Farther Foundation helps students break free from the constraints of poverty and propels them toward their highest aspirations.

We provide opportunities for eager and deserving students to travel worldwide and interact with individuals who have diverse backgrounds and experiences.

They participate in programs where they are immersed in new cultures, learn and develop skills, provide community service, cultivate leadership potential and attain personal growth.
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Our Mid-year Report is now available

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What’s inside the report?

  • Save-the-date, September 28, for StorySlam: A Benefit for Farther Foundation. Find out who our special guest host and featured storyteller is (Hint: It might be Mark Caro).
  • In our Alumni Spotlight, meet Corbin Sanders. What’s next now that he has graduated from Morehouse College, and how did he get those photos with President Obama and Chance the Rapper?
  • Maria will learn about global health issues in the Dominican Republic this summer. We spotlight Maria as one of 34 deserving students receiving life-changing opportunities to learn and grow this summer.
  • Impact: Why are our students going to college and graduating at a higher rate than their peers?

I hope you enjoy reading about the success of our students and our organization. You can make a life-changing opportunity possible for a deserving student with a donation today.

StorySlam: A Benefit for Farther Foundation

Thursday September 28, 2017 
7:00 – 10:00pm

Fitzgerald’s Nightclub
6615 Roosevelt Rd.
Berwyn, IL  60402

Registration is available now! Click Here.

Enjoy food, drink and the company of friends while hearing stories of
adventure, mishap and discovery told by consummate storytellers.
Tickets start at $60 and include admission, food and entertainment!

Our host and featured storyteller:

Mark CaroMark Caro is author of the award-winning nonfiction book The Foie Gras Wars and co-author of the new Take It To the Bridge: Unlocking the Great Songs Inside of You. After covering film, food, music and news for the Chicago Tribune over more than 26 years, he currently writes about entertainment and culture for The New York Times and other outlets, is a regular guest host on WGN Radio, and created and hosts the popular “Is It Still Funny?” film series at the Music Box Theatre.



Lanford2 smJon Langford is a Welsh-born, Chicago-based singer/songwriter, bandleader, producer, painter, playwright and poet. Best known for his work in the The Mekons and the Waco Brothers, he is also the guiding force in the Pine Valley Cosmonauts, the Skull Orchard and Wee Hairy Beasties. His visual art includes paintings, comic strips, book and music cover art and more. As his friends at Bloodshot Records say, “At any given time, he might have a few other irons in the fire, or plates in the air, or pies in the oven, or cubes in the tray. It tires us just trying to keep up.”




Eig PhotoJonathan Eig is a former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, where he remains a contributing writer. Eig has also written for The New York TimesThe New Yorker, The Washington Post, and Slate.com, among others. Ken Burns calls Jonathan Eig a "master storyteller." Eig is the author of five books, two of them New York Times best sellers.Eig has taught writing at Columbia College Chicago and Northwestern. He has spoken to audiences at the Library of Congress, the National Archives, Harvard Medical School, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. His first book, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig, won the Casey Award for best baseball book of the year. Eig has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and in two Ken Burns documentaries: Prohibition and Jackie Robinson. He is currently working with Burns and Florentine Films in making a documentary on Muhammad Ali. His book about the birth-control pill is in development for a mini-series on National Geographic Channel.



Karen Stein PhotoKaren Stein is a freelance writer and the founder and creative director of Here:Say Storytelling, a live storytelling event held each month in Traverse City, MI. As someone who tells her most humbling stories to anyone who will listen and believes that everyone has a story to tell, Karen began Here:Say to open up a community space where people are encouraged to perform their own stories and listen to each other’s. She has appeared on stage at the Dennos Museum and Interlochen Center for the Arts.







Freda Love SmithFreda Love Smith is a lecturer in the School of Communication at Northwestern University. Her book Red Velvet Underground: A rock memoir, with recipes, came out in 2015. She plays drums in bands including Sunshine Boys, The Mysteries of Life, and Blake Babies. Her short stories have appeared in journals such as The North American ReviewSmokelong, and Riptide, and she writes about food and music for publications including Paste Magazine and Talkhouse. 







Be sure to take a chance in our raffle including prizes from our friends at Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants, Shakespeare Theatre, REI, Oak Park Tennis & Fitness Centre, City Winery, Chicago Wolves, Black Dog Gelato, Stella & Dot, Disney, Music Box Theatre, and more.

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