Philanthropy

We’ve been in Evanston since 1999 and have been proud to support a variety of community organizations. In the last few years, we’ve focused our philanthropic efforts on three areas: community partners, disability inclusion and entrepreneurship.

Northwestern University’s Dance Marathon

We’ve supported Northwestern University’s Dance Marathon for many years by providing snack break cookies for the NU dancers. In 2017, we donated 1300 cookies to NU’s dancers! NUDM is a student run philanthropy that’s raised a total of over $18 million dollars for its beneficiaries since 1975. Each year there’s a new primary beneficiary and each year, the Evanston Community Foundation is NUDM’s secondary beneficiary. We’re proud to support NUDM and its amazing student philanthropists. To learn more, visit the NUDM website.

Have Dreams 

Have Dreams is an Evanston/Park Ridge autism resource agency. Since 2013, ilovesweets has partnered with Have Dreams to support their workplace training program for young adults with autism. At ilovesweets and other area businesses, participants learn valuable workplace skills and upon successful completion of their internships, program participants are able to seek and secure competitive employment. To learn more about ilovesweets and their workplace training program for young adults with autism, read this Chicago Tribune article. To learn more about their work supporting families and individuals with autism, visit the Have Dreams website.

Entrepreneurship

As a fourth-generation entrepreneur, Jean enjoys mentoring others on their entrepreneurial journey. In late 2016, Jean was inducted into the 2016 Chicagoland Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. Her award was in recognition of her success as an entrepreneur, her mentorship of other entrepreneurs and for the workplace training program for adults with autism she implements at her bakery with Have Dreams, supported by the Coleman Foundation. To learn more, click here. Most recently, ilovesweets has become a member of the Artisan Food Network where Jean hopes to further her work in entrepreneurship and disability inclusion.


Although our focus in on community, disability inclusion and entrepreneurship, we do support a small number of local events through in-kind donations. If you’d like to make a request, please email us at mail@ilovesweets.com.