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  • On April 11, 2016, the State of Illinois recognized Art Helps Heal NFP as a n0t-for-profit corporation.

  • The U.S. Department of Treasury Internal Revenue Service recognized Art Helps Heal as a tax-exempt 501(c)3 charity and a non-operating foundation in May, 2016.

  • Between June 7 and June 16, 2016, Art Helps Heal conducted a two-part in-patient survey with the cooperation of Lurie Children’s Hospital to test the validity of the organization’s core mission and provide the hospital with some insights pertaining to their in-patient non-medical activities they offer.

  • In October of 2016, Illinois issues a sales tax exemption certificate.

  • The Chicago Teacher's Union Foundation presents a $10,000 grant to Art Helps Heal in furtherance of its mission to provide art supplies and self-directed activity books to long-term hospitalized teens in Chicago.

  • The State Attorney General's Office officially recognizes Art Helps Heal as an Illinois charitable organization in February of 2017 and its official charity launch event was hosted by (and at) the Waldorf Astoria Chicago on February 2, 2017, attended by approximately 35 donors, sponsors and well-wishers

500 Days

  • President Anne Hollenbeck and Secretary/Treasurer Shirley Forpe traveled to New York to present the Art Helps Heal mission to the National Art Educators Association convention on March 5th.

  • At the end of March, Art Helps Heal delivered 50 backpacks filled with art supplies and activity books (and worth in excess of $250 each) to the Lurie Children's Hospital Board. Three board members facilitated a workshop on the activity books with some of the recipients.

  • On July 9, Art Helps Heal held a very successful Summer Fund-raising event at 1040 West Adams Street in Chicago.

  • On August 24th, Art Helps Heal officers made a presentation and backpack distribution at the University of Chicago's Comer Children's Hospital.

ART HELPS HEAL has made incredible progress in only 500 days toward its goal of providing long term hospitalized teens self-directed art activities and quality art supplies to create them.

Any contribution you may be able to donate is much needed and greatly appreciated.

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