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About Us

The Monroe Foundation was formed in 1991 to provide technical assistance in starting community and economic development projects within low-income communities and provide emerging groups with seed grants through the PACT Project (Partnership For Assisting Community Transformation).

The Monroe Foundation is a publicly supported not-for-profit community and enterprise development intermediary. We seek to educate, link and fund community development projects within low-income communities in that State of Illinois.

The foundation supports small business start-ups and financing through lending partnerships with Marquette Bank, and US Bank. Our current supporters are Bank of America, Citibank, Marquette Bank, PNC Bank, US Bank, Field Foundation of Illinois, and Woods Fund of Chicago.

We also provide small business development seminars through the small business development “Boot Camp” Program, funded by a grant from Citibank.


Otis Chandler Monroe, III Athena Green Williams
CEO Associate Executive Director
Mark Allen  Nina Hall 
CRA Organizer Communications Consultant

Members of The Monroe Foundation

Agora Community Services Corporation

Nobel Neighbors

Genesis Housing Development Corporation

Greater Roseland/West Pullman Food Network

The Englewood Food Network

The Renaissance Collaborative, Inc.

North Lawndale Alliance

Center for Community Development Initiatives

Black Star Project

Entrepreneurs University Foundation

Kids Off The Block, Inc. (KOB)

Partners In Community Building, Inc.

Black Leadership Development Institute

Westside Ministers Coalition, Inc.

Eternal Light Community Services, Inc.

GRAND families Program of Chicago

Imagine Englewood If…

Ministers Conference of South Suburban Cook County, Inc.

Corporate and Foundation Supporters

The Woods Fund of Chicago

The Field Foundation of Illinois

Bank of America 
Julie Chavez, Senior Vice President

Citibank, Illinois
Helen Hammond Redding
Senior Vice President -Community Relations
Citi, Illinois

Marquette Bank
Manny Jimenez, CRA Officer

PNC Bank
Paul Labonne, Vice President & CRA Officer