Grantee Profile

Civic Consulting Alliance

Grants to Civic Consulting Alliance

  • $90,000Active Strategy

    2016 (Inactive Grant)

    Community & Economic Development

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Civic Consulting Alliance (the Alliance), founded by the Commercial Club of Chicago, has since 1987 fielded pro bono teams of business experts and government leaders to improve public administration and services in and for the City of Chicago and the surrounding region. This grant supports Phase 1 of the development of a comprehensive economic growth plan for Chicago’s south suburbs, a mixed industrial and residential area that forms part of the bi-state (Illinois and Indiana) Calumet industrial region. Funding supports market analyses, initial identification of economic opportunities, interviews with local and regional stakeholders, and consensus building among key leaders from the more than 40 political jurisdictions that are part of the south suburban and greater Chicago metropolitan region.

  • $200,000

    2016 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS —

    Founded by the Commercial Club of Chicago in 1987, the Civic Consulting Alliance (CCA) provides pro bono teams of consultants to work with government leaders to improve public administration and services. As part of its commitment to improving Chicago, CCA is providing technical assistance and operational support to the city's Police Accountability Task Force (Task Force), an entity created in December 2015 to provide recommendations to reform the Chicago Police Department in response to protests over the release of a video of the police-involved death of seventeen-year-old Laquan McDonald. Five prominent citizens with relevant expertise were appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to lead the Task Force, each heading a separate working group—community-police relations, oversight, de-escalation, video release, and early intervention systems—that are, in turn, supported by fifty volunteer citizens representing a diverse set of backgrounds. CCA facilitates the Task Force's work, providing staffing support, communications infrastructure, outreach activities, and conducting research. The Task Force is researching each area of its mandate, hosting public forums to inform its deliberations, and developing and disseminating a set of recommendations to improve the operations of the police department, oversight and accountability. Foundation funds are being provided to enhance the Task Force's independence. 

  • $400,000

    2014 (Inactive Grant)

    What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Civic Consulting Alliance provides pro bono teams of public sector and business experts to work with government leaders to improve public administration and services, helping governments function better by building the capacity of public-private partnerships, finding solutions to public sector challenges, and catalyzing new approaches to work in specific areas, such as Cook County jail system reform, local responses to high levels of gun violence, and the effectiveness of the Chicago Public Schools and City College systems. With this, and similar grants from other philanthropies, CCA will continue to deliver high-quality pro bono services to the City of Chicago and Cook County.

  • $400,000

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Founded by the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Civic Consulting Alliance provides pro bono teams of business experts to work with government leaders to improve public administration and service, including, last year, pro bono services valued at over $20 million to improve public sector functions in Chicago. The Alliance is playing a critical role in helping to restructure, cut costs, and improve operations against a backdrop of unprecedented City and County budget deficits. This grant will help the Alliance respond to a greatly-increased volume of requests for help from the City of Chicago and Cook County.

  • $50,000

    2010 (Inactive Grant)

    What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support an inventory of anti-violence programs in Chicago.

  • $75,000

    2007 (Inactive Grant)

    What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of training and technical assistance for community development practitioners.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Civic Consulting Alliance $1,215,000 between 1978 and 2016.

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