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Your Next Real Estate Transaction Can Support Changing Worlds

Changing Worlds fosters inclusive communities and promotes cross-cultural understanding through the use of programs in art, writing, oral history, and student education. As a member of Investing In Communities®, Changing Worlds can receive funding as a result of a home sale, home purchase, or commercial lease. Already, $1,000 has been raised through IIC. The more supporters use this free platform, the more resources Changing Worlds will have to nurture and support inclusive communities.

Since its 1996 beginning in Albany Park, Changing Worlds has partnered with parents and school staff to create an oral history and photography exhibit. This has evolved into an ongoing project in classrooms and neighborhoods. 

Ten Thousand Ripples

Ten Thousand Ripples is a collaboration between Changing Worlds and artist Indira Freitas Johnson. Its intense public art display promotes discussions of non-violence and peace with the goal of inspiring interaction and conversation using the “emerging” Buddha statues that can be found in various locations around Chicago. 

Youth Art Programs

Through this program, schools are paired with local art instructors and literacy specialists. Their in-school Arts, Cultural + Literary Connections Program (ACL) combines art and literature to spur new ideas and improve learning for students in 3rd through 8th grades, as part of the schools’ art curricula. 

After School art programs Chicago

Arts+Cultural Connections (ACC) is an opportunity for students to interact outside of school hours through dance, drama, and visual arts. This customizable program is available for children in grades one through eight. This ten week program culminates with the attendance of an artistic or cultural event outside of the school during a field trip. 


Founder Kay Berkson is a documentary photographer who has been working in Chicago for decades. Kay, who holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Chicago, has also worked with children that have special needs along with their families. Kay has also worked for Central American human rights with refugees who are seeking political asylum in the United States. Her involvement with the refugees that wanted to tell their stories led to having an interest in an oral history project. 

Buying, Selling, or Leasing Supports Changing Worlds

At no cost to themselves, anyone who cares about strengthening communities through art and children’s education can turn virtually any brokered real estate transaction into funding for Changing Worlds. For example, the purchase or sale of a $300,000 home can result in about $1,300 of free funding. Support their mission by using IIC’s free platform to make arrangements with an agent you already have in mind. Or use IIC to find and choose among real estate agents that are appropriate for the specifics of your residential or commercial real estate needs. Ready to start?

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Focus Area: Arts and Culture, Education

Budget: $1 million - $5 million

Total IIC Funding:

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As a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization, Changing Worlds is eligible to receive at least 70% of the referral fee when you use Investing In Communities (IIC) to sign up with ANY real estate broker to handle your residential or commercial property transaction. Referral fees are a common expense paid by brokers only to other brokers for much desired referrals. As a licensed broker with a charitable mission, IIC is able to accept referral fees and pass most of those funds to your charity of choice - at no cost to you.
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