Maximizing Impact: Our response to the pandemic + systemic racism crises

https://www.youtube.com/embed/JSTA-hXqDcI In March we shared the first responses to the COVID-19 pandemic from community leaders and other partners we convened via Zoom. It’s now clear–with the unjust and tragic killing of George Floyd, clear to all the world–that we face not one crisis, but two: the pandemic as well as systemic racial injustice.  Many have

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Pandemic next steps: ‘everyone in, nobody out’ solutions

Zoom call on April 2  We’re grateful to the more than 40 community leaders from across the Chicago region and beyond who came together over six hours in three phone calls Thursday, March 26, Thursday April 2, and Wednesday April 8. Read our earlier blog post about the first call here.  Here are two key

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Time, Treasure, Talent & Testimony: Giving by Women of Color

  The role of women of color donors is coming to the fore. For example, a cover story in the March issue of the Chronicle of Philanthropy asks “How to Connect With Donors of Color?”   Groups like Chicago Foundation for Women, CFW, that have prioritized the investment of women of color donors’ “treasure, time, talent

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Building Community Cohesion to Reduce Violence

The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities (SPC) was created in response to spikes in violence associated with long weekends and warm months. Several major local foundations, including The Chicago Community Trust, the Joyce Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Polk Bros. Foundation, the Woods Fund Chicago and others, came

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Interning at BECOME: How I Learned about Culturally Responsive Evaluation Through BECOME’s Organizational Goals

What does Culturally Responsive Evaluation (CRE) look like?  How could I become more culturally responsive in my personal life and within the practice of evaluation? These were my questions as I began my internship with BECOME while pursing a Masters in Program Evaluation through Michigan State University. The answers were certainly revealed as I received

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Love Transforms

The other day, I went to an event for the Chicago-area Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) initiative – a national movement around rectifying the false narrative of a “hierarchy of human value.”

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Black Men and Boys Success

Chicago has a history of deeply rooted, racial segregation, impacting every system that Black men and boys interface with on a regular basis. Furthermore, life expectancy varies substantially across 77 community areas of Chicago, with a 15-year gap between racially divided neighborhoods. The Black Men and Boys Success Initiative, a collaborative project led by Fathers, Families

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