Grantee Profile

Chicago Community Foundation

Grants to Chicago Community Foundation

  • $75,000

    2016 (Duration 11 months)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — 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 to 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 Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Fund, which was established by the MLK Living Memorial Planning Committee. The award enables the Committee to complete the first public memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Chicago and to launch a series of events and projects that commemorate the 50th anniversary of his historic march into Marquette Park.

  • $300,000Active Strategy

    2016 (Duration 11 months)

    Migration

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS —

    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 pooled donor funds. In 2012, local philanthropies created the Illinois Immigrant Funders Collaborative (IFC) to support implementation of a federal program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which offers lawful status to undocumented immigrant youth. The recommended award contributes to the fund, enhancing capacity for legal services for immigrants in Illinois who are eligible for DACA and for a proposed expansion of the program for undocumented parents of American children, called DAPA. Opponents challenged the expanded program; the case is now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court with a decision expected by late June 2016. With IFC funding, immigrant service organizations educate the community about the federal programs, screen individuals for eligibility, and assist undocumented immigrants in applying for lawful status. Given the state budget impasse in Illinois, and the resulting cuts in public funding for immigrant service providers, IFC funds are critical to maintain an immigrant legal aid infrastructure in the state, and to prepare for the Supreme Court’s decision on the programs’ future implementation.

  • $2,000,000Active Strategy

    2016 (Duration 11 months)

    Digital Media & Learning

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — 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 grant provides continued support for a donor-advised fund—the Chicago Hive Fund for Connected Learning—which was established with MacArthur support in 2013. It is designed to promote the transformation of Chicago’s learning landscape by advancing the implementation of Connected Learning. This grant enables the Chicago Hive Fund for Connected Learning to develop a civic partnership that promotes the adoption of Connected Learning principles and strategies to transform learning in Chicago; and to serve as the primary anchor organization for LRNG - the learning platform of Collective Shift - in Chicago.

  • $300,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 1 year, 5 months)

    Migration

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Community Trust and Affiliates, including the Chicago Community Foundation, supports the residents of Chicago with grants to arts, social service, education, and community organizations. The Illinois Immigration Funders Collaborative (the Collaborative) is a donorradvised fund of the Chicago Community Foundation. The Collaborative supports immigrant service providers in Illinois in implementing federal programs that offer temporary lawful presence and permission to work to unauthorized immigrants. The Collaborative's grantees educate immigrant communities about the federal programs, screen applicants for eligibility, and assist in filing applications. The Collaborative expands capacity for immigrant services in Illinois, while simultaneously laying the foundation for successful implementation of any future legalization program for the unauthorized population.

  • $850,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 1 year, 9 months)

    Digital Media & Learning

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — 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 grant provides continued support for a donor-advised fund-the Chicago Hive Fund for Connected Learninggwhich was established with MacArthur support in 2013. It is designed to promote the transformation of Chicago's learning landscape by enabling the implementation of Connected Learning. The Fund will support activities of the Chicago Hive Learning Network and the Chicago City of Learning, two of the key vehicles for spreading Connected Learning in Chicago.

  • $1,000,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Duration 2 years, 11 months)

    Community & Economic Development

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Community Foundation raises philanthropic funds and invests them in organizations and individuals working to improve quality of life in the Chicago region. Its Smart Chicago Collaborative identifies ways to use information technologies to accelerate a broad range of human and community development objectives. This grant supports the Smart Chicago Challenge, an initiative that aims to increase Internet access and its meaningful use to improve quality of life in underserved Chicago neighborhoods. The Collaborative will be the fiscal sponsor for the Challenge, supervise its managing director, and participate in meetings of the principals to set and refine strategy and evaluate the initiative.

  • $315,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Duration 2 years, 3 months)

    Migration

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — This grant to the Chicago Community Foundation will support a donor collaborative to support the implementation in Illinois of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a federal program offering lawful status to undocumented immigrant youth. The donor collaborative, called the Illinois DACA Relief Initiative, supports immigrant legal aid, public outreach, and education. It will also design a survey of the technological capacity and needs of organizations serving immigrants in the state. These activities comprise a critical component of planning for the implementation in Illinois of any future broad legalization program.

  • $250,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Inactive Grant)

    Community & Economic Development

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — This grant provides one-time start-up support to the Public Safety Action Committee (PASC), which was formed in 2013 in response to high rates of gun violence in Chicago, and now seeks to raise $50 million from corporations and foundations to support promising programs to reduce shootings. Housed at the Chicago Community Trust, PSAC will fund local anti-violence programs and will rigorously measure their performance to ensure that its investments are well spent, and to generate evidence of best practices to educate and inform public and private funders.

  • $250,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Inactive Grant)

    Community & Economic Development

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Community Foundation raises philanthropic funds and invests them in the organizations and individuals working to improve quality of life in the Chicago region; the affiliated Smart Chicago Collaborative program identifies ways to use information technologies to accelerate a broad range of human and community development objectives. This grant supports its Chicago School of Data project, an effort to map, describe, align, and build capacity among the organizations and individuals working to use data to inform urban development in Chicago.

  • $1,300,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    Digital Media & Learning

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Community Trust was created to ensure that citizens have a means for providing long-term support for important civic endeavors in their communities. This grant renews support to the Trust to support activities of the Chicago Hive Learning Network: developing activities for youth; carrying out professional development for Hive educators; and testing learning innovations based on Connected Learning. The Trust will oversee the re-granting of funds to Hive member organizations; cultivate new donors in support of the Hive funds; and, in collaboration with Hive staff, raise awareness of the Hive Learning Network and Connected Learning among key local stakeholders.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Chicago Community Foundation $6,640,000 between 1978 and 2016.

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