As a socially responsible business, we donate 50% of gratuities from public tours to programs and non-profit organizations with like-minded missions. 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 will soon start 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. We have an average of 275 tour guests per month, and their gifts for this initiative usually total around $3,000 per year. The chosen organization’s project will also receive free promotion through our website, press releases, blog, social media and word-of-mouth description given on our tours.
Please check back soon for more details in 2017!
For the scholarship, we will award $8,000 to 2-3 students to use for undergraduate or graduate college tuition, decided on both a merit and need-based basis. These scholarships will be awarded to support students of Chicago history, architecture, tourism, sociology, urban geography and archives. The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of outstanding academic and extracurricular achievement, demonstrated leadership, financial need, and the value of their research in contributing to scholarship of the cultural history or architectural history of Chicago. Deadline for application has been extended to April 1, 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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