Dear friends,

As our fifth year of programming comes to a close, I am proud to continue to lead Allow Good's mission. Together we have celebrated individual connections, community action, and organizational growth. Reflecting on the revolutions that have brought us to this moment, three characteristics of our work resonate deeply: dignity, creativity, and unity.  

  • Dignity | in the sense that we recognize all humans have the capacity to contribute positively to our world

  • Creativity | with the belief that - to unearth untapped solutions to some of our society's most pressing challenges - we give youth the space and confidence to think boldly and invest creatively

  • Unity | recognizing that which unites us as humans - our capacity to seek justice, teach kindness, and generate awareness - are the benevolent qualities that will unite the fabric of individuals in our own communities and our world

In the 2018, we will educate more than 800 youth - the majority in public school classrooms -  in a total of 7,500 learning hours focused on building knowledge, skills, and confidence as engaged citizens and next generation philanthropists.

As we look to the future, may our common humanity remain the grace that binds us. For it is this underlying spirit that invites young minds to be agents of change, cultivating generative conversations and actions for good.

To impact,
Elizabeth Newton
Founder of Allow Good


Over the last 5 years, Allow Good has committed to being nimble and bold. We have expanded, diversified, and modified our programs to better equip rising generations to effect change in their communities. Our School-Based program, which focuses on philanthropy, civic engagement, and global citizenship, continues to expand to more classrooms across Chicago and the Northern Suburbs. Through this program, we equip and empower high school students to take action in their communities. The class culminates with these youth making $1,000 grants to local nonprofit organizations.

School-Based Program

In its second year, our School-Based Program expanded and awarded $17,000 in high school student-directed grants. College students facilitate the 12-week curriculum to engage students in civic engagement through collective philanthropic action. Over the course of the semester, students explored their local community and its social challenges, philanthropic theory, organizational evaluation, and grantmaking processes.


Summer Summit Turns 5!

This year marked our 5th year of Summer Summit. We’ve come a long way since our 3-day, 19 student Global Philanthropy Summit in the summer of 2012. Since then, we have engaged more than 1,600 young changemakers through various programs.

Summer Summit 2017

This 5-day immersive learning experience focused on understanding philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, design-based thinking, civic technology, and corporate social responsibility. At the end of the experience, students created their own social venture projects ranging from traditional nonprofits focused on literacy to social ventures focused on encouraging women in STEM fields.

Custom Programs

Allow Good partners with organizations and schools who are committed to advancing the philanthropic education of their youth. Through our curricular offerings, we offer organizations such as foundations, nonprofits, and schools the opportunity to tailor our suite of programs to enhance their existing academic offerings. Programs are specially designed to engage youth in topics ranging from philanthropy basics to impact-based grantmaking to support foundation values and family goals.



TOTAL Income $144,695, TOTAL Operating Expenses $143,251 || NET Income $1,445