CPC Award Eligibility and Criteria

  • Nominee must be a member of the local nonprofit or philanthropic community (Chicago and surrounding suburbs) and may be a member of the organization’s program staff, an executive, a board member or trustee, or an individual donor. Retirees, former staff, board members, trustees can also be nominated considering they made a significant impact during their tenure. These awards recognize an individual, not an institution or organization.
  • The nominee does not have to be a person of color. CAAIP recognizes that it is important to engage a variety of stakeholders on these issues.
  • The nominee will have demonstrated a notable commitment to building bridges between the philanthropic sectors and the African American community. CAAIP strongly emphasizes that inclusion goes beyond diversity in numbers and has a specific impact on the active participation and appreciation for unique perspectives African Americans and other populations under-represented in the field bring to decision-making tables.
  • The nominee will have demonstrated a commitment and action to racial equity. This can include internal practices (that is, nonprofit staffing, policies, practices, board composition) and/or grantmaking practices and principles that deliberately pursue improved outcomes for African American communities.
  • Bold, singular achievements will be strongly considered.
  • Awardees are expected to deliver brief (3-5 minute) remarks with thoughtful reflections, suitable for reprinting and dissemination.