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Woods Fund of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
www.woodsfund.org

Woods Fund of Chicago was awarded $750,000 between 2003 and 2017, including 3 grants in Criminal Justice and Community & Economic Development.

$300,000

2017 • 6 months • Criminal Justice

Established in 1941 as part of the Woods Charitable Fund, Woods Fund Chicago (Woods Fund) is a local foundation focused on the need for including communities that are most impacted by poverty and structural racism in the process of addressing issues that affect them. This award enables the Woods Fund to provide continued support for the Grassroots Alliance on Police Accountability (GAPA) for its work on a comprehensive community engagement strategy centered on policing and police accountability issues in Chicago. Through its community education and outreach activities, GAPA aims to create a better system of policing by ensuring that the people who will be most directly affected by the new accountability structures, policies and procedures play an active role in developing them.

$300,000

2016 • 6 months • Criminal Justice

Established in 1941 as part of the Woods Charitable Fund, Woods Fund Chicago (Woods Fund) is a local foundation focused on the need for including communities that are most impacted by poverty and structural racism in the process of addressing issues that affect them. This award enables the Woods Fund to support the formal organization of a community coalition (the Coalition) to develop a comprehensive community engagement strategy centered on policing and police accountability issues and its initial implementation. The outcomes include a formal structure for the community coalition; a specific two-year plan, budget, and proposal for full implementation of a community-driven effort to promote policing reform; and outreach and education activities in selected aldermanic wards in the city. Through the design and implementation of the process, the Coalition hopes to create a better system of policing by building public and political support for stronger accountability structures and promote trust in the Chicago Police Department by ensuring that the people who will be most directly affected by the new structures, policies and procedures play an active role in developing them.

$150,000

2003 • 3 years • Community & Economic Development

In support of a local funders collaborative, particularly its participation in a national community organizing initiative sponsored by the Ford Foundation (over three years).

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