Illinois grantmaker shares inspiring stories of progress towards equity 2 years into its new funding strategy.
“At the heart of our work have been these central questions: Is racial equity in philanthropy even possible? Can the fallacy of philanthropic expertise fall away to create room for the nonprofit visionary to lead? In a city of such exquisite design – from bold architecture to systemic racism – can we ask more of ourselves in philanthropy, listen more, talk less, focus on areas that have been disinvested in and lift the powerful organizations that have grown in spite of… that disinvestment?”
— Angelique Power, President, The Field Foundation of Illinois, 2017-18 Biennial Report
When Angelique Power became CEO of The Field Foundation of Illinois more than 2 years ago, she helped the institution embark on a new path, to change “how we fund, who we fund, how we measure our work and our worth.” The foundation pledged to direct:
Through its Justice and Leadership Investment portfolios, the foundation funds community organizing and advocacy among these constituencies, helping historically under-resourced neighborhoods exert power to reshape the systems that perpetuate inequity.
Field’s biennial report captures some of the stories of impact emerging from these investments, affording a birds-eye view of power-building grantmaking in practice:
Lisa Ranghelli (@lisa_rang) is NCRP’s senior director of assessment and special projects.