Building Stronger Communities
by Investing in Creative Youth and Active, Innovative Open Spaces
The Foundation is inspired by Helen Doria who lost her battle with Liver Disease on December 23, 2012. Helen made it her life work to encourage and promote strong communities through cultural programs, park spaces and the performing arts in the City of Chicago. Her work was infused with a rich community engagement process that made sure neighbors would see themselves in the final product. Helen’s community service career included positions with the Chicago Department of Special Events, the Chicago Park District, Chicago’s Millennium Park (where Helen was the first Executive Director) and as a lead consultant for The 606 (including its centerpiece, The Bloomingdale Trail). In all her work, Helen’s vision was for residents of all ages and ethnicities to enjoy the arts, culture and open spaces, as well as the programs they had to offer.
Helen also had a personal cause of supporting young people and helping them pursue their dreams though education, innovative public spaces, and cultural & performing arts programs.
Helen’s family and friends created the Helen Doria Foundation to continue her legacy. Together, we will strive to make our communities stronger with creative and innovative arts, culture & open spaces, with a special focus on improving the lives of young people—just as Helen tried to do every day.
THE HELEN DORIA FOUNDATION IS A 501 (C)(3) CHARITY AND ALL DONATIONS ARE FULLY TAX DEDUCTIBLE.