Trust Black women


program overview

Welcome the third annual Trust Black Women cohort series for fall 2022. We are excited to engage in the philanthropic community once more to build relationships with Black women in philanthropy and discuss how our voices, skill, and positions are shaping the landscape of philanthropy, organizing, leadership development, and healing in Chicago and across Illinois.

what to expect

The cohort series will begin in September 2022 and end in December 2022. The series will include community panel discussions and leadership development courses which will be facilitated by Deborah Harris. Each leadership development course will include a brief presentation and open discussions. Participants will review and discuss philanthropy’s global and community impact on social justice issues and how Black voices and experiences are critical to shifting the landscape in a positive direction. The leadership courses will also include activities that will assist leaders to map out their own strategic visions for social change within the confines of their current positions they hold and how to build lasting partnership across the cohort and in the philanthropic sector itself.

Photo credit: Naimah Thomas

speaker series

Join leaders in the social sector as they discuss a range of topics from advancing racial equity in philanthropy to engaging in shared leadership to advance change. Our opening event and speaker series are free and open to the public.

leadership workshops

Our leadership workshops will provide an opportunity for 20 Black women leaders to join together in a shared learning experience. For more information and to apply to participate in the leadership workshop please click here.


Participants in the leadership workshops will have the opportunity to partner with a mentor to support them through this shared learning experience. For more information and to apply to participate in the mentoring program please click here.

Speaker series

We are excited to engage our community and discuss how our voices, skills, and leadership are shaping the social sector landscape in Chicago and across Illinois. 

These events are free and open to the public! 

Part One – Cornerstone: Building The Vision and Resources for the Next Generation

September 23rd, 2022 from 10:00am to 11:30am 


Part Two – Life, Liberty, and Liberation: Mapping Our Journey Home

December 9, 2022 from 6:00pm to 70:00pm 


Leadership Development Courses

Cost to participate is $115 for non-members, and free for CAAIP members – includes leadership development courses and mentoring. 

Part One
September 30, 2022

How to decolonize funding and its influence on coalition building

Part Two
October 7, 2022

Developing a shared language with the movement

Part Three
October 21, 22

Money Matters

Part Four
November 4, 2022

Building sustainable wellness practices to thrive in your personal and career life

Part Five
November 18, 2022

Representing your community & self in the midst of The System


CAAIP will support 5-10 mentorship pairs in the Trust Black Women Program. The mentorship program is aimed at supporting Black women who are striving for greater leadership in the philanthropic sector. Through the activities of the mentorship program, early and mid-career Black women will be supported to advance their professional development, engage in peer networking, and deepen their knowledge of opportunities of leadership advancement all while cultivating relationships in a safe and vibrant environment. The program will speak directly to Black women in power, how we continue to build it, and the importance of representation in philanthropic spaces. 

Mentor-mentee pairings will commit to 10 development hours over the course of 3 months. Development hours will include:

  • 1:1 meetings (in-person or virtual)
  • Attending at least 2 leadership workshops together between December 2021 and March 2022
  • Supportin goal setting

Learn more about the program by reading this overview: Trust Black Women Mentorship Program