External Resources

The Chicago Racial Justice Pooled Fund - Now Accepting Applications

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.

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Nonprofit Capacity Building Program 

Deadline July 29, 2022 at 11:59 AM.

The City of Chicago launched the Nonprofit Capacity Building Program to support nonprofit organizations interested in applying for recovery programs.  The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) will provide funding to multiple for-profit and/or non-profit organizations to design and implement technical assistance and capacity building services for disproportionately impacted nonprofit organizations. The focus is on designing programs for nonprofits operating in low-to-moderate income areas and those with budgets less than $1 million.  

1.    Category 1: Readiness Summits -- quarterly day-long convenings consisting of morning plenary sessions on best practices, common mistakes, upcoming opportunities plus afternoon group workshops/clinics on specific capacity building topics (up to $300,000)
2.    Category 2: Application Assistance -- ongoing, in-depth application assistance group workshops and 1:1 coaching sessions on specific topics (up to $350,000)
3.    Category 3: Community-Based Outreach -- grassroots outreach to disproportionately impacted nonprofits to build awareness around City programming and to engage and prepare nonprofits to apply for programs (up to $25,000)


Want to learn more? Attend an info session July 12, 2022 at 1 PM. Register here.

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Racial Equity Cohort for Nonprofit Leaders

Compass can help nonprofit leaders be more intentional about DEI for themselves and their organizations. Any nonprofit leaders who need help developing custom DEI goals or an actionable DEI plan for their organization can apply to Compass's DEI Cohort program. 
This fall, Compass is offering two DEI cohorts for nonprofit CEOs/Executive Directors, facilitated by Dr. Jeanne Holmes of RiskVersity, with individual topics led by DEI professionals from across the country. Cohort participants will walk away with a full DEI assessment of their organization, prioritized DEI goals, and an implementable DEI plan. 
Additional benefits include:
•    5 hours of one-on-one guidance/mentoring from a DEI expert
•    A supportive peer group of fellow nonprofit CEOs/Executive Directors
•    Access to other Compass resources, including their annual Sorkin Summit

Each cohort will meet for ten 90-minute Zoom sessions between August 31, 2022 and January 18, 2023. The $2,500 program fee includes all cohort sessions, one-on-one mentoring, assessment tools, and materials.
Learn more about the program and application process HERE. Applications are due by July 15, 2022.