ALL JOKES ASIDE’s charitable efforts began in 1993 with “Education Is No Joke”, which provided scholarships to Chicago Public School students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The successful program ran until All Jokes Aside closed its doors.
THE NEW VISION: Annually, beginning in Chicago in 2018, we will get a whole bunch of much-loved comedians to make the public laugh while raising money and awareness to assist organizations that excel and helping people who are in desperate need. Inspired by organizations like Global Citizen, BET’s Black Girls Rock, Chime For Change, and Red Nose Day, we have a particular interest in programs that expose, educate, and empower boys and young men of color. Profits from the event(s) will benefit The FUND.
The FUND is a donor advised fund, a charitable giving vehicle that allows you to make a contribution and be eligible for an immediate tax deduction. The FUND will identify the most innovative game-changing organizations, enterprises that are working hard to deal with some of the most challenging issues in America – such as youth unemployment, gun violence and homelessness. We will then rigorously evaluate these potential grantees based on a performance analysis, social return on investment and fit with ALL JOKES ASIDE’S overall mission.