Impact Chicago

Sharing Effective Strategies for Community Change

Impact Chicago donor briefings offer an inside look at philanthropy in action. Civic officials, community activists and the Trust’s grant making staff lead an in-depth conversation on urgent social problems, exploring what the trends are, what’s working and how donors can invest in strategies showing real impact.

Previous Impact Chicago events have explored these and other topics drawn from our donors’ areas of interest:

  • gun violence in Chicago
  • the impact of Common Core state standards on our schools
  • competitive workforce development for the region
  • sharing values across generations through family philanthropy

To learn more about Impact Chicago events, or about how the Trust can help you make your impact, please contact Kathy Pope, assistant director of donor services.

  • Rebuilding Our Communities: February 4, 2015

    On the agenda: An exploration of how the Trust is bolstering homeownership and affordable housing as crucial pillars of stable, thriving communities. Grant making supports agencies that help struggling homeowners stave off foreclosure, promote homeownership and put vacant homes back into productive use by providing housing counseling that covers the purchasing process, foreclosure prevention and financial literacy. Panelists: Terry Mazany, president and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust; Brandon Thorne, associate program officer at The Chicago Community Trust; and Geoff Smith, executive director of the Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University.

    Guests at Impact Chicago - Rebuilding Our Communities

    View the panel’s slide show to experience the event.

    Download the Rebuilding Communities Fact Sheet to learn about community revitalization and stabilization in the Chicago region.

  • The Seamless City: April 2, 2014
    On the agenda: A thought-provoking exploration of the future of sustainable transportation in Chicago, where investments in bicycling and walking will rival those for automobiles and transit. Our panel of urban planning visionaries will update donors about transportation’s role in creating a clean and equitable city, while helping Chicago retain a high-profile position in the global marketplace. Panelists: George A. Ranney Jr., president of Metropolis Strategies; Joseph P. Schwieterman, Ph.D., professor of public service management at DePaul University; and Peter Skosey, executive vice president of Metropolitan Planning Council.
    Moderated by: Michael Davidson, senior program officer.

    Guests at Impact Chicago - The Seamless City

    View the panel’s slide show to experience the event.
    Download the Seamless City Fact Sheet to learn about sustainable transit in the Chicago region.