Holiday Shopping to Support CROSO!

As we approach the holiday season we are reminded of how grateful we are for supporters like you. As a part of this holiday season we encourage you to support CROSO in a few different ways. You can support our scholars by completing your holiday shopping online at, or at our Ten Thousand Villages shopping night, or by simply donating to CROSO in honor of a loved one. See the information below on how to make any of these possible.

Ten Thousand Villages Shopping Night:
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Now when you shop online at Amazon, a percentage of your purchase can go to CROSO! Simply go to and start shopping!


Donate in Honor of a Loved One

Please use our PayPal “Donate” button (on the right side of this website if you’re using a computer, on the bottom if you’re using a cell phone). Donations of all sizes are welcome! To support a scholar for one full year (including tuition, books, housing and meals) costs $2,000.

Thank you and happy holidays!

A wonderfully successful annual benefit!

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We would like to say THANK YOU to all of our supporters for a successful annual benefit. On July 23rd, over 100 people joined us at Monastero’s Ristorante in Chicago to celebrate the accomplishments of our scholars and organization. This year we raised over $30,000!! Thank you to all who attended the event and participated in the paddle raise or raffle! Your continued support helps us to ensure scholarships to former street children in their pursuit of higher education in Uganda.

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We are especially grateful to our event sponsors (both individual and corporate) who so generously supported CROSO in covering the evening’s costs. Also, a big thank you to Monastero’s for offering beautiful space and quality service. What an amazing evening! If you missed the event, but would still like to donate, feel free to use the “Donate” button on the right.

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Check out the photo album below that we posted to our Facebook page. Feel free to tag yourself in the photos and be sure to “like” CROSO’s Facebook page while you’re there!

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Complete your purchase by clicking the “Donate” button on the right side of the screen.


Thank you and we look forward to being with you on July 23rd!

Brains and Beer Trivia Night- July 1st!

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CROSO is teaming up with local Chicago non-profit, Taller de Jose, to host our first ever trivia night! 

Time to brush up on your current events and recruit your smartest friends for Taller de José’s “Brains and Beer” trivia night on July 1st!
Ticket includes beer, wine, snacks, trivia with comedian Mark Nabong, and prizes for the winning teams. Buy your tickets in advance to save $5!

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Tickets can be purchased here!

Questions? Email

District 219’s Dance Marathon raises funds for CROSO!

DSC_2886Last year, CROSO was chosen by School District 219 (Niles North and Niles West High Schools) as the recipient of their Dance Marathon funds that were going to be raised throughout the 2013-2014 school year.

On Saturday May 17th, CROSO experienced the culmination of the students’ efforts at the dance marathon, where hundreds of students danced for over 7 hours!  Throughout the school year, students heard many presentations from various CROSO board members about our work and the students we support.  Many of the high school students also communicated back and forth via e-mail with our scholars, sharing stories about their families,friends, choosing to go to college and the many challenges that presents. In response, these high school students spent the school year raising funds to support us!

DSC_2853We heard stories of students waking up at 6am on a day off of school to go to Dunkin’ Donuts and stand outside asking for spare change that ultimately supported CROSO.  They held a 5K, bake sale, car wash, solicited corporate donations and so much more!

CROSO is forever thankful to the students and club sponsors of District 219’s Dance Marathon.    At the end of the night, around midnight, the total amount raised was revealed to us.  The students raised $72,193.14!  This summer, CROSO will receive a check for 85-90% of those funds!  We are excited for the opportunity this presents us with to grow and strategically set ourselves up for many more years of providing scholarships to former street children in Uganda.  

For more pictures of this awesome event, check out our Facebook album!

Thank you to all the board members who were present on Saturday night and who went to visit the high schools throughout the year to spread the word about CROSO!  Thank you to the dedication of all the students who tirelessly raised money all year and organized such a fantastic event! We truly were so impressed!