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.