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benefits of membership

CAAIP is open to those at any stage of their career journey in philanthropy, and seeks to foster cross-generational relationships among members. Through social events, professional development programming and workforce opportunities, CAAIP helps members build community and grow their careers. These bonds and peer learning opportunities strengthen the pursuit of racial equity across the social sector. CAAIP also provides a space for members to incubate new ideas, host topical and timely dialogues, and design programming around highlighted solutions. Together, CAAIP is, as one member remarked, “united in the pursuit of philanthropy to serve and benefit the Black community.”

building a cohesive and vital philanthropic community

CAAIP knows that the power of philanthropy lies within its ability to intentionally connect to community members, both internally and externally to the organization. To foster connection across the CAAIP community, CAAIP provides a variety of networking opportunities for its members.

Planning Committee of the 2019 CPC event
Monthly Member Breakfast

An informal, monthly gathering where members fellowship over breakfast and build community.

“Trust Black Women”

In 2020, Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy launched our Trust Black Women series to act and speak powerfully about the impact of investing in initiatives and organizations led by Black women. As we continue our commitment to expanding Black leadership opportunities in the social sector we are excited to relaunch this program with greater opportunities for networking, mentoring, and shared learning for participants.

The ‘Social Circle Series’ Education Series

The signature education series of CAAIP provides an opportunity for members of the CAAIP community to both learn and teach on topics that challenge the status quo of philanthropy.

Connecting Philanthropy and Community

This annual event provides an opportunity to promote the importance of Black representation in the social sector and celebrate those driving equity in the field.

member committees

special events

The Special Event Committee is responsible for planning and managing CAAIP’s signature event Connecting Philanthropy and Community. This includes, determining its focus, managing operational and fundraising budgets, promoting the event, managing award nomination and selection, and organizing volunteers. 

social justice

The Social Justice Committee helps CAAIP put together action agendas to advocate on social issues impacting the Chicago African American community through a lens of racial equity and inclusion.

membership rates

individual membership
  • Foundation and corporate staff, board members, and trustees: $250
    • Foundation and corporate memberships will come with additional benefits, such as events that are limited to these members
  • Community members and nonprofit staff, board members, and trustees: $100


Please note: memberships are not transferable or refundable. 

institutional membership
Annual Operating Budget or AssetsMembership Fee
Under $500,000$1,000
$500,000 to $1.5m$1,500
$1.6m to $5m$2,000
$5.1m to $10m$2,500
$10.1m to $50m$3,500
Above $50m$5,000