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Posted by Meredith Puleio DuBoff on August 8, 2015

Workshops Powered by Corps Members

Ideaction Corps is 40 Corps Members strong. Our collective of freelancers, agencies, and firms stands ready to serve you on your next social impact initiative, whether it's helping you design and launch a new program, stepping in to create and implement a marketing strategy to help your organization grow, coaching your leadership team through a time of transition, or supporting you in producing your next big fundraising event. The projects we partner with you on go far beyond this - we love activating those big, bold initiatives dripping with ambition, as well as the engagements that teach you a new skill to help you achieve your goals faster.

Today we’re launching something new -- Ideaction University -- to deliver Corps Member talents to you in accessible, high-impact formats.


STORIES MATTER: A Workshop Powered by StoryStudio Chicago

Good stories can compel us to action.

Communicating to your funders, clients, supporters and stakeholders is about more than just asking for money or help. It means finding and telling the right stories to engage your audience and keep them emotionally connected. Good stories well told are the secret to compelling an audience to action.

StoryStudio Chicago's hands-on workshop introduces the elements of written and spoken stories and how to apply these narratives across different communications channels and to different audiences.


  • Four-hour, interactive session
  • Up to 30 participants
  • Services provided onsite or at StoryStudio
  • One instructor
  • Participants will bring a project to work on during class
  • Course materials, original exercises, and additional resources online
  • Per person fee of $350, minimum of 10 participants


To sign up your group for a STORIES MATTER WORKSHOP, or to inquire for more information, contact Meredith Puleio DuBoff at


We're working away on other Ideaction University offerings, including workshops with the Design for Good community, and a skills-sharing session on lessons for nonprofits from political fundraising. Watch this space for future opportunities! 


Ideaction Corps is a collaborative of accomplished agencies and freelancers working together for the common good. Our mission is to align people and organizations trying to make the world better with the people and partners they need to help them do it.

StoryStudio Chicago teaches the Art and Science of crafting stories for business. We guide each communicator to master his or her own efficient process for developing persuasive messages that tell an effective business story. Reluctant writers become confident storytellers when they discover our practical techniques for organizing ideas and engaging an audience.


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Social Impact Activities in Chicago for Every Type of Person

Posted by Hailey Oliff on June 14, 2015

With summer budding around us in Chicago, there’s no better way to embrace the warm spirits than getting out in your community and giving back. From the artist to the entrepreneur, there are opportunities for just about anyone to volunteer and learn aimed at generating a greater good. Whatever your interests, we have found a fun volunteer event for you >

For the Athlete:

Run a race for a cause. If you are interested in running for a cure, there is the Dash for Down Syndrome, Miles for Melanoma, and Strike Out ALS. If you are interested in improving our communities, there is the Trot Against Trafficking, the Pride 5K, the RUN! To End Homelessness, and the Run for Diversity. > More details and listings

For the Entrepreneur:

Attend Impact Hour on June 25th. Hosted by the Chicago’s Chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance, this interactive event allows students and individuals to meet and mingle with social entrepreneurs, tap the knowledge of people who have already successfully penetrated the field, and learn about the social business from those who know it best. Lauren Dillon, Founder/Collaborator at Triad Resource Group, is the special guest at the event. > Buy tickets

For the Conversationalist:

Join Real Talk, a current-events discussion hosted by St. Leonard’s Ministries, an agency that provides residential and supportive services to individuals leaving the Illinois prison system. Residents of the facility will be participating in the discussion allowing you to hear about their unique experience as well as giving them a space to re-acclimate to society and build important communication skills by talking to volunteers. > Check it out

For the Artist:

Get your hands dirty! For those of you who believe a canvas is just too small, check out City Mosaics. Almost every Thursday of the summer, volunteers help to install mosaics using a variety of styles and materials. Bonus - no prior experience necessary. Participation in this public arts project supports the Green Star Movement, while beautifying communities and neighborhoods across the city. > More information

For the Outdoorsman:

Bike at night with Friends of the Park. Friends of the Park is a nonprofit that works to preserve, protect, improve, and promote the use of parks and open spaces throughout Chicago. On June 27th, Friends of the Park will host their wildly popular L.A.T.E. Ride, a fun recreational bike ride. This years theme is “Light Up the Night” - participants are encouraged to wear nightglow apparel and light-up trimmings. > Register here

For the Foodies:

Volunteer at the Lakeview Pantry, one of Chicago’s largest and longest-operating food pantries. The Lakeview Pantry has a slew of volunteer opportunities either for individual or groups. You can help out on site at their Broadway or Oakdale locations or with their Home Delivery Program. > More details

For the Old Souls:

Play Bingo with seniors at Imperial Nursing Home on Thursday nights. Help build community among seniors by socializing and playing this timeless game on Just for Starters Imperial Bingo nights. This service provides fun and companionship for elderly who may otherwise have limited opportunities for social interaction. > Sign up

For Just About Everyone:

On June 27th, take part in Chicago Cares’ 22nd Annual Serve-a-Thon along with over 5,000 volunteers across the Chicagoland area. This day - Chicago’s single largest day of service - is about taking action, connecting with people, meeting critical needs, learning from each other, and giving back to this amazing city! You can participate with your company, a group of old friends, or even join up with some new ones to help transform public schools into better learning environments for thousands of school children. > Sign up by June 18th!


Hailey is a student at Washington University in St. Louis, working with Ideaction Corps this summer to expand her knowledge and lend her talents to organizations making a difference.

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Marking Fifth Anniversary of the Earthquake In Haiti: Progress and Hope

Posted by Kelly O'Brien on January 12, 2015

"Put your foot - wear it makes a difference"

On my trip through South America, I walked A LOT. I put to rest two pairs of flip flops -- but my favorite pair stood the test of time and miles. My sandals from Rebuild Globally never wavered, still look great and are incredibly comfortable. I remember thinking, I really need to send Julie (CEO of REBUILD) a note telling her how awesome these sandals are.

Well, as serendipity would have it, on the last week of my trip, I received an email from her to me asking if IDEACTION CORPS would help them get the word out about their new for-profit social enterprise and their partnership with Kenneth Cole - which launched today on the 5th anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti.

Deux Mains Designs employs Haitian craftsmen and women to make high-quality sandals from upcycled tires, paying a living wage that has enabled all of Deux Mains employees to move into safe and secure housing, send their children to school without outside aid, and have medical insurance for themselves and their families. Three of the Haitian management staff has ownership in the newly registered Haitian business. The affiliate nonprofit, Rebuild, provides apprenticeship opportunities for vulnerable youth.

Ideaction Corps could not be more proud and more thrilled to work with Julie Colombino and Deux Mains.

On this, the the 5th anniversary of the catastrophic quake that hit ‪#‎Haiti‬, consider purchasing a pair of sandals. You'll get a great pair of shoes. But you will also be directly supporting employment for Haitian artisans, school for their kids, and housing for their families.

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Kelly O'Brien is the President and Founder of Ideaction Corps, a full service social change agency whose clients include companies and causes doing good. She's passionate about helping people and organizations find the path to work with purpose, big ideas and infecting grace. She can be reached at @kellymobrien or @ideactioncorps on Twitter, or via the Ideaction Corps website.

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