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Chicago Community Foundation

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Community Foundation was awarded $35,554,000 between 2001 and 2018, including 39 grants in Housing, Digital Media & Learning, Criminal Justice, Chicago Commitment, Community & Economic Development, and Migration.

$155,000

2018 • 1 year • Chicago Commitment

Founded in 1915, the Chicago Community Trust and Affiliates (the Trust) was established by local business leaders to support the residents of Chicago with grants to arts, social service, education, and community organizations. The Chicago Community Foundation, which is the corporate entity of the Trust, manages donor-advised funds. The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities (the Fund) is a donor-advised fund established by a number of local donors in August 2016. The Fund responds to members of 19 Chicago communities who seek to help keep the city safe in the summer, especially on weekends, when violence tends to spike. The Fund offers awards between $1,000 and $10,000 in support of efforts to promote community cohesion and safety to communities, including activities that help build bridges between local residents and law enforcement. These include neighborhood, group, or youth-focused activities; recreational events; festivals; urban agriculture initiatives; block parties; and inter-generational programs. The hope is that such activities help create the conditions for greater public safety.

$2,600,000

2018 • 1 year • Chicago Commitment

Founded in 1915, the Chicago Community Trust and Affiliates (the Trust) was established by local business leaders to support the residents of Chicago with grants to arts, social service, education, and community organizations. The Chicago Community Foundation, which is the corporate entity of the Trust, manages donor-advised funds. The Chicago Community Foundation also supports the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities, a coalition of funders committed to reducing gun violence in Chicago by coordinating their grant making around a set of strategies with a goal of greater impact. This award supports two collaborative efforts aimed at reducing gun violence, implemented by Metropolitan Family Services and Heartland Alliance.

$50,000

2018 • 8 months

Founded in 1915, the Chicago Community Trust and Affiliates was established by local business leaders to support the residents of Chicago with grants to arts, social service, education, and community organizations. The Chicago Community Foundation, which is the corporate entity of the Trust, manages the Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance (CWFA), a collaboration of 13 Chicago area corporate and private foundations with an interest in strengthening workforce development opportunities in the metropolitan area.  Collaborating with employers and other workforce stakeholders, the CWFA seeks to increase employment, earnings, and racial equity for low-wage workers in the Chicago region. Given the opportunity to leverage the more than an estimated $20 billion in major real estate development projects over the next 10 years, the Chicago Construction Opportunities Group (CCOG), in which CWFA participates, was convened in the fall of 2017 with a goal to increase minority participation in the contracting and employment opportunities that will be created by these projects. With this award, CWFA supports the research and convening activities of CCOG, including the formation of a data group to develop a system for tracking progress on minority participation in construction trades. It also assesses the feasibility of a portal to match the needs of purchasers of construction services with those seeking contracting and sub-contracting opportunities.

$175,000

2017 • 1 year • Criminal Justice

Founded in 1915, the Chicago Community Trust and Affiliates was established by local business leaders to support the residents of Chicago with grants to arts, social service, education, and community organizations. The Chicago Community Foundation, which is the corporate entity of the Trust, manages donor-advised funds. The Chicago Police Reform Consent Decree Public Engagement Fund is a donor-advised fund established by a number of local donors in December of 2017 to support the work of the Illinois Attorney General in her effort to engage Chicago's public around the consent decree of the Chicago Police Department. Through the creation of a website, set of communications activities, and focus groups and surveys, the award enables the Attorney General to explain to the public what is being done through the consent decree and why; receive input from the public, including law enforcement officers; and develop on-going relationships to inform and improve the drafting and enforcement of the ultimate agreement. The imagined process aims to create for residents a more legitimate, community supported, and lasting agreement to ensure reform for the Chicago Police Department.

$1,000,000

2017 • 1 year • Digital Media & Learning

The Chicago Community Trust (the Trust) is the third largest community foundation in the country. Created to ensure that Chicago area citizens have a means for providing long-term support for their community, the Trust pools donations in collaborative or donor funds that reside within the Chicago Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Trust. This award provides continued support for the Chicago Hive Fund for Connected Learning (the Fund)— a donor-advised fund that was established at the Trust with MacArthur support in 2013—to promote the transformation of Chicago’s learning landscape by advancing the implementation of Connected Learning. This final award enables the Fund to build upon the learning of the past four years, to capitalize on the changing environment, and to promote a connected learning agenda so that all young Chicagoans, particularly those from low-income families in underserved communities, have equitable access to high-quality learning and workforce development opportunities.

$15,000

2017 • 5 months

Founded in 1915, the Chicago Community Trust and Affiliates was established by local business leaders to support the residents of Chicago with grants to arts, social service, education, and community organizations. The Chicago Community Foundation, which is the corporate entity of the Trust, manages donor-advised funds. The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities (the Fund) is a donor-advised fund established by a number of local donors in August 2016. The Fund responds to members of 19 Chicago communities who seek to help keep the city safe in the summer, especially on weekends, when violence tends to spike. The Fund offers awards between $1,000 and $10,000 in support of efforts to promote community cohesion and safety to communities, such as neighborhood, group, or youth-focused activities; recreational events; festivals; performances; block parties; and picnics, including activities that help build bridges between local residents and law enforcement.  The hope is that such activities help create the conditions for greater public safety. This award enables six youth media organizations to document activities of the Fund.

$15,000

2017 • 8 months

Founded in 1915, the Chicago Community Trust and Affiliates was established by local business leaders to support the residents of Chicago with grants to arts, social service, education, and community organizations.  The Chicago Community Foundation, which is the corporate entity of the Trust, manages donor advised funds, including the Illinois Immigrant Funders Collaborative (IFC).  Established in 2012, IFC suports local immigrant outreach and legal aid providers, distributing over $2.9 million in its first four years.  It also offers briefings to local donors and immigrant-serving organizations on timely issues, research findings, and changes in law.  With this award, IFC convenes two strategy sessions for current and potential donors.  The sessions educate local philanthropies on changes to federal immigration law and policy announced in early 2017.  The strategy sessions also encourage local donors to contribute to an actively participate in the fund.

$500,000

2017 • 1 year • Chicago Commitment

Founded in 1915, the Chicago Community Trust and Affiliates was established by local business leaders to support the residents of Chicago with grants to arts, social service, education, and community organizations. The corporate entity of the Trust, the Chicago Community Foundation, manages donor-advised funds, including the Illinois Immigrant Funders Collaborative (the Collaborative). The recommended award contributes to the Collaborative, which supports the immigrant outreach and legal aid infrastructure in Illinois. It also responds to federal policies that threaten many immigrants with deportation and bar entry to the United States of refugees and certain nationalities. With support from the Collaborative, service organizations educate community members about federal immigration law, screen individuals for lawful status, provide legal representation to those who may be subject to deportation, and track cases of religious or nationality-based discrimination.

$100,000

2017 • 1 year • Chicago Commitment

Founded in 1915, the Chicago Community Trust and Affiliates was established by local business leaders to support the residents of Chicago with grants to arts, social service, education, and community organizations. The Chicago Community Foundation, which is the corporate entity of the Trust, manages donor-advised funds. The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities (the Fund) is a donor-advised fund established by a number of local donors in August 2016. The Fund responds to members of 19 Chicago communities who seek to help keep the city safe in the summer, especially on weekends, when violence tends to spike. The Fund offers awards between $1,000 and $10,000 in support of efforts to promote community cohesion and safety to communities, such as neighborhood, group, or youth-focused activities; recreational events; festivals; performances; block parties; and picnics, including activities that help build bridges between local residents and law enforcement.  The hope is that such activities help create the conditions for greater public safety.  

$50,000

2016 • 1 year • Chicago Commitment

Founded in 1915, the Chicago Community Trust and Affiliates was established by local business leaders to support the residents of Chicago with grants to arts, social service, education, and community organizations. The Chicago Community Foundation, which is the corporate entity of the Trust, manages donor-advised funds, including the Nonprofit Impact Awareness Fund (“the Fund”). The Fund responds to the devastating effects of the Illinois state budget impasse on the nonprofit organizations that provide human and social services to the residents of Illinois. These organizations form the backbone of state-supported systems, and themselves employ more than a half million workers in Illinois. Through coordinated communications strategies, the Fund educates state policy makers on the critical need for the state to resume funding to social services in order to preserve the overall social and economic health of the state and its citizens.

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