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6 Illinois nonprofits make list of top fundraising charities

The Chronicle of Philanthropy wanted to identify organizations that "most successfully earn direct financial support from individuals, foundations, and corporations."

The most notable organization of locally-based nonprofits that made list of top fundraising charities was the Obama Foundation, which brought in $233 million in fundraising in 2017. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

Six Illinois-based nonprofit organizations made an appearance on the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s list of fundraising charities.

The YMCA of the USA was the first Illinois-based organization at No. 11, raising $698 million in 2017. The most notable organization of locally-based nonprofits was the Obama Foundation at No. 82, which brought in $233 million in fundraising in 2017.

Others Illinois nonprofits on the list were:

No. 36 -University of Chicago, raised $479 million.

No. 51 – Northwestern University, raised $344 million.

No. 65 – The Rotary Foundation raised $292 million.

No. 69 – Alzheimer’s Association, raised $279 million.

The Chronicle wanted to identify organizations that “most successfully earn direct financial support from individuals, foundations, and corporations.”

The United Way topped the overall list with $3.2 billion.