Our Recipients

Since 1997, The Renaissance Foundation has coordinated fundraising events and gifted funds directly for the support of underserved and homeless children. Our donations have touched the lives of numerous children, including those who have suffered abuse or neglect; those whose families have sacrificed to serve our country; and those who are homeless or otherwise in need of fundamental assistance.

Walter Payton Foundation

The Walter and Connie Payton Foundation

Chicago, IL

The Walter and Connie Payton Foundation is dedicated to the emotional healing of neglected, abused and underprivileged children. By providing tools and opportunities to build self esteem and encourage a better family unit, it provides Chicago’s children with hope for a brighter future.


Project Backpack

Project Backpack

Kane County, IL

Project Backpack is a community-based initiative led by Elgin Community College. Each year students in need are able to start the new school year with a new backpack filled with necessary school supplies. More than 2,200 back packs were distributed at the Back to School Supply Fair in 2013!


Education Equal Chance Program

Kane County ROE Equal Chance Program

Kane County, IL

The goal of the Equal Chance Program is to assist local school districts in providing outreach to homeless children. As communities continue to struggle in offering employment, housing and economic relief to families in need, the program’s partnership with The Renaissance Foundation ensures that children are remembered during the holidays.


Hesed House

Hesed House

Chicago, IL

Hesed House is a national model for ending homelessness; one person and one family at a time. Its mission is to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless and give people the chance to hope again. Hesed House is the second largest shelter in the State of Illinois and the largest shelter outside the City of Chicago.


Chicago 502/Armed Forces Council of Chicago

Chicago 502/Armed Forces Council of Chicago

Chicago, IL

The Chicago 502 is an organization founded in 2001 to honor and provide support to the families and children of the 101st Airborne Division. Its contributions include providing food and toys for children in need, and wounded and fallen warrior support to the neediest families of the regiment.


721 Club

721 Club

Chicago, IL

The 721 Club is the successor to the Commissioning Committee for the USS Chicago/SSN-721, a fast-attack submarine commissioned in 1986. The 721 Club provides ongoing support and contact with the crew and families of the USS Chicago, including annual contributions for the provision of holiday gifts for the children of SSN-721’s crew.


Two Rivers

Two Rivers Head Start Agency

Chicago, IL

Two Rivers Head Start Agency is a community action agency providing Head Start, Early Head Start and CSBG services for eligible children and families. Head Start is a national program which promotes school readiness to enrolled children, and strives to be an effective advocate for children and families affected by poverty.


Feed My Starving Children

Feed My Starving Children®

Aurora, IL

Feed My Starving Children® is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and the meals are shipped to FMSC’s distribution partners. FMSC meals have reached nearly 70 countries around the world in our history. A single meal costs only 22 cents to produce, and 92 percent of total donations to FMSC go directly toward the food program.


St. Jude's Research Hospital

St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

Memphis, TN

St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. At St. Jude, we believe in giving every child the best chance of a cure. By freely sharing knowledge, technology and research data, we are saving the lives of children both in our clinics, and around the world.


The Dougherty Family College at the University of St. Thomas

The Dougherty Family College at the University of St. Thomas

St. Paul, MN

The Dougherty Family College at the University of St. Thomas offers associate degrees designed to create successful students and provide smooth transitions to four-year colleges. This two-year college program has been created for promising students who wish to obtain four-year college degrees, but face financial, academic and social obstacles on the way to attaining their goals. Dougherty Family College students demonstrate high financial need, solid academic achievement (2.5 GPA or above) and a drive to succeed. They are looking for a structured curriculum which includes leadership development, mentoring and internships.


The Illinois Youth Center

The Illinois Youth Center

St. Charles, IL

The Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles serves a juvenile male population. The Center is committed to preparing youth for successful reintegration into their communities through programming, treatment and services, while providing them safety, security and accountability. Educational opportunities include all classes required for 8th grade and high school graduation, a credit recovery program and tutoring.