2018 • 3 years • Journalism & Media
The Field Foundation of Illinois (Field) is a private, independent foundation that places racial equity at the center of its giving by directing funds to nonprofit organizations working to address systemic challenges in Chicago. Field makes grants to nonprofits working in justice, art, and leadership investment to support the goal of community empowerment. This award supports Field's Media and Storytelling program, which provides multifaceted support to community-based organizations and individuals working to generate just and inclusive narratives through the work of accountability, investigative and explanatory journalism, and through creative nonfiction projects targeted at narrative and culture change. Field's Media and Storytelling program aims to support journalists and storytellers from Chicago communities whose insights are underrepresented in the broader media field. This program was co-designed with MacArthur as part of the Jack Fuller Legacy Initiative, and involved a collaborative planning process that engaged journalists, media makers, and storytellers from diverse communities across Chicago. The intended outcome of this work is a more connected, equitable, and informed media and storytelling ecosystem in Chicago.
2018 • 3 years • Chicago Commitment
The Field Foundation of Illinois (Field) is a private foundation based in Chicago that makes grants with the goal of empowering communities through investments in justice, art, and leadership. With racial equity at the center of its giving, Field supports organizations working to address systemic issues in Chicago, with the aim of directly benefitting communities that have experienced significant economic divestment. With MacArthur Foundation collaboration, Field establishes an award recognizing individual leaders in Chicago's communities, providing funds to both the individual and the organization at which they work. The award recognizes past leadership achievements. It also serves to increase individual leadership capacity; strengthen connections among leaders across communities; and lift the profiles of leaders and organizations throughout Chicago.
2018 • 6 months • Journalism & Media
The Field Foundation of Illinois (Field) is a private foundation based in Chicago that makes grants with a goal of community empowerment through investments in justice, art and leadership. With racial equity at the center of its giving, Field supports organizations working to address systemic issues in Chicago, with the aim of directly benefitting communities that have experienced the greatest economic divestment. With MacArthur support, Field is undertaking a planning process that includes landscape review and outreach to expand a portion of its grantmaking focused on funding media and storytelling in communities of color to include more journalistic and civic media activities aimed at reframing narratives around root causes of Chicago's most pressing issues. The result is a plan for the implementation of a grantmaking strategy through which the Field Foundation would re-grant MacArthur funds to community-based journalism and media organizations in Chicago, with a special focus on organizations led by people of color.