Our Mission

There is no doubt in our mind that giving back is an imperative part of moving forward and making true change as a company. We believe that giving is more than just making donations to meaningful causes. We use our resources and expertise to enhance those organizations whose philanthropic mission is to make the world a better place. We find ourselves most passionate about causes related to affordable housing, community development, refugee resettlement, local and small business acceleration, and supporting our most prolific cultural institutions in the arts and sciences. We wholeheartedly believe in giving a hand-up over a hand-out; this mentality speaks precisely to the way we perceive our philanthropic responsibility at CEDARst Companies.


Uses empty storefronts and vacant commercial spaces in FLATS buildings to support, engage and encourage the artistic spirits of our neighbors.


A small business community accelerator project allows small businesses to compete for vacant storefronts in the neighborhoods of Uptown and Edgewater.


We create opportunity for refugees fleeing war, terror, and persecution to build new lives of safety, dignity, and self-reliance.


Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights helps people living in poverty or danger improve their lives and realize their human rights.


To inspire the inventive genius in everyone by presenting captivating and compelling experiences that are real and educational through world-class exhibits.


Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund assists residents living in poverty by providing secure, safe, sound and affordable housing.