Big Ideas are back

January 2nd, 2018 3:11 PM

By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

It's that time of the year again when local leaders decide which organization has the "Big Idea" of 2018.

The Big Idea contest is sponsored by the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation's Entrepreneur Leaderships in Philanthropy group. The group has chosen five finalists for its $50,000 grant. A winner will be picked at the group's "pitch party" scheduled for March 7 at Wire, 6815 Roosevelt Rd.

The finalists include:

  • Access to Swimming: Ensures that children learn to swim and gain water safety skills before third grade.
  • Big Box of Play: Provides every child access to multiple spaces where play, creativity and imagination are encouraged and supported through traveling pop-up exhibits.
  • Excellence with Equity: Drives student achievement by engaging and connecting with parents/guardians.
  • From Lawns to Gardens II: Converts local lawns into toxin-free gardens and landscapes.

Suicide Safer Community: Aims to create a community that reduces suicide attempts and prevents incidents of suicide. 


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  • Tom MacMillan from Oak Park (Facebook Verified)

    Posted: January 16th, 2018 9:44 AM

    You left out big tax cut. That is the idea idea people actually want.

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