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Illinois Black Advocacy Initiative Founding Director Search Launched

Building on the recommendations elevated in the in our two reports Illinois Will Win When Its Black Residents Win: We Must Support and Sustain a Black Liberation Agenda Now and Illinois Black Advocacy: A Landscape Analysis, we are excited to share that our next step in this effort will be to hire a Founding Executive Director to steer the Illinois Black Advocacy Initiative.

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Illinois Black Advocacy Initiative Founding Director Search Launched

Building on the recommendations elevated in the in our two reports Illinois Will Win When Its Black Residents Win: We Must Support and Sustain a Black Liberation Agenda Now and Illinois Black Advocacy: A Landscape Analysis, we are excited to share that our next step in this effort will be to hire a Founding Executive Director to steer the Illinois Black Advocacy Initiative.

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Illinois Black Advocacy Initiative Reports Released

past year, through a series of webinars and conversations, we have joined together to discuss strategies for advancing advocacy for Illinois’ Black communities. We thank you for your commitment to participating in these conversations and are writing to share an update on the status of the effort.

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CAAIP Leader Featured on Chicago Tonight

Tawa J. Mitchell, co-chair of CAAIP’s leadership team, spoke with “Chicago Tonight” anchor Brandis Friedman and two other leaders from our sector: Monique Brunson-Jones, president and CEO of Forefront, and Liz Thompson of The Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education (CAFE). Thank you Tawa for your leadership in this important conversation!

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CAAIP Director on Black Philanthropy Month

Hear from CAAIP Director, Jessyca Dudley, as she joins The Night Ministry for a conversation about the role of giving in Black communities, racial equity in philanthropy, and closing the racial wealth gap as we continue to celebrate Black Philanthropy Month.

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CAAIP Featured in StreetWise, Inc.

Thank you StreetWise, Inc. for the beautiful coverage of the Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy Connecting Philanthropy and Community event. We are thrilled to have your support in sharing the story of our organization and Black leaders in Chicago.

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CAAIP Black History Month Panel 2020

COVID-19 Conversation Recordings

Throughout the month of May CAAIP hosted discussions with Chicago leaders in education, workforce development and philanthropy to share current challenges and responses to COVID-19. To view these conversations, please view the recordings below.

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Joint Affinity Response Statement

Joint Affinity Response

Please read the Chicago affinity groups joint response to COVID-19 here. We hope you will share it broadly and join us in the call to action to support communities of color during this challenging time.

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Kristen Mack, MacArthur Foundation

Member Op-Ed: Let’s invest in black women

Kristen Mack, Managing Director of Communications at the MacArthur Foundation shares her perceptive on investing in Black female leaders for Crain’s Chicago. Kristen shares “to change the negative national narrative of Chicago, we need to change the storytellers”.

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