CG4 Arts Initiative

Because some youth have more access to a better life.

Help us create more places where anyone can get inspired. Common Grounds is a local family owned business that brews in the direction of freedom. While we have advocated the use of fair-trade products, modern day slavery continues to crush the aspirations of people of color disproportionately. One way we can help is through empowering creative youth, particularly those on the margins of society.

Imagine helping a teen or young adult organize a design studio, start a clothing line, publish a book, perform at a large public venue or record music for a major label. Art has a way of influencing every aspect of community and commercial success. To quote Steve Jobs, "I think the artistry is in having an insight into what one sees around them. Generally putting things together in a way no one else has before and finding a way to express that to other people who don’t have that insight." We need  creative adults who can empower creative youth to contribute into the marketplace of ideas. With your help we can make Dekalb County, IL an example of opportunity, innovation and collaboration? 

Donations will be used to create space for youth empowerment, seed money for startups, coaching and a tuition for supplies and equipment. We believe that together our coffeeshop community can upliftIng people on the margins of society here and around the world. 



  • Shannon Wilde 
    • $15 
    • 1 mo
  • Joshua Grayson 
    • $125 
    • 1 mo
  • Geoff Livengood 
    • $20 
    • 1 mo
  • Diane Watson 
    • $20 
    • 1 mo
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 1 mo
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Jeff Foster 
Dekalb, IL
Resolution Church of Dekalb (Common Grounds) 
Registered nonprofit
Donations are 100% tax deductible.
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