Highland Park, IL
GuideStar Charity Check


EIN: 92-2980801


Arts4Impact empowers boots-on-the-ground creatives to spark dynamic, authentic, non-partisan, exclusively positive activations that drive systemic change. We amplify progressive causes that create community, strengthen democracy, and uplift the human spirit.

Notes from the nonprofit

OUR APPROACH Our work is built on a simple principle: The most interesting, most effective, and most powerful civic expressions have local creatives at their core -- their vision, talents, connections, hopes, and dreams. It is the through-line in every activation we spark. Through grassroots arts-activism, we help progressive organizations drive impact by making the invisible, visible. Wherever we drop, our team grows deep roots, connecting impactful nonprofits doing the work with talented, artists and musicians on the ground. Together, we grow big, bold, interactive expressions that create awareness, rally stakeholders, and ignite positive change. Together, we amplify progressive causes that create community, strengthen democracy, and uplift the human spirit. Join us!

Ruling year info


Principal Officer

Jacqueline von Edelberg

Main address

1043 Ridgewood Dr

Highland Park, IL 60035 USA

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Subject area info

Arts and culture

Climate change

Art and music therapy

Gun control

Public policy

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Population served info

Children and youth

Young adults

LGBTQ people

Women and girls

Immigrants and migrants

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NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.


Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Imagine if local artists and musicians were empowered to become agents of change. What if they could energize movements at just the right inflection point? The impact on our communities and our country would be game-changing. Across the progressive ecosystem, theres a massive disconnect between the organization and strategists doing the work and the local creatives who want to help. Its a miss for both sides: Local artists lack the resources, opportunities, and calls to action that would make their work more impactful; Nonprofits miss out on the authenticity, creativity, and vast community networks local artists could bring to a cause.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Arts Memorials

Temporary Arts Memorials to Support Communities After Mass Shootings

In 2022, the US suffered 647 mass shootings, the second-highest year on record. The resulting 647 ad-hoc civic expressions candles, flowers, signs, teddy bears, and artifacts left by well-meaning national organizations are the signs and symbols that inform our communities and shape our national consciousness.

With intentionality, the temporary memorial can offer so much more than a passive backdrop for spontaneous communal grief.

With an invitation from the local community, Arts4Impact provides strategic guidance, hands-on facilitators, and digital support to spark trauma-informed, grassroots, collaborative arts memorials that foster hope, build resilience, and drive systemic change.

Population(s) Served
Widows and widowers

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

The Illinois Alliance to Prevent Gun Violence 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Hours of expertise provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Arts Memorials

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Arts4Impact is a recently formed nonprofit that builds on two decades of social practice arts activism. We empower boots-on-the-ground creatives to spark dynamic, authentic, non-partisan, exclusively positive activations that drive systemic change. We amplify progressive causes that create community, strengthen democracy, and uplift the human spirit.

In 2024, We aim to:

Move the needle in this critical election cycle.
Facilitate rapid-response, therapeutic Arts Memorials for mass shootings on a national scale.

We come to projects with fearless creativity, intellectual rigor, global perspective, and high emotional IQ. Our expertise spans all touch-points of digital and real-world execution marrying storytelling, nonprofit strategy, and social practice art-activism.

Collectively, we have deep connections to a vast network of progressive artists, musicians, activists, and thought leaders from across the United States and beyond.

Were humbled to be recognized for our work building coalitions, social movements, and artistic happenings that drive civic engagement and create systemic change.

We've mounted high-impact activations across the country to support women's rights, climate change, immigration, LGBTQ rights, gun violence, and voting. Big wins on the GOTV front include our live art and music activation for the 1st Senate run-off in GA. The work was featured in the Season 6 premiere of The Circus and Rev. Warnock's Instagram night-before-election feed and helped deliver 24K votes. For the 2nd Runoff, we provided the backdrop for Souls to the Polls with Martin Luther King III and Andrew Young.

On the GVP front, we've sparked Arts Memorials responding to mass shootings in Highland Park and Nashville. It builds on our traveling piece ENOUGH, 30K orange fabric strips representing all the children killed by gun violence since Sandy Hook. The work has been featured nationwide, including 3 installations on the United States Capitol lawn.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback



Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2023

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Contributions, Grants, Gifts $1,000
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $3,000
Program Services $2,500
Administration $1,000
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $4,500


Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2023

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Total Assets $250
Total Liabilities $0
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $250


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Jacqueline von Edelberg

There are no officers, directors or key employees recorded for this organization

There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.


Board of directors
as of 02/04/2024
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Board of directors data
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Board chair

Jacqueline Edelberg

Jacqueline Edelberg

Katie Scullion

Scullion Consulting

Robert Goldbaum


Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/4/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/04/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.