part is equally so.

We give thanks on Thanksgiving, go to the mall on Black Friday, and browse the web on Cyber Monday. Now, we have a day dedicated to giving back. On Giving Tuesday (this year on December 1), nonprofits, families, businesses and students around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

I also wanted to share…my matching gift opportunity.

Many of you know about my passion for The CARA Program, a true social innovator.  I am proud to count Maria Kim, CEO as a member of Vistage 3361. Cara was the only social purpose organization to win the Chicago Innovation Award and for the first time in 2015, Cara was listed in Chicago Magazine’s  “Best 20 Charities in Chicago” .

This year, I have joined with Maria’s fellow Vistage member, Kevin Krak of Gallant Building Solutions, and Jim and Kay Mabie in offering a $20,000 Challenge Grant. We will match every dollar up to $20,000!    Click Here to give today and your gift will go twice as far.

Thank you in advance for joining me on Giving Tuesday with a donation to the Cara Program, or to the social purpose organization of your choice.


If you’ve walked through the doors, you know there’s something special about Cara.  It’s a place where people in need get help so they can find and keep a good job. And it’s so much more.


What does Cara mean to you?


It is a place of hope

and a community full of joy.

Your support brings joy! 

You’ve heard of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and now #Giving Tuesday – the national celebration of giving.  Celebrate with a gift today!
When you give, you’ll help a Cara student build the confidence they need to climb out of poverty and succeed at work and in life.


Here is what your gift can create:

$30 can give a Cara student public transportation for 1 week.

$40 can give 1 full day of training to a Cara student.

$50 can give a Cara student 1 interview ready suit.

$115 can provide a student’s public transportation for 1 month.

$300 can provide 10 employed Cara students with financial coaching.

$600 can provide emergency rental assistance to a Cara student in need.

$1,200 can provide one week of Cara’s signature “Transformations Training” to an entire cohort of 60 students.

$3,000 can cover the cost of a full year of employment retention coaching for a newly employed Cara student to help them find real and lasting success.

Join us for Giving Tuesday
Click Here!

Let’s Transform Lives!

Cara prepares and inspires motivated individuals to break the cycles of homelessness and poverty, transform their lives, strengthen our community, and forge paths to real and lasting success.

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