Trust Black women

2021 - 2022

program overview

In 2020, Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy launched our Trust Black Women series to act and speak powerfully about the impact of investing in initiatives and organizations led by Black women. As we continue our commitment to expanding Black leadership opportunities in the social sector we are excited to relaunch this program with greater opportunities for networking, mentoring, and shared learning for participants. 

what to expect

Trust Black Women will focus on the power, presence and purpose of Black Women as we build equitable, just, and joyous spaces within our social sector community. Trust Black Women participants will have the opportunity to hear from leaders in our community through our speaker series and build new skills and relationships through a series of leadership workshops. Throughout these experiences, participants will also have the opportunity to partner with a mentor  to support them through the leadership workshops. 

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. 

Join us on March 25, 2022 for a conversation with Camesha L. Jones, LCSW Founder &
Executive Director of Sista Afya and Dr. Inger Burnett-Zeigler about healing Black trauma and how healing lends to the lens of liberation inside and outside of our organizations.

This event is free and open to the public! 

Part One: Relaunch and Leadership Conversation

November 1, 2021 from 10:30am-11:30am (Register Here)


Part Two: Building the Bench, Black Women in Philanthropy Taking the Lead

November 17th, 2021 from 10:30am-11:30am (Register Here)

Part Three: How Healing Trauma Helps Us Manifest Collective Vision In Philanthropy

March 25, 2002 from 6:00pm-7:00pm (Register Here)


Leadership Development Courses

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

Part One
December 10, 2021

How to decolonize funding and its influence on coalition building

Part Two
January 19, 2022

Developing a shared language with the movement

Part Three
February 11, 2022

Money Matters

Part Four
March 16, 2022

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

Part Five
March 21, 2021

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