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North Shore Exchange Awards $380,000 to Chicagoland Charities

Tracy McKeithen, Executive Director, Family Promise. Margo Koval, Chair, Philanthropy Committee, North Shore Exchange.

GLENCOE, IL — The Board of Directors of North Shore Exchange is proud to announce $380,000 in charitable grants to deserving Chicagoland charities, presented at a reception at Glencoe's Writers Theatre on Monday, September 23. These new grants bring the organization's total giving since its 2013 inception to over $1,880,000.

"We couldn't be prouder to support these worthy charities and reach this exciting new level of giving," said Doug Moss, President, North Shore Exchange. "Our customers, consignors, dedicated volunteers and staff all make our mission possible, and for that, we are truly grateful."

An award-winning, philanthropic resale shop offering upscale and luxury designer women's clothing and accessories as well as a curated collection of home furnishings and décor, North Shore Exchange offers its customers the best in luxury designer resale paired with its mission: to donate 100% of its profits to Chicagoland charities serving children and families at or near the poverty level. 

"North Shore Exchange offers a unique, philanthropically-driven designer resale option in Chicagoland," noted Moss. "Our customers and consignors tell us that our mission of giving back to others in need makes shopping and consigning with us even more appealing, and their loyalty has made it possible for us to grow our charitable impact -- and our footprint -- in the region."

North Shore Exchange recently opened its third retail location at Skokie's Westfield Old Orchard shopping center, in addition to its thriving Glencoe and 900 North Michigan Avenue Chicago locations and its online store. 

Representatives from each charity, along with volunteers, staff and guests gathered at a reception at Glencoe's Writers Theatre Monday evening for an award presentation. 

Margo Koval, outgoing Chair of North Shore Exchange’s Philanthropy Committee, noted, “This year, 15 grants were awarded, along with a Community Grant to Family Service of Glencoe. Each grant is intended to further each organization's important work in the following categories meeting North Shore Exchange’s mission: domestic violence, elderly, healthcare, disabilities, homelessness, hunger, mental health, social services, and legal rights."

North Shore Exchange is proud to support the following organizations with philanthropic grants this year:
CARE FOR REAL: For nearly 50 years, Care for Real has been helping low income families and individuals in the Edgewater, Andersonville, Uptown, West Ridge and Bowmanville neighborhoods. Care for Real provides food, clothing and referral services, engaging the community to help neighbors in need.

: CASA Lake County (Court Appointed Special Advocates) advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the juvenile court system. Trained volunteers work in collaboration with key agencies, legal counsel and community resources to represent children in the protective care system. 

CHICAGO FURNITURE BANK: The Chicago Furniture Bank provides dignity and comfort to Chicagoans moving into unfurnished, supportive housing by allowing them to handpick an entire home’s worth of furnishings. Chicago Furniture Bank furnishes 8 homes a day, all with donated furniture.

CHILDREN’S RESEARCH TRIANGLE: Chicago Research Triangle improves the quality of life for children with developmental, behavioral, psychological or educational challenges by providing mental healthcare to at-risk youth struggling with trauma in Chicago’s underserved communities. 

CONNECTIONS FOR THE HOMELESS: Connections for the Homeless works across the northern suburbs to prevent homelessness, shelter those in crisis and help individuals and families avoid imminent evictions. 

FAMILY PROMISE CHICAGO NORTH: Family Promise provides shelter, meals and supportive services to families in the Evanston-North Shore area who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. They keep families intact and stable while they find affordable housing and secure employment. 

FAMILY SERVICE OF GLENCOE: Family Service of Glencoe promotes a stronger community by serving the individual and family needs of those living or working in Glencoe through counseling services that identify, prevent and resolve mental health issues. 

ILLINOIS FIRE SAFETY ALLIANCE: Dedicated to fire safety, burn prevention and supporting burn survivors, the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance hosts Camp I Am Me to help youth who have suffered significant burn injuries.

LA CASA NORTE: La Casa Norte serves youth and families confronting homelessness by providing access to permanent, transitional and emergency housing options as they work towards long-term stability and self-sufficiency. 

LAKEVIEW PANTRY: Lakeview Pantry has been supporting Chicago’s North Side communities for nearly 50 years by providing food to hungry people, increasing the independence of clients through self-help initiatives and working towards solutions to eliminate hunger and poverty.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS FOOD BANK: Northern Illinois Food Bank works in conjunction with food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, group homes, schools and senior centers in a 13-county area, serving those struggling with hunger.

REFUGEEONE: RefugeeOne is the largest full-service resettlement agency in Chicago, helping refugees fleeing war, terror and persecution to build new lives of safety, dignity and self-reliance. 

SARAH’S CIRCLE: Located in the Uptown neighborhood, Sarah’s Circle is a refuge for women who are homeless or in need of a safe space. They provide housing, case management, clinical and social services to help women rebuild themselves emotionally and physically.

SHARE OUR SPARE: Share Our Spare collects new and gently used items critical to the early years – diapers, wipes, personal care items, clothing and baby gear - and donates them to families living in poverty, allowing families to shift from crisis management to caregiving. 

THE NIGHT MINISTRY: Founded in 1976, The Night Ministry provides housing, healthcare and human connection to thousands of individuals and families struggling with poverty or homelessness. 

WINGS: WINGS is dedicated to providing housing, integrated services and advocacy to end domestic violence. Their two safe houses provide emergency shelter, safety, food and clothing for victims fleeing violent situations.

North Shore Exchange is an award-winning nonprofit with luxury resale boutiques in Glencoe, Chicago and Skokie featuring an edited collection of woman's upscale and luxury designer clothing and accessories, as well as beautiful home furnishings and decor. As a 501 (c)(3), all of the organization’s profits benefit charities and nonprofit organizations helping families and children with the greatest need as well as a community mental health organization, Family Service of Glencoe. Charities interested in applying for a grant should visit North Shore Exchange's website for details on how to apply. Letters of interest due early December, 2019. For more information, visit