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Cricket Island Foundation: A Case Study of a Small Foundation’s Impact Assessment

Liz Sak, Executive Director of Cricket Island Foundation, together with Seema Shah of COMM|VEDA Consulting and Anna Pond of Anna Pond Consulting recently authored an article in Foundation Review, a peer-reviewed journal on the field of philanthropy. Several years ago, in conjunction with our 15-year anniversary, Cricket Island commissioned an assessment to understand the impact […] Read more »

Communities for Just Schools Podcast: Philanthropy Roundtable

Cricket Island Foundation’s Executive Director, Liz Sak, joined Nat Chioke Williams of the Hill-Snowdon Foundation on an episode of Communities for Just Schools Fund’s weekly podcast, SchoolHouse: Equity in Education. Together with CJSF’s Executive Director, Allison Brown, Liz and Nat explore the role of philanthropy in supporting community-driven work in this moment in history. Listen […] Read more »

Cricket Island Foundation’s Executive Director co-authors Op-Ed in the Chronicle of Philanthropy

Liz Sak, Executive Director of Cricket Island Foundation, together with  Allison Brown, Executive Director of Communities for Just Schools Fund, recently published an Op-Ed in the Chronicle of Philanthropy “As the White House Changes Leadership, Philanthropy Must Change too.” Among other recommendations, the Op-Ed encourages funders to ease reporting burdens and make multi-year, general operating […] Read more »

Model Partnerships for Impact: Cricket Island Foundation and Communities United

Cricket Island Foundation is delighted to be featured as one of Independent Sector’s “Model Partnerships for Impact” case studies. The case study explores how general operating support and multi-year investments are critical ingredients for deep and meaningful partnerships that can catalyze stronger, healthier organizations. Take a look at the case study here. Independent Sector, a leadership network […] Read more »

FLY claims victory in trauma center campaign

Fearless Leading by the Youth (FLY), the youth-led program of Chicago grantee STOP, won their campaign to push the University of Chicago to open an adult medical trauma center on their campus in the South Side of Chicago.  Last week, the university announced that it would invest $40 million dollars to open a trauma center […] Read more »

Communities United and VOYCE youth score a major education-reform victory

VOYCE, a Chicago youth organizing collective that includes Community United, claimed victory in the passing of SB100. SB100 is pioneering legislation that will increase transparency of and accountability for exclusionary discipline across all publicly-funded schools in Illinois. Read more exciting news on this bill here. Read more »

LVEJO celebrates the opening of La Villita Park

Chicago Cohort grantee Little Village Environmental Justice Organization celebrated the opening of La Villita Park, which they spent over a decade advocating for.  LVEJO’s youth leaders were involved in nearly all levels of the park development process, from advocating for its clean-up to designing its layout.  Read more about the park here. Read more »