Board of Directors

Leslie Bluhm Founder of Chicago Cares Leslie Bluhm is the founder of Chicago Cares, one of Chicago’s most successful nonprofits, which organizes more than 35,000 volunteer opportunities every year. A University of Chicago Law School graduate, former attorney, and self-described workaholic do-gooder, Bluhm cofounded Chicago Cares twenty years ago after noticing that her colleagues weren’t […]

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Advisory Board

Robert H. Forrester President & CEO Newman’s Own Foundation Bob Forrester has dedicated his career to service to the global philanthropy community. His professional career spans over 40 years in the management of nonprofit organizations, as the founder and CEO of Payne, Forrester & Associates, LLC, a leading international firm providing consulting services in the […]

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Our Story

Our Founders: Kennedy Odede & Jessica Posner Kennedy’s Story In 2004, I started the grassroots movement that became Shining Hope for Communities with twenty-cents and a soccer ball. In my wildest dreams, I could not have believed that Shining Hope would grow into the organization that it is today. Growing up as the oldest of […]

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About Us

Why Our Work Can’t Wait There is a desperate need for organizations like ours. The brutality inflicted on women and girls in much of the world is the paramount human rights issue of this century. However, for every $1 spent on development worldwide girls and women receive less than ¢2. Although the UN estimates that […]

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