This political moment is a direct result of the generational disinvestment in Black, indigenous, and brown communities. Acknowledging this, the Chicago Racial Justice Pooled Fund’s goal is to raise and move $3M over two years to Chicago organizations building and sustaining movements for justice that center Black lives and address anti-Blackness. While $3M is not an equitable amount to address the violence that racial capitalism has ravaged, this is the first step of many needed towards a more just Chicago.
The following guidelines were constructed based upon the feedback, suggestions, and advice from organizers and activists in Chicago. We share this plan to confirm that we are accurately conveying what was advised. We also see this step as a component of funder transparency and co-accountability. If additional or different suggestions are made, the Allocations Committee will integrate that information.
The Allocations Committee is finalizing the application process for a late September 2020 launch.
The following foundation leaders, who are part of The Neighborhood Organizing Group, will serve as an Oversight Committee, providing guidance and recommendations for fundraising, decision making, and the development of any necessary policies for the pooled Fund.
The members are: Jane Kimondo, Crossroads Fund; Michelle Morales, Woods Fund of Chicago; Leslie Ramyk, Conant Family Foundation; Daniel Ash, Chicago Community Trust; Deborah Bennett, Polk Bros. Foundation; Angelica Chavez, Field Foundation of Illinois; Iris Krieg, Albert Pick Jr. Fund; Caroline McCoy and David Pesqueira, McCormick Foundation; Regina McGraw and Carmen Prieto, Wieboldt Foundation; Heather Parish and Marianne Philbin, Pierce Family Foundation; Mary Pounder, Comer Family Foundation; Ryan Priester, MacArthur Foundation; Jacquelyn Rosa, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.
If you have questions, suggestions or want to contribute to the fund, please contact any one of the following individuals:
Jane Kimondo: Jane@crossroadsfund.org
Michelle Morales: Michelle@woodsfund.org
Leslie Ramyk: Leslie@ConantFamilyFoundation.org
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