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Connecting Philanthropy and Community is CAAIP’s signature event recognized two leaders in the local philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, whose work exemplifies a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the black community.

We were honored to have as our keynote speaker Nikole Hannah-Jones, Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter and creator of the landmark 1619 Project.

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Congratulations Awardees

We are honored to highlight the exemplary work of local leaders fostering meaningful connections between the local philanthropic sector and the diverse communities it serves.

The 2021 Champion of Diversity award was given to Corliss Garner, Head, Corporate Social Responsibility & Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at First Midwest Bank. 

The 2021 Champion of Social Justice was given to Jonathan Peck, Master Facilitator, Organizer, Trainer, and Coach at CivicLab. 

Corliss Garner

Jonathan Peck

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Our event offers foundations, corporate entities, and businesses significant opportunities to promote dialogue between philanthropic and nonprofit organizations, advance our collective understanding of pressing issues for the African American community, and advance racial equity.

Keynote Speaker

Nikole Hannah-Jones
Nikole Hannah-Jones

Nikole Hannah-Jones is a domestic correspondent for The New York Times Magazine focusing on racial injustice. In 2020, she won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary for her essay in The 1619 Project, which traces the central role black Americans have played in the nation, including its vast material success and democracy itself.

Nikole has written on federal failures to enforce the Fair Housing Act, the resegregation of American schools, and policing in America. Her extensive reporting in both print and radio on the ways segregation in housing and schools is maintained through official action and policy has earned the National Magazine Award, a Peabody and a Polk Award.

Ms. Hannah-Jones earned her bachelor’s in history and African-American studies from the University of Notre Dame and her master’s in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a co-founder of the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, housed at UNC Chapel Hill.

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