Join Woods Fund Chicago, The Field Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Neighborhood Funders Group for the 2018 Community Change Learning Exchange (CCLE) on May 9-10, 2018 in Chicago, IL. This iteration of CCLE will highlight the philanthropic journey and process of Woods Fund Chicago and the Field Foundation in moving the needle to address structural racism and shifting their grantmaking to support racial equity and community organizing.
We will also learn more about local challenges and opportunities in Chicago, provide a space for funders to share lessons learned, and create a safe space for funders to discuss both their past and current challenges in community change work.
This one and a half day peer-learning exchange will include:
- Shared learning conversations
- Facilitated group discussions on funder challenges & opportunities
- Exploring how issues of equity impact our community change efforts
- Local placed-based strategies and opportunities
- Dialogue and discussion on building more equity in the field of philanthropy
Please see below for more information on meeting locations, recommended hotels, and travel. For any other questions, contact Nile Malloy, Senior Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are only a limited number of spaces left, so register soon!
Day 1: Wednesday, May 9 — Adler University (17 N. Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60602)
12:00 - 12:30 pm Welcome Lunch
12:30 - 1:30 pm Sharing Circle
1:30 - 2:15 pm The Journey of Field Foundation & Woods Fund
2:15 - 2:30 pm Break
2:30 - 3:15 pm Philanthropy's Historic Role in Equity Movements
3:15 - 4:30 pm The State of Race in Chicago Today
4:30 - 4:45 pm Break
4:45 - 5:45 pm Dismantling Structurally Racist Policies: Monetary Bond Case Study
6:00 - 7:30 pm Dinner
Day 2: Thursday, May 10 — Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614)
9:00 - 9:45 am Reflections
9:45 - 10:45 am Planning Actionable Next Steps
10:45 - 11:00 am Break
11:00 - 12:00 pm Exploring Entry Points for the Truth, Racial Healing, & Transformation Model
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 pm Chicago History Museum Exhibit: Race: Are We So Different? [optional self-guided tour]
About Community Change Learning Exchange
The Community Change Learning Exchange (CCLE) is a forum for foundation leaders and staff to engage in frank discussions about the opportunities and challenges associated with place-based community change. CCLE’s aim is to promote honest dialogue about the realities of undertaking place-based work and what funders might do differently to insure the equitable, long-term viability of community change work. A central assumption of CCLE is that the purpose of community change is to dismantle the underlying systemic and structural conditions that perpetuate disparity and disinvestment in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation convened the first CCLE meeting in Baltimore in 2014 and has served as the CCLE convener and executive secretariat, but CCLE is not a Casey initiative. Subsequent meetings were held in Cincinnati, Detroit and San Diego between 2014 and 2016. The foundations that hosted the CCLE meetings have been involved in place-based work, including implementing long-term community change initiatives (CCIs). The meeting explored lessons related to community engagement, race equity and inclusion, transparency, mitigating the effects of gentrification and displacement and other essential elements of effective place-based work. Community representatives also participated in CCLE site visits and discussions, allowing foundation representatives to engage with them at a depth that is unusual in many funder-grantee relationships.
CCLE is a vital forum for capturing and sharing knowledge, as well as a community of support for representatives of foundations engaged in placed-based community change. It offers a safe space for discussion and reflection that is hard to achieve when one is immersed in actually doing the work. CCLE augments the work of philanthropic affinity groups concerned with place-based work (all of which participated in CCLE) and provides a platform to inform the field about how to do this important work better. To date, approximately 100 foundation staff and other stakeholders participated in the four CCLE sessions.
Meeting Locations & Travel
Day 1: Wednesday, May 9
17 North Dearborn Street
15th Floor – Community Hall
Chicago, IL 60602
Directions, Parking, & Public Transportation
Day 2: Thursday, May 10
1601 North Clark Street
Morse Genius Chicago Room
Chicago, IL 60614
Directions, Parking, & Public Transportation
If you are coming in from out of town, Chicago has two airports: O'Hare (17 miles from downtown) and Midway (10 miles from downtown). Visit flychicago.com for information on flights, services, and transportation for both airports.
If you will need lodging in Chicago, you can book your stay at these hotels:
Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park Hyatt Regency Chicago
200 North Columbus Drive 151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601 Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 565-8000 (312) 565-1234
Maps & Directions Maps & Directions
We welcome our network members along with new funders and partners to connect, organize, and mobilize at our 2018 National Convening, Raise Up: Moving Money for Justice, in St. Louis, Missouri on June 5-7.
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