Together Chicago is a newly established non-profit organization that is trying to facilitate greater collaboration across key players in Chicago such as churches, non-profit organizations, the City of Chicago, the Chicago Public School system, businesses, private equity investors and key leaders in the community. Dillon Kane Group is a leader in incubation and innovation in Chicago and has been a part of the startup of the Together Chicago non-profit.
Non-profit, community-based organizations do important and valuable work across the country to serve and support US Citizens every single day. Ranging from educational programs, creating recreational facilities, establishing food pantries and temporary housing, to medical visit transport services, the organizations who provide these valuable services can improve their efficiency and offering if they better understand the local geographic environment / neighborhood. This support better decisions on how to best deploy and concentrate their efforts. With easily accessible information, these non-profit organizations will have critical information available quickly and efficiently to support not only their day-to-day work, but also to better support their efforts in attracting grant funding for additional needed services.
Last year, a volunteer team working for Dillon Kane Group (a company also heavily involved in civic and philanthropic efforts in Chicago) created Oasis Chicago v1.0 a tool to making some business type data available to all members of the community. To support non-profit organizations throughout the city of Chicago and other key stake holders in the community such as church leaders, committed business leaders and leaders of educational institutions, students on the 2018 project team will, assess end user need, build upon a very basic existing web structure and Android app to deploy a dynamic, intuitive social service mapping application.
Students who successfully match to this project team will be required to sign the following two documents in January 2018: