Chicago Cohort

The Foundation began investing in Chicago cohorts in 2009, with funding to this region amounting to over $3.2M to date. The following organizations have a long-standing relationship with the Foundation. They were initially awarded a five-year grant commitment, and all are currently in the first year of a two-year grant commitment that began in 2014.

Communities United

Communities UnitedCommunities United is a grassroots community organization that addresses the root causes of social, racial and economic injustice at a neighborhood, citywide, statewide and national level. Communities United accomplishes this by uniting diverse youth and adults in Chicago’s northwest side and through the development of city and statewide coalitions to build powerful and broad based alliances across the city and state. Visit website »

Chicago Freedom School (CFS)

CFSFounded in 2007, the mission of the Chicago Freedom School (CFS) is to create new generations of critical and independent thinking young people who use their unique experiences and power to create a just world. CFS provides training and education opportunities for youth and adult allies to develop leadership skills through the lens of civic action and through the study of the history of social movements and their leaders. Visit website »

Hana Center

Korean American Resource and Cultural Center (KRCC)

The mission of the Hana Center is to empower the Korean American and immigrant communities through social services, community organizing, culture, and education to advance human rights. The Hana Center is a merger from the Korean American community representing the diverse interest of all people, including women, youth, immigrants, people of color, the poor, the elderly, LGBTQ+.  Visit website »

Illinois Safe Schools Alliance

Illinois Safe Schools AllianceThe mission of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance (the Alliance) is to promote safety, support and healthy development for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, in Illinois schools and communities, through advocacy, education, youth organizing and research. Visit website »

Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN)

Inner-City Muslim Action NetworkThe Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) is a community organization that fosters health, wellness, and healing in the inner-city by organizing for social change, cultivating the arts, and operating a holistic health center. We work to expand resources and opportunities in diverse urban neighborhoods by focusing on community building, and developing initiatives that support the empowerment of local residents. Visit website »

Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO)

Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO)The mission of the Little Village Environmental Justice organization (LVEJO) is to improve the environment and lives of Little Village residents and Chicago residents at large. LVEJO accomplishes this through a youth-led model of democracy in action. Visit website »

Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP)

Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP)STOP’s mission is to advance economic and social human rights by organizing and developing leadership among people most affected by economic and racial oppression. Visit website »