Civic & Cultural Vitality Grants

2015 ANNUAL REPORT

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To maintain Chicago’s status as a leading global city—which in turn reinforces economic development—The Chicago Community Trust is investing in the strength of its arts and nonprofit sectors, seeking to improve the relationships among its increasingly diverse population and encouraging good government practices.

In fiscal year 2015, the Trust awarded $10,806,025 in grants to support this priority.

  • Arts & Culture

    STRENGTHENING ARTISTIC AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY

    Albany Park Theater Festival
    $30,000 for the Learning Curve production in collaboration with Goodman Theatre

    American Theater Company
    $75,000 for collaboration with the National Public Housing Museum to continue the impact of The Project(s) as a vehicle for public education and dialogue around public housing

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    $60,000 for the Front Porch Project, a place-making project in South Chicago

    Beverly Arts Center
    $50,000 for the Louis Armstrong Festival, including an exhibition in collaboration with Court Theatre and the Louis Armstrong Education Foundation/House Museum

    Chicago Children’s Theatre
    $25,000 for A Light in The Dark

    Chicago History Museum
    $40,000 for the Chicago Authored exhibition and public programs

    Chicago Theatre Group, Goodman Theatre
    $25,000 for Learning Curve in collaboration with Albany Park Theater

    Columbia College Chicago
    $15,000 for the Resilience Project, a collaboration with the Joe Good Performance Group, that reflects the experience of veterans with disabilities and trains local dance therapists

    Concordia University Chicago
    $15,000 for new arts and aging programming with Soul Sisters musical theater

    Court Theatre Fund
    $50,000 for the Louis Armstrong Festival, including the production of Satchmo at
    The Waldorf and related collaborations

    Crossing Borders Music Collective
    $10,000 for a multidisciplinary project on the origin and evolution of Vodou zombies

    Ensemble Español
    $35,000 for its 40th anniversary festival featuring Spanish choreographers Angel Rojas and Carlos Rodriguez in workshops and performances

    Field Museum of Natural History
    $25,000* for a touring exhibition and the knowledge exchange program

    Genesis Theatrical Productions
    $25,000 for the Urban Theater’s plays of Latino life and history during its 10th anniversary season

    Governors State University Center for Performing Arts
    $50,000 for the Made in Chicago series

    Hyde Park Jazz Festival
    $20,000 for a collaboration with the Rebuild Foundation on the Dorchester Stories project

    I Paint My Mind
    $15,000 for the Shared Walls expansion program to transform public spaces through temporary art exhibitions

    Illinois Humanities Council
    $25,000 for a series of performances and facilitated dialogue about diversity by under-represented artists

    Indo-American Heritage Museum
    $10,000 for an oral history collections initiative to preserve immigrant stories.

    Institute for Therapy through the Arts
    $50,000 for the therapy program

    Lira Ensemble
    $10,000 for the holiday concert

    Live the Spirit Residency
    $12,000 for the 2015 Englewood Jazz Festival, including professional public relations consulting

    Logan Square Chamber of Arts
    $15,000 for the Logan Square Chamber of Arts collaboration with Two Lights Theatre Company to create the series Art Forms in Flux

    Lyric Opera of Chicago
    $50,000 for the community-based component of its Chicago Voices initiative

    Main Street Opera
    $10,000 for the Open Voices, Open Hearts: Opera Opens Up project, bringing main stage operas to the Tri-Village area

    National Public Housing Museum
    $25,000 for a collaboration with the American Theater Company to continue the impact of The Project(s) as a vehicle for public education and dialogue around public housing

    Neo-Futurists
    $22,000 for NeoAccess, a collaboration with Victory Gardens Theater, to engage performers with disabilities in the creative process and perform the work in an accessible venue for an inclusive audience

    New Music Chicago
    $25,000 for the Ear Taxi Festival in October 2016, featuring Chicago-based new music

    North Shore Performing Arts Center Foundation in Skokie
    $40,000 for diversification of its audience through relevant programming and professional consulting

    Oracle Productions
    $15,000 for a co-production of Romeo and Juliet: The Vineyard, reinterpreting societal inequities

    Paramount Arts Centre
    $40,000 for the Fiestas Patrias festival

    Pegasus Theatre Chicago
    $20,000 for Rutherford’s Travels, a stage adaptation of Charles Johnson’s The Middle Passage

    Preston Bradley Center
    $10,000 for exhibition and documentary screening

    Project Onward
    $25,000 for When I Paint My Masterpiece Showcase, a collaborative multimedia series featuring adult artists with mental and developmental disabilities

    Ron De Jesus Dance
    $10,000 for the world premiere of the original ballet Osiris and Isis at the Logan Center, in collaboration with the Oriental Institute

    Sones de Mexico Ensemble
    $15,000 for a new performance and educational programs for Fiestas Patrias 2016

    Trickster Art Gallery
    $40,000 for a Native American exhibit and knowledge exchange program

    University of Illinois at Chicago,
    Inter-University Program for Latino Research

    $40,000 for the Latino Art Now programming

    Subtotal $1,074,000


    ARTS LEARNING

    ABJ Community Services
    $50,000 for its Hip Hop Hello entrepreneurship program for teens as part of the Arts Infusion Initiative

    After School Matters
    $75,000* for an assessment and professional development of at least 40 community-based teaching artists who provide out-of-school programs in underserved communities

    Barrel of Monkeys Productions
    $40,000 for an arts education program in Chicago Public Schools

    Better Boys Foundation
    $50,000* for teen art labs, including film, literature, beat, tap and knit, as part of the Arts Infusion Initiative

    Cerqua Rivera Art Experience
    $26,000* for theatre and dance programs at Rudy Lozano Alternative High School in Little Village as part of the Arts Infusion Initiative

    Changing Worlds
    $50,000 for school-based arts and culture programs

    Chicago Children’s Choir
    $40,000* for a choral music education program

    Chicago Lights
    $65,000* for the Free Write Jail Arts programs at the Juvenile Detention Center

    Chicago Shakespeare Theater
    $30,000* for a drama-based educational program

    Children First Fund: The Chicago Public Schools Foundation
    $200,000* for the design, development and authorization phase of a new Digital Arts Career Academy

    Free Spirit Media
    $60,000* for media arts and journalism programs in North Lawndale as part of the Arts Infusion Initiative

    Hyde Park Art Center
    $50,000* for the visual arts education program

    Jazz Institute of Chicago
    $65,000 for The Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Stage at the Chicago Jazz Fest

    The Joffrey Ballet
    $50,000 for the Community Engagement Program

    Kuumba Lynx
    $25,000 for coaching to 15 Arts Infusion grant recipients

    Kuumba Lynx
    $50,000 for Hip-Hop programs for teens

    Latinos Progresando
    $15,000 for the theatre and production program for Little Village teens as part of the Arts Infusion Initiative

    Links Hall
    $50,000 for the launch of the Chi-Dance Youth Showcase as part of the 2015 Chicago Dancing Festival

    Literature for All of Us
    $40,000* for book groups at Second Chance Alternative High School as part of the Arts Infusion Initiative

    Little Kids Rock
    $30,000* for a music education program in Chicago Public Schools

    Marwen Foundation
    $40,000* for the Bridges: Partners in Music Program in selected West Side schools

    Merit School of Music
    $25,000* for the Bridges: Partners in Music Program in selected West Side schools

    National Guild for Community Arts Education
    $200,000 for commissioning and oversight of an evaluation of the Arts Infusion Initiative

    Northwestern University, Center for
    Civic Engagement

    $47,000* for digital music instruction and mentoring at the Juvenile Detention Center and the sharing of its research findings as part of the Arts Infusion Initiative

    Peace and Education Coalition of Back of the Yards, New City
    $50,000* for visual, theatre, film and music production programs as part of the Arts Infusion Initiative

    SkyART
    $40,000* for the School SmARTs program

    Storycatchers Theatre
    $40,000* for the musical theatre program at the Cook County Detention Center as part of the Arts Infusion Juvenile Initiative

    Young Chicago Authors
    $50,000* for poetry writing and performance workshops at Rudy Lozano Alternative High School and the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center

    Subtotal $1,553,000


    CAPACITY BUILDING FOR THE SECTOR

    Arts & Business Council of Chicago
    $182,000 for a smARTscope assessment process and launching of cohort 3 SMART Growth program and completion of an evaluation report on cohort 2

    The Chicago Community Foundation/Arts Work Fund
    $250,000 for capacity-building grant making efforts

    Chicago Sinfonietta
    $25,000 for the Project Inclusion Conductor Fellowship program

    City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
    $100,000 for the TRACK program

    Cultural Data Project
    $40,000 for online tool, training and research

    President and Fellows of Harvard College
    $100,000 for the development and launch of Sustain Arts in Metro Chicago

    Illinois Arts Alliance
    $70,000 for statewide advocacy and use of data to guide and monitor cultural vitality

    Inner-City Muslim Action Network
    $40,000* for the second year of professional development for young adults of color pursuing careers in the commercial arts

    Loyola University Chicago
    $90,000 for professional development of Arts Infusion teaching artists

    Street-Level Youth Media
    $50,000* for The Launching Pad, a professional development program for young adults pursuing careers in the media arts

    Subtotal $947,000


    RESPONSIVE – ARTS

    Chicago Dancemakers Forum
    $150,000 for the Break-out Campaign

    Chicago Humanities Festival
    $300,000 to develop, produce and present its annual festival in collaboration with The Chicago Community Trust as part of The Chicago Community Trust’s Centennial

    Chicago Humanities Festival
    $25,000 for a lecture program in conjunction with the celebration of The Chicago Community Trust’s 100th anniversary

    Chicago Public Library Foundation
    $150,000 to develop, produce and present its One Book, One Chicago program with The Chicago Community Trust as part of The Chicago Community Trust’s Centennial

    Collectors Club of Chicago
    $11,600 toward publication costs of The Prestamp Period of El Salvador (1525-1886)

    Congo Square Theater Company
    $1,000 for general operating support

    Donors Forum
    $25,000 for work with cultural funders and stakeholders to create an inventory, gap analysis and framework related to data in the nonprofit, for-profit, public and informal arts

    Grantmakers in the Arts
    $2,000 for Chicago Capitalization Workshop support

    Innovation Foundation
    $250,000 for Chicago Ideas Week to develop, produce and present its annual festival in collaboration with The Chicago Community Trust

    Old Town School of Folk Music
    $25,000 for the Iron Heart Chicago Project

    The Chicago Community Foundation/Smart Chicago
    $60,000 for transition support of arts infusion and related youth-development strategies

    StoryCorps
    $150,000 to record, share and preserve stories of diverse Chicago residents and highlight the 100-year legacy of The Chicago Community Trust, its grant recipients and donors as part of The Chicago Community Trust’s Centennial

    The Ciesla Foundation
    $25,000 for costs associated with the completion of the film Rosenwald

    United States Artists
    $25,000 for the launch of the Artist Assembly program

    Subtotal $1,199,600


    TOTAL ARTS AND CULTURE $4,773,600

    *Grants made from the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust

  • Civic Vitality

    STRENGTHENING NONPROFIT PERFORMANCE AND PUBLIC SECTOR GOVERNANCE

    Association of Fundraising Professionals Chicago Chapter
    $20,000 for the 2015 Annual Association of Fundraising Professionals luncheon

    Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management
    $25,000 for the Axelson Center’s 16th Annual Symposium and for the BootCamp for New Nonprofit CEOs

    Chicago Foundation for Women
    $25,000 for a study and publicity around
    nonprofit mergers

    Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
    $60,000* for technical assistance to the
    nonprofit sector

    Community Foundation of Northern Illinois Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations
    $12,500 for Endow Illinois

    Conciencia Ventures
    $80,000 for development of collaborative fundraising for Latino service organizations

    Concordia Place
    $50,000* for the development of private pay child care centers to offset costs of serving subsidized children

    Donors Forum
    $105,000 for the Transformation Fund and general operating support

    Donors Forum
    $5,000 for the Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy annual program and awards ceremony

    Executive Service Corps of Chicago
    $50,000* for consulting to metropolitan Chicago nonprofits

    Forest Preserve Foundation
    $25,000 for organizational development

    Goodcity
    $75,000* for the Force For Good neighborhood-based organizations with administrative support

    HCP of Illinois
    $75,000 for development of a housing desegregation consulting social enterprise

    Housing Forward
    $22,500 for acquisition of Prevail of Illinois

    Housing Opportunities for Women
    $60,000 for a back-office collaboration with three homeless providers

    Illinois Action for Children
    $250,000 for a capacity-building initiative

    Illinois Latino Family Commission
    $80,000 for adjustment of Latino-based organizations to the Affordable Care Act and other funding reforms

    Independent Sector
    $25,000 for a community conversation in Chicago

    Independent Sector
    $17,500 for general operating support

    LAF
    $10,000 for consulting for generation of fees from SSA cases

    Lumity
    $40,000* for general operating support

    Metropolitan Family Services
    $20,000 for the acquisition of the Parenting Fundamentals Program

    Metropolitan Family Services
    $125,000* for the development of a modern health records system

    Raise the Floor Alliance
    $88,000 for the development of a federated fundraising system for member worker centers

    Restoring the Path
    $20,000 for the Crushers Club

    South Suburban Training and Rehabilitation Services
    $40,000 for its merger with New Hope Center

    Tapfound, dba Taproot
    $35,000* for general operating support

    The Ciesla Foundation
    $50,000 for the completion of the production of the film Rosenwald

    Trustees of Boston College
    $5,000 for the work of the Boston College Law School Forum on Philanthropy and the Public Good

    Working in the Schools
    $11,000 for costs associated with its merger
    with Boundless Readers

    Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Chicago
    $2,500 for the Leadership Institute

    Subtotal $1,509,000


    LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

    The Chicago Community Foundation
    $50,000 for the Financial Services Pipeline Initiative

    Chicago Cares
    $50,000 for the development of a community-based volunteer program

    Chicago Cares
    $25,000 for the One Summer Chicago program

    Chicago Foundation for Women
    $25,000 for the Cultivate Leadership: Women of Color program

    Chicago Foundation for Women
    $75,000* for implementing a civic plan for women and girls

    Chicago United
    $75,000* for a program to develop and retain young minority business talent

    Chicago United
    $25,000 for phase 1 of the Chicago United Fellowship program

    Chicago Urban League
    $75,000 for the IMPACT Leadership Development Program

    Chicago Women’s Health Center
    $30,000 for The Chicago Community Trust Fellowship awarded to Jess Kane

    EverThrive Illinois
    $30,000 for The Chicago Community Trust Fellowship awarded to Janine Lewis

    Future Leaders of Chicago
    $65,000 for leadership development programming

    Gads Hill Center
    $60,000 for The Chicago Community Trust Fellowship awarded to Maricela Garcia

    Heartland Human Care Services
    $60,000 for The Chicago Community Trust Fellowship awarded to David Sinski

    Illinois Arts Alliance
    $30,000 for The Chicago Community Trust Fellowship awarded to Ra Joy

    Inner-City Computer Stars Foundation/i.c. stars
    $60,000 for The Chicago Community Trust Fellowship awarded to Sandee Kastrul

    Latin United Community Housing Association
    $30,000 for The Chicago Community Trust Fellowship awarded to Juan Carlos Linares

    Latino Policy Forum
    $125,000 for leadership development programming

    Leadership Greater Chicago
    $100,000* for the ongoing implementation of the Fellows program and strategic planning

    Mujeres Latinas En Accion
    $60,000 for the The Chicago Community Trust Fellowship awarded to Maria Pesqueira

    University of Chicago – Office of Civic Engagement
    $300,000* for the Civic Leadership Academy’s continued implementation

    Subtotal $1,350,000


    HUMAN RELATIONS

    American Bar Foundation
    $20,000 for a race-equity initiative

    Center for Tax and Budget Accountability
    $75,000 for a study of fiscal and budget policies

    The Chicago Community Foundation
    $10,000 for matching support of the Give, Get, Grow Challenge for the Asian Giving Circle

    The Chicago Community Foundation
    $200,000 for assistance to undocumented immigrants through legal service aid, civic engagement and capacity building for the service sector through the Illinois Immigration Funders Collaborative

    The Chicago Community Trust
    $25,000 to update Renewing the Commitment: An ADA Compliance Guide for Nonprofits

    The Chicago Community Trust
    $162,500 for the Leadership Institute for People with Disabilities

    The Chicago Community Trust
    $25,000 for the LGBT Community Fund

    Chicago Jobs Council
    $25,000 for the launch of the African-American Policy (Think Tank) Institute through The State of Black Chicago Public Policy Institute

    City of Chicago Office of the Mayor
    $5,000 for tuition costs for Commissioner Karen Tamley’s participation in University of California at Los Angeles’ Multidimensional Leaders program

    Community Activism Law Alliance
    $20,000 for an additional attorney for the legal clinic

    Enlace Chicago
    $25,000 for immigration programs

    Erie Neighborhood House
    $12,000 for legal services

    Human Rights Watch
    $25,000 for the Summit in Chicago

    Illinois Business Immigration Coalition
    $80,000 for the Pass Commonsense Immigration Reform campaign

    Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and
    Refugee Rights

    $150,000 to work on comprehensive immigration reform, capacity building and service delivery system design through their Illinois is Ready Campaign

    Inner-City Muslim Action Network
    $75,000 for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial project

    Korean American Resource and Cultural Center
    $8,000 for outreach and education support for immigrants eligible for DACA relief

    Latino Policy Forum
    $50,000 for immigration outreach, training and technical-assistance program

    Latinos Progresando
    $5,000 for MEX Talks, a one-day speaker series highlighting the state of Mexicans in Chicago

    Mujeres Latinas En Accion
    $10,000 for immigration services

    National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities
    $20,000 for the Leadership Assembly and Regional Conference The Americas: Challenges and Opportunities Across Borders to be held in Chicago

    P.A.S.O.- West Suburban Action Project
    $10,000 for immigration services

    Southwest Organizing Project
    $15,000 for the expansion of current organizing work around immigrant advocacy and policy change and for legal services

    Subtotal $1,052,500


    ENSURE POLICY MAKERS & RESIDENTS ARE INFORMED & ENGAGED

    Chicago House and Social Service Agency $75,000 for a campaign to raise resources to support homeless and low-income LGBTQ people

    Civic Consulting Alliance
    $250,000* for general operating support to assist local government with program implementation

    Civic Federation
    $90,000 for work with Cook County to incorporate all land into municipalities

    Illinois Partners for Human Service
    $25,000 for research on the economic value of human services in Illinois.

    Thrive Chicago
    $50,000* for the Thrive Chicago initiative

    Thrive Chicago
    $100,000* for the collective impact strategy for youth service provision

    Subtotal $590,000


    SUN-TIMES MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM

    Academy for Urban School Leadership
    $12,500 for general operating support

    Accelerate Institute
    $12,500 for general operating support

    Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago
    $12,500 for general operating support

    Adler Planetarium
    $5,000 for general operating support

    After School Matters
    $25,000 for general operating support

    Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association Greater Illinois Chapter
    $2,500 for general operating support

    American Ireland Fund
    $17,500 for general operating support

    American Red Cross
    $12,500 for general operating support

    Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation
    $25,000 for general operating support

    Barbara Bates Foundation
    $2,500 for general operating support

    Better Government Association
    $25,000 for general operating support

    Black Ensemble Theatre Corporation
    $750 for general operating support

    Camp Kesem National
    $2,500 for general operating support

    Casa Central
    $12,500 for general operating support

    Center on Halsted
    $7,500 for general operating support

    Chicago Academy of Sciences
    $12,500 for general operating support

    Chicago Council on Global Affairs
    $12,500 for general operating support

    Chicago Cubs Charities
    $25,000 for general operating support

    Chicago Debate Commission
    $2,500 for general operating support

    Chicago Foundation for Women
    $12,500 for general operating support

    Chicago Gateway Green
    $7,500 for general operating support

    Chicago High School for the Arts
    $2,500 for general operating support

    Chicago History Museum
    $12,500 for general operating support

    Chicago Public Library Foundation
    $25,000 for general operating support

    Chicago Says No More
    $5,000 for general operating support

    Chicago Theatre Group, Goodman Theatre
    $12,500 for general operating support

    Chicago Zoological Society
    $12,500 for general operating support

    Childrens Place Association
    $5,000 for general operating support

    City Year Chicago
    $5,000 for general operating support

    Clearbrook Center
    $25,000 for general operating support

    Erie Neighborhood House
    $2,500 for general operating support

    Erikson Institute
    $25,000 for general operating support

    Field Museum of Natural History
    $25,000 for general operating support

    Free Spirit Media
    $2,500 for general operating support

    Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    $2,500 for general operating support

    Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago &
    Northwest Indiana

    $7,500 for general operating support

    Grant Park Orchestral Association
    $2,500 for general operating support

    Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
    $27,675 for general operating support

    Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
    $12,500 for general operating support

    Hyde Park Art Center
    $12,500 for general operating support

    Illinois Action for Children
    $2,500 for general operating support

    Illinois Arts Alliance
    $2,500 for general operating support

    Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and
    Refugee Rights

    $2,500 for general operating support

    Illinois Patriot Education Fund
    $2,500 for general operating support

    Jackson Chance Foundation
    $2,500 for general operating support

    Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
    Illinois Chapter

    $5,000 for general operating support

    La Casa Norte
    $2,500 for general operating support

    La Rabida Children’s Hospital and
    Research Center

    $5,000 for general operating support

    Latino Policy Forum
    $2,500 for general operating support

    Leadership Greater Chicago
    $12,500 for general operating support

    Little City Foundation
    $7,500 for general operating support

    Lyric Opera of Chicago
    $25,000 for general operating support

    Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
    $12,500 for general operating support

    Mercy Home For Boys and Girls Mission of
    Our Lady of Mercy

    $12,500 for general operating support

    Merit School of Music
    $5,000 for general operating support

    Museum of Science and Industry
    $25,000 for general operating support

    National Multiple Sclerosis Society
    $5,000 for general operating support

    National Museum of Mexican Art
    $5,000 for general operating support

    Ounce of Prevention Fund
    $5,000 for general operating support

    Pathways Foundation
    $25,000 for general operating support

    Puerto Rican Arts Alliance
    $2,500 for general operating support

    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
    $7,500 for general operating support

    Rush University Medical Center
    $5,000 for general operating support

    Snow City Arts Foundation
    $2,500 for general operating support

    Special Olympics Illinois
    $12,500 for general operating support

    Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
    $12,500 for general operating support

    Urban Initiatives
    $12,500 for general operating support

    WINGS Program
    $25,000 for general operating support

    Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago
    $7,500 for general operating support

    Youth Service Project
    $2,500 for general operating support

    Subtotal $730,925


    SPECIAL INITIATIVES

    The Chicago Community Foundation
    $200,000 for general operations and grant making by the Nuestro Futuro Steering Committee

    The Chicago Community Foundation
    $200,000 for general operations and grant making by the African American Legacy Board of Advisors

    The Community Foundation of Will County
    $175,000 for general operating support

    The Lake County Community Foundation
    $225,000 for general operating support

    Subtotal $800,000


    TOTAL CIVIC VITALITY $6,032,425

    *Grants made from the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust

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