Mission & History

A community of leaders.

Our mission

Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy promotes dialogue between philanthropic and nonprofit organizations, advocates for equitable and effective philanthropy in African American communities, and builds infrastructure for equitable leadership in the social sector.

Our history

In 1998, nearly 100 African Americans working in Chicago’s social sector came together to found Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy. Recognizing the need for a philanthropic community that effectively responds to the needs of African Americans and is inclusive of their leadership and talent the organization has worked to increase investment in communities of color, provided training and education to social sector leaders, and been a home for those seeking to advance equitable and effective philanthropy.
Attendees of the 2019 CPC event

Our Community

Chicago African American in Philanthropy is proud to work alongside others who are advancing equity and opportunity for communities of color. Our partners include African American Legacy Initiative (AAL), Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), Association for Black Foundation Executives (ABFE), Chicago Latinos in Philanthropy (CLIP), and Forefront.