For Diverse Nonprofit Fund Development Professionals Serving Diverse Communities.
We're really excited! Ttis year, we've created a Virtual Workshop Series which will be facilitated by BID Planning Committee members in response to our recent call. The 2020 BID Virtual Workshop Series will blend our normal focus on racial equity and professional career development as well as focusing on the challenges of the moment.
The live workshops will be held on Fridays from 10:00 am to 11:30 am Central Standard Time, starting October 9, 2020 and running through October 30, 2020. All workshops will include presentations and conversations. Our popular session "Speed Networking with Funders" will cap the Virtual Workshop Series, with digital tables for up to 15 funders. Registered participations will be able to select up to three 20-minute sessions from the digital tables, which will be marked with the funder's areas of interest.
Price for 2020 Breakin' It Down Workshop Series registration has been reduced in the virtual environment:
- October 9 Workshop. Registration Deadline: 6 pm, October 6, 2020 CLOSED
-October 16 Workshop. Registration Deadline: 6 pm pm, October 12, 2020 CLOSED
- October 23 Workshop. Registration Deadline: 6 pm pm, October 21, 2020 CLOSED
Need-based conference scholarship for nonprofit organizations professionals and students
Breakin' It Down will be sponsoring need-based scholarships for 20 nonprofit professionals and students to attend the 2020 Breakin' It Down Virtual Workshop Series and Speed Networking with Funders. Anyone who is a nonprofit fund development professional or student in the Chicago area is welcome to apply. We especially encourage people from an under-represented group - including people of color, women, LGBTQIA+ people, and people with disabilities - to apply. Applications will be accepted until 8 pm on October 26.
We hope you will spread the help us spread the word and make plans to join us!
*Please note that agenda and speakers are subject to change.
"Learned some new things and met some great people at Breakin' It Down Chicago. I look forward to implementing strategies in Doris & Clara Community Initiative and staying connected with the people I met.
Thankful for opportunity."
- Cheronda Everett
2019 BID Scholarship Recipient
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WORKSHOP 1 - Going Virtual! A Platform Assessment for Reimagined Events
Let’s face it…virtual meetings and events are here to stay, as we go through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. How do you prepare and operate in this new reality - How do you reimagine the in-person experience online? When considering going virtual, what platforms would be viable to use for events? Should you Zoom, GoTo Meeting, Twitch, or HouseParty? In this workshop, we will discuss various types of virtual event platforms, how to tap the power of the online medium, and how to connect with audiences and create successful virtual events.
Pamela Graves, Marketing and Communications Manager - Chicago Community Loan Fund
Registered participants will receive the unique Zoom link on October 7.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WORKSHOP 2 - Open Dialogue: Race, Equity and NPOs of Color
Companies, organizations, and politicians have begun to acknowledge the existence of systematic racism and social injustice. What has that experience been like for NPOs who are predominantly serving people of color and/or a led by color? What are the hopes, pressures, and changes that these NPOs have experienced in the recent months and how can we support one another as we move forward?
Gil Zamora, Director of Development - Mujeres Latinas en Acción
Alejandra Ibañez, Program Officer - Woods Fund Chicago
Deidra Somerville, PhD, Director , Research and Sponsored Programs - Roosevelt University
Registered participants will receive the unique Zoom link on October 12.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WORKSHOP 3 - Self-Care: Peer Counseling and Meditation
While it’s easy to see how nonprofit organizations directly improve the lives of individuals and communities, encouragement and support for the nonprofit professional are often overlooked. Self-care is one of the most undervalued resources for those experiencing difficulties, as a way to find their own problem-solving capabilities and their own way of reaching their goals. In this workshop, we offer a two-fold approach to self-care that includes external (peer counseling) and internal (meditation) practices. We will give a short background on the tenets of peer counseling and meditation; discuss how they can be used as important empowerment tools; provide an opportunity for initial practice; and respond to questions about peer counseling and meditation.
Tekla Syers, Consultant - Syers TA Consulting
Deidra Somerville, PhD, MSW, Director, Research and Sponsored Programs - Roosevelt University
Registered participants will receive the unique Zoom link on October 19.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
SPEED NETWORKING WITH FUNDERS
Each registered participant will have the opportunity to meet philanthropic leaders for approximately 20 minutes and will learn about the foundation's funding priorities, parameters and grant application review process, and then move on to connect with the next philanthropic leader. There will be three "meet and greet" rounds formatted in a small group setting using virtual breakout rooms. We encourage participants to prepare two to three questions they would like to ask and bring with them to the session.
The "Speed Networking with Funders" has been an overwhelmingly popular element at our BID conference featuring area funders, which enable an introduction quick enough for participants to meet philanthropic leaders, but long enough for each session to be valuable. In order to achieve this meaningful goal, the BID Conference has a Non-Solicitation Policy.
Registered participants will receive an email on October 26, to select up to three virtual tables.
They will receive the unique Zoom link by October 28.
The Chicago Community Trust
As our region’s community foundation, The Chicago Community Trust unites generous donors, committed nonprofits and caring residents to effect lasting change that moves our entire region forward. Our approach centers on both tackling the region’s immediate needs and addressing the root causes of deep-seated issues to make a tangible, lasting impact. The Trust’s discretionary grants will fund projects and efforts that align with the priorities in our strategic plan. These grant opportunities may take the form of vehicles like requests for LOI to solicit new ideas and innovation. In addition, the Trust remains committed to being responsive to unexpected community needs and opportunities. Our focus on addressing critical needs for families throughout the Chicago region will involve responsive grants to local nonprofit organizations. www.cct.org
Crossroads Fund supports community organizations working on issues of racial, social and economic justice in the Chicago area. Crossroads Fund leads in the philanthropic sector by supporting innovative organizing models that build strong movements for racial, social and economic justice. By creating relationships between donors, grantees, grassroots groups and community members, we strengthen leadership, build sustainable communities and transform unjust conditions, institutions and policies to create greater equality and opportunity for all. www.crossroadsfund.org
The Field Foundation of Illinois
The Field Foundation aims its grant-making toward the goal of community empowerment through funding nonprofits working in Justice, Art, Media & Storytelling and Leadership Investment. We seek to invest in organizations working to address systemic issues in divested communities. At the center of the Field Foundation’s work is the idea of community empowerment. We want to clarify that we do not claim to “empower” the “powerless,” rather we see many of Chicago’s community-based organizations as immense sources of power that need support. www.fieldfoundation.org
Grand Victoria Foundation
The Grand Victoria Foundation's mission is to empower communities to ensure Illinois is a great place to live and work. We believe people and communities are at the center of social and economic change. Through our funding, we aim to change and improve conditions that persistently hold problems in place. Our grantmaking is organized into five program areas – Economy, Education, Elgin, Engagement, and Environment. For more information, visit www.grandvictoriafdn.org.
Illinois Arts Council Agency
The Illinois Arts Council Agency's mission is to build a strong, creative, and connected Illinois through the arts. The IACA provides public funding to Illinois residents, not-for-profit, tax exempt (501c3) organizations, units of government, and institutions of higher education. Applicants must include proof of eligibility at the time of application. Learn more about the agency at www.arts.illinois.gov.
Mayer and Morris Kaplan Family Foundation
The Mayer and Morris Kaplan Family Foundation is a multi-generational family foundation inspired by a tradition of Tzedakah, lifelong learning, and a commitment to social justice. We are dedicated to advancing educational opportunities for young people and promoting the sustainability of our natural environment. We focus our efforts in Chicago and in communities in which family members live. For more information, visit www.kapfam.com.
MacArthur Foundation (Chicago Commitment)
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges, including advancing global climate solutions, decreasing nuclear risk, promoting local justice reform in the U.S., and reducing corruption in Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria. In addition to the MacArthur Fellows Program and the global 100&Change competition, the Foundation continues its historic commitments to the role of journalism in a responsive democracy as well as the vitality of our headquarters city, Chicago. The MacAthur Foundation's Chicago Commitment goal is to Invest in people, places, and partnerships to advance racial equity and build a more inclusive Chicago. www.macfound.org
Woods Fund Chicago
Woods Fund Chicago seeks to support and promote community organizing and public policy advocacy that advances racial equity and economic justice. The Woods Fund has two types of grants: Core and Special. Core grantmaking makes up the majority of Woods Fund’s annual grants. The Woods Fund board of directors awards core grants two times a year — spring and fall. Special grantmaking is available by invitation only.
Learn more about our foundation at www.woodsfund.org
*Please note that participating funder list is subject to change.
Deborah Clark and Alejandra Ibañez
Networking skills have never been more crucial to ensure success for nonprofit fund development professionals, including those serving traditionally under-represented and underserved communities At the Speed Networking with Funders, take advantage of the opportunity to meet philanthropic leaders for approximately 20 minutes and learn about the foundation's funding priorities, parameters and grant application review process, and then move on to connect with the next philanthropic leader. There will be three "meet and greet" rounds formatted in a small group setting. We encourage participants to prepare two to three questions they would like to ask and bring with them to the session. Nonprofit fund development professionals of all backgrounds are encouraged to attend the 2020 BID Virtual Workshop Series!
Marketing and Communications Manager
Chicago Community Loan Fund
Pamela Graves joined CCLF in 2018 as Marketing and Communications Associate and was promoted in 2019 to Marketing and Communications Manager. In this role, Pam directs the planning, development, and implementation of CCLF’s branding which includes marketing/communications, media relations, public policy and public relations activities.Prior to joining CCLF, Pam served as Editorial Director of three industry print and online trade magazines, and held positions of writing, editorial, print production, design, digital development, special events, and video development for a diverse range of corporations including MetLife Insurance, the Pritzker family’s Marmon Group, greeting card publisher Recycled Paper Greetings, and Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, one of the state of Illinois’ largest pension funds.Pam holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a Master’s degree in Communications from DePaul University. She is an active volunteer with several community organizations, including the Sustainable Furnishings Council and the Imani Pearls Community Development Foundation.
Program Officer - Woods Fund Chicago
Affinity Group: Chicago Latinos in Philanthropy (CLIP)
Alejandra is a Program Officer at Woods Fund Chicago. Prior to her arrival at Woods Fund, she served as the Program Officer at the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation, managing the Foundation’s multi-million dollar Communityworks endowment grant and community program. She managed the Foundation’s largest scholarship program and successfully developed the Foundation’s Nonprofit Excellence program, helping to build the capacity and coordination of its local nonprofit sector.
Before entering the philanthropic sector, Alejandra served as the Executive Director of Pilsen Alliance, a social justice organization committed to developing grassroots leadership in Pilsen and neighboring working-class, immigrant communities in Chicago’s Lower West Side. Alejandra began her community organizing work in Chicago’s West Town community in the early 1990s, advocating and organizing alongside neighborhood leaders to elevate their voices and power through local school councils, and then later in her role as Chief of Staff to Sonia Silva, the first Latina state representative in the Illinois House of Representatives.
Alejandra was born in Chile and moved to the United States with her family in the 1970s. After spending most of her childhood on the East Coast, Alejandra and her family moved to Chicago in the late 1980s and continue to call it home. She holds a Masters in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from DePaul University.
DEIDRA SOMERVILLE, PhD, MSW
Director, Research and Sponsored Programs - Roosevelt University
Affinity Group: Blacks In Development (BID)
Deidra Somerville is a mother, scholar and healer whose work is intentional in coop development, healing from trauma, and advancing decolonized principles and practices in organizational spaces. Her workshop titled, “The Master’s Tools Will Not Dismantle the Master’s House: Organizations As Tools for Community Empowerment”, presented at the Society Community Research in Action launched her current interest in developing strategies that support structural change within nonprofits serving communities. Seminars taught at Forefront, the Breakin' It Down Conference, and Axelson Center have further evolved her thinking and work around the ways that structural oppression and racism impede the work of nonprofit organizations. Her dissertation work, examining the strategies and networks of Black maternal activists in Chicago, has given her insight into the challenges, opportunities, and possibilities for communities to use disruptive practices while working with established systems to improve the quality of life in communities.
Deidra has worked as a fundraiser for more than 25 years and currently works as a grant and research administrator at Roosevelt University.
Consultant - Syers TA Consulting
Affinity Group: Blacks In Development (BID)
Tekla Syers is a semi-retired consultant to nonprofit organizations, providing fund development, strategic planning, and board development services to education, religious, and social service organizations. Prior to consulting, Syers served as vice president of the Institute of Food Technologists Foundation. Syers began her nonprofit career with youth service organizations, moving from community organizer to director of educational services, and on to director of development. She is a licensed teacher at her church. She currently serves on the board of Meditative Life Ministries and the community advisory board of the University of Chicago LUCENT Program.
Syers is a smitten grandmother and an avid student and teacher of metaphysics.
Director of Development - Mujeres Latinas en Acción
Affinity Group: Latinos in Development (LID)
Originally from California, Gil has a wealth of experience in the nonprofit sector, beginning at seventeen years-old when he started as an AmeriCorps Member at Jumpstart San Francisco. Since then, Gil has overseen programs, grant management, directing events, as well as planning, marketing, and executing successful fundraising campaigns. Previously, Gil was at HealthConnect One, a national nonprofit that works to address racial and social inequity in maternal and child health by establishing and sustaining community health worker programs across the country.
Gil moved to Chicago to pursue his Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Roosevelt University, which he completed in 2010. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Nonprofit Administration at North Park University, where he just completed his Certificate in Fundraising Management. He recently had poetry and prose published in literary journals, including Coe Review, Carnival and Inlandia Journal. Gil is a dedicated Tio to his nieces and nephew. He has a passion for music, good coffee, and fitness, especially running.
Gil strongly believes that the programming and services offered is vital to women and their families in Chicago. He is especially motivated by the organization’s commitment to Latina leadership development, believing that in the current national political landscape, advocating for real change in our communities will require strong, vocal leaders and that representation truly does matter.