2018 Community Change Learning Exchange (CCLE)

Join Woods Fund ChicagoThe 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

Registration is now closed. To inquire about joining the waitlist and for any other questions, please contact Nile K. Malloy, Senior Program Manager, at nile@nfg.org.



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Day 1 – Wednesday, May 9 – Adler University

  •  11:30 - 12:30 pm        Welcome & Lunch
  •  12:30 - 1:30 pm          Sharing Circles
  •  1:30 - 2:30 pm            Philanthropy's Historic Role in Equity Movements
  •  2:30 - 3:30 pm            The Journey of Field Foundation and Woods Fund
  •  3:30 - 3:45 pm            (Break)
  •  3:45 - 5:30 pm            The State of Race in Chicago Today
  •  5:30 - 5:45 pm            Debrief and Closing
  •  6:00 - 7:30 pm           Evening Reception

Day 2 – Thursday, May 10  – Chicago History Museum

  •  8:00 - 9:00 am          Breakfast & Networking
  •  9:00 - 9:45 am            Welcome & Reflections
  •  9:45 - 10:45 am           Planning Actionable Next Steps
  •  10:45 - 11:00 am        (Break)
  •  11:00 - 11:15 am         Share Outs
  •  11:15 - 12:30 pm         Exploring Entry Points for the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Model 
  •  11:45 - 12:30 pm         Sharing Circles & Lunch
  •  12:30 - 12:45 pm         Final Remarks
  •  1:00 - 2:30 pm             Chicago History Museum Exhibit: Race: Are We So Different? (optional self-guided tour)


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About CCLE

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.

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