As a socially responsible business, we donate 50% of gratuities from public tours to Chicago initiatives which support programs and non-profit organizations with like-minded missions. (We bring curious people to explore stories and places locals don’t even know through guided tours of Chicago’s architecture, history and culture.) Each year, our donations support organizations that contribute to the community via education, archives, and/or job training in the fields of history, architecture, urban studies, and the arts.
We are accepting applications from a local non-profit organization to be the next recipient of our Chicago Detours Giving Program. The funds would be given by Chicago Detours to support a specific program, class, or project. Tour guides from our public tours donate half of their gratuities to this fund. The recipient of this gift would receive what we raise over the course of one year, with the possibility to extend for longer. With an average of 275 tour guests per month, the portion of the gratuities that guides give to this initiative usually totals around $4,000 per year. The winning organization would also receive promotion through our website, press releases, blog, social media and word-of-mouth description given on our tours.
DOWNLOAD GRANT APPLICATION HERE. Applications are due December 20, 2017.
For the scholarship, we will award $6,000-10,000 in scholarships to one or two students to use for undergraduate or graduate college tuition, decided on merit, and then we will also consider the basis of need. These scholarships will be awarded to support students of Chicago history, architecture, tourism, sociology, urban geography or archives. The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of outstanding academic and extracurricular achievement, demonstrated leadership, financial need, and the value of their intended research in contributing to scholarship of the cultural history or architectural history of Chicago.
DOWNLOAD SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION HERE. Deadline for scholarship application has been extended to December 10, 2017.
We gave to Archeworks, a Chicago-based multidisciplinary design educator that advances design in the public interest and inspires collaborative action to shape more healthy, sustainable and equitable communities. The gifts to Archeworks supported their “Elemental Mud Workshop Series,” which teach water and soil conservation within our Chicago environment that has many decades of industrial pollution in its ecological system.
We gave to the Rebuilding Exchange, which creates a market for reclaimed building materials. This non-profit organization promotes sustainable deconstruction practices and educates on reuse. We raised funds to improve their workshop facilities, which provide public education via the workshops and also job training to people with barriers to employment.
Through our past Artist Residency Program, Chicago Detours encouraged artistic inquiry into the city of Chicago architecture, history, tourism, landscape, neighborhoods, communities. During the residency we provided office/studio space in our office downtown with easy access to museums, architecture and public transportation to Chicago neighborhoods. This opportunity allows artists to make and show a project (installation, documentary or experimental video, drawings, sculpture, photography, mixed media) that will contribute to their creative and professional development, while helping them connect with new audiences for their work.
We have put this program on pause until we find a better place to exhibit the work and organize the details of the program.
We are happy to help out for fundraisers in Chicago city limits that fall under the umbrella of our mission to share Chicago architecture, history, and culture in creative ways. We have a limited amount of gift cards for walking tours that we give for raffles and silent auctions. Fundraisers we support are in education, the arts, Chicago history, architecture, sustainability, and urban poverty. We do not donate to religious organizations, medical fundraisers, or any other organization that does not connect with what we do with our tours at Chicago Detours.
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