Important News: Long Time Executive Director, Iris Krieg, Stepping Down
Iris Krieg has announced that she will be stepping down from her role as Executive Director early in 2022. She has described her tenure at the Albert Pick, Jr. Fund as “one of the most meaningful experiences of my life.” In Iris's full statement, Iris expresses her gratitude to the Pick Board, staff, other grantmakers and, particularly, to organizations working to make Chicago a better and more equitable community for all.
The Board notes how fortunate the Pick Fund has been to have had “a leader with a long history working to improve the lives of Chicagoans.” The Fund is now “well positioned for the future with an inspiring mission and vision, inclusive values, a commitment to equity, a strong organization with a high performing board, and a reputation in the community as a leader.” Please see the Board’s full statement. The Board has embarked on a process to find the next Pick Fund Executive Director. The position description describes the responsibilities of the position and the qualities the Board is looking for. Anyone interested in the position should review the position description and follow the instructions for submitting an application.
New for 2022
Beginning in 2022, the Albert Pick Jr. Fund will switch to having three grantmaking meetings per year instead of four. The March meeting will instead become a policy and planning meeting. Proposal review meetings will now take place in June, September, and December only.
Deadline dates for submitting proposals in 2022 are as follows:
March 18 for the summer (June) meeting
June 24 for the fall (September) meeting
September 23 for the winter (December) meeting
If your organization received funding from the Albert Pick Jr. Fund in March of 2020 (for two-year grants) or 2021 (for one-year grants) and you plan on reapplying for funding, you will now apply for the summer or fall meeting depending on your organization’s fiscal year end:
For spring renewal applicants whose fiscal year ends between January 1 and July 31st, you will now apply for the summer meeting, by March 18th, 2022. You can upload your final report for your current grant to our database along with your proposal, by March 18th.
For spring renewal applicants whose fiscal year ends between August 1 and December 31, you will now apply for the fall meeting, by June 24, 2022. You can upload your final report for your current grant to our database along with your proposal, by June 24th.
For renewal applicants that received funding in the summer, fall, or winter: please adhere to the deadline dates listed above.
The Albert Pick, Jr. Fund is a private, independent foundation established in 1947. While grantmaking interests and procedures have been updated over the years to reflect changing times, the Fund’s mission remains faithful to the intent of its founders, Corinne and Albert Pick, Jr.: to provide disadvantaged Chicago residents with the tools they need to improve their lives. Mr. Pick was a business man who, among his other accomplishments, started Pick Hotels Corp., which eventually controlled 15 hotels. He and Mrs. Pick were avid philanthropists, serving on many boards and assisting many organizations
Today, the Fund concentrates on neighborhoods and/or people who are economically or otherwise disadvantaged or who face discrimination. Chicago should be a city of hope, safety and opportunities for those who live here. We believe that people should be empowered to identify and define the problems they confront and work towards solutions. Our role is to ensure that community residents have the resources and support they need to undertake this work.
Going forward, the Fund’s directors and staff aim to do our part, as a philanthropic institution, to support the growing movement around social justice and racial equity. We are asking ourselves how the Fund can do more to support the objectives of this movement. Therefore, we have begun an exploration process to review our grantmaking, Board and staff attitudes, investments and vendors with the goal of making changes over time that will be more in line with our values.
This is not an easy process with a direct path. As a field, philanthropy is considering how it can play a role in promoting social justice and racial equity. Best practices and strategies are still being developed. At the Pick Fund, we expect to encounter bumps along the way – we may make some mistakes and need to adjust our approach. Through this website, we will keep you advised of what we are doing and how our grantmaking is affected. We appreciate your patience as we work to build a better Albert Pick Jr. Fund for a better Chicago.
If you have applied before, you will note the application form has been revised to ask more specific questions about applicants’ demographics – who is served and who is in leadership roles. This is a first step to understanding who is benefiting from our grants and whether we are really reaching our target populations.
Please refer to the WHAT WE FUND page for more information on our grantmaking, funding guidelines, and application deadlines.
About the Fund
The Chicago Racial Justice Pooled Fund is a commitment to raise and move $10M to Chicago organizations building and sustaining movements for justice that center Black lives and address anti-Blackness. While $10M is not an equitable amount to address the violence that racial injustice has ravaged, this is the first step of many needed towards a more just Chicago.
The Fund will provide grants to Black-led community organizing groups as well as allied community organizing groups addressing anti-Blackness. In this context, community organizing means bringing people together who individually may lack power but collectively can build and wield power to advance racial justice.
The grant application, as well as additional information, is available now at bit.ly/ChiRacialJustice.
The Albert Pick, Jr. Fund is pleased to be a contributing member of this Pooled Fund.
Statement from Iris Krieg
As I step-down from my position of Executive Director of the Albert Pick, Jr. Fund, I have been reflecting on my years with the Pick Fund and how much it has meant to me. It has been a privilege to work with the dedicated Pick Board and staff. All have a belief that we can contribute to a better and more equitable Chicago for all who live here.
I am grateful to our wonderful partners in the community. Other foundations have been willing to share their own experiences and ideas. Experts and organizations have energized me with their visions for what is possible, but more importantly by their work to move us closer each day.
Over the years I have been with the Pick Fund, we have deepened our work, joined more funder collaborations, participated in many learning opportunities and taken steps to incorporate equity, inclusion and diversity in everything we do, from grantmaking to investments. As a part time Executive Director, I am unable to devote the time required to support Pick as it continues on this path.
My tenure with the Pick Fund has been one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. I am excited to think what new staff leadership can help the Pick Fund achieve.
Statement from the Albert Pick Jr. Fund Board of Directors
A new chapter in Albert Pick Jr. Fund’s history will begin in 2022. Iris Krieg, our Executive Director for over ten years, will be stepping down at the end of 2021.
Iris has ensured that the Fund’s giving remains faithful to the intent of its founders to provide underserved and under-resourced Chicago residents with the tools they need to improve their lives. She has led our efforts to support the growing movement around social justice and racial equity as we have reviewed our grantmaking, Board and staff attitudes, investments, and vendors with the goal of making changes that demonstrates our values.
We’ve been fortunate to have had a leader with a long history working to improve the lives of Chicagoans. Iris has laid the groundwork at the Albert Pick, Jr. Fund to reach new levels of impact. Due to her leadership, we are well-positioned for the future with an inspiring mission and vision, inclusive values, a commitment to equity, a strong organization with a high performing board, and a reputation in the community as a leader.
As Iris leaves the role of Executive Director, the door opens for new energy that will inspire innovation to allow the Fund to build upon our shared vision that Chicago should be a city of hope, safety, and opportunities for those who live here.
The Board of Directors begins the search process this month with the goal of our new Executive Director in place in February 2022. We look forward to sharing updates with you as we move through this transition.
The Board wishes to express our deep gratitude to Iris, and she will be missed. We wish her tremendous success and will cherish her tenure with us.
Shelley A. Davis, President
On behalf of the Board of Directors