ALL JOKES ASIDE’s charitable efforts began in 1993 with “Education Is No Joke”, which provided scholarships to Chicago Public School students attending HBCU’s. The successful program raised thousands of dollars and provided dozens of scholarship to deserving CPS students. The program ran until All Jokes Aside closed its doors in 1998.

THE NEW VISION: Stand Up 4 Social Change. Annually, beginning in Chicago in 2017, 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 will identify the most innovative game-changing organizations and rigorously evaluate these potential grantees based on a performance analysis, social return on investment and fit with ALL JOKES ASIDE’S overall mission.