Advancing Racial Equity In Philanthropy, Non-Profit, and Fundraising
In March 2020, no one could have anticipated or even thought how different the world would look one year later. During this time, the Breakin' It Down planning committee reached out to our constituents of nonprofit, fundraising , and philanthropy professionals and community advocates by creating virtual programs that focused on effective communication and engagement, organizational and individual mental health and wellbeing, and crisis-resilience. The global pandemic has transformed the nonprofit fund development profession in ways none of us could have imagined. Its impact and evolving challenges are deep and pervasive, and demand a strategic and skillful response.
In 2021, Breakin' It Down takes up the question of going beyond "back to normal." Join us in exploring the theme "Resilience and Re-Imagining Tomorrow." Together with nonprofit industry and community leaders, we will examine how we can use this moment to re-imagine current practices and build resilience with intention.
*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
BID Scholarship Recipient
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2021
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM - PLENARY PANEL
Registered participants will receive the unique Zoom link following registration but no later than October 20.
Marketing + Social Impact: How To tell Stories That Uphold The Dignity Of Communities
One of the consistent and critically important challenges in the charitable sector, particularly for charities working with vulnerable populations, is the tension between the drive to fundraise in a way that will maximize donation dollars vs. the vital importance of demonstrating need in a way that supports the communities we work with in the long term. Frequently, this comes from a feeling that the most “powerful” images are the ones that generate feelings of sadness, pity or guilt — which are often the images that simultaneously perpetuate cultural stereotypes, reinforce white savior complexes or remove agency. The drive to raise donation dollars can feel at odds with how we must operate to support the communities we work with, which means that what many fundraisers and charitable organizations face becomes a functional and an ethical dilemma which can lead to inconsistent and ineffective fundraising marketing. So, the question is, how can we, as fundraisers, reconcile this dilemma within ourselves and our organizations? How can we create and curate content that is effective and also responsible? Because responsible fundraising does not need to come at the expense of strong fundraising results.
Join Jess Myers, Fundraising Content Officer at Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF), and Mo Waja, marketing storytelling expert and Fundraising Strategist & Digital Integration Specialist at Blakely, for a practical exploration of an intentional, responsible approach to fundraising storytelling, including an approach to help charities develop content in a way that avoids exploitation and a functional tool to help charities self-assess their own material for exploitative content.
Jess Myers, Fundraising Content Officer - Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Canada
Mo Waja, Marketing Storytelling Expert and Fundraising Strategist & Digital Integration Specialist - Blakely (Ontario, Canada)
11:00 - 11:45 AM - WORKSHOPS
Registered participants will receive the unique Zoom link following registration but no later than October 20.
WORKSHOP 1 - Corporate Giving Through A Racial Equity Lens: How Corporate Funders Are Addressing Structural Racism & Racial Inequity
Joan Garvey Lundgren, Senior Director of Resource Development - The Chicago Community Trust
Steven Shaw, Community Engagement Director - Verizon
Public policy, government regulations and oftentimes philanthropy has contributed to structural barriers that have created racial inequalities that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest. The growing wealth gap between the affluent and every day citizens is stifling economic progress for most people. Many corporations are looking for strong nonprofit partners that can help create wealth for more people of color and remove barriers to diversity, equity and inclusion. This session will provide examples of how some local companies are working with grantees to advance racial equity and be a catalyst for social change.
The workshop will be led by Joan Garvey Lundgren, Senior Director of Resource Development for The Chicago Community Trust, and Steven Shaw, Community Engagement Director at Verizon.
WORKSHOP 2 - Youth Leaders of Tomorrow – What Non Profits and Foundations Can Learn About Systems Change
Tony Alvarado-Rivera, Executive Director - Chicago Freedom School
Carlil Pittman, Founder and Executive Director - Goodkids Madcity
While foundations and nonprofits in the United States are well-intentioned, their history is full of examples of how power is condensed and perpetuates systems of racial oppression - made more glaring because of the COVID-19 crisis. Over the course of the pandemic, communities of color were disproportionately impacted, compounding racial disparities. In that time, we witnessed the horrific death of George Floyd, which compelled a reckoning with the legacy of White supremacy in American society. Foundations and nonprofits are also facing an inflection point and challenged to confront the racial inequity in the sector and its funding priorities, and in society. The sectors cannot afford to repeat the same formula and expect different results. In seeking to move beyond the status quo, foundations and nonprofits are looking at how emerging young leaders are addressing the work towards racial equity and justice and systems change. In this session, we speak directly with youth leaders and those who have supported their empowerment to advance the conversation about structural inequities.
Join Tony Alvarado-Rivera, Executive Director of the Chicago Freedom School, and Carlil Pittman, Founder and Executive Director of Goodkids Madcity, as they engage in a conversation about the challenges and hopes of the sectors. They will discuss how foundations and nonprofits, as they rethink how they invest their resources, must start by better understanding the challenges historically-marginalized communities face and how to support and lift current and emerging leaders from these communities.
WORKSHOP 3 - Budgeting For Change
Angela Dowell, Chief FInancial Officer - Chicago Community Loan Fund
The impact of COVID-19 has left many organizations across the nation struggling to adapt and operate with limited access to resources. But this crisis also presents a unique opportunity for nonprofit organizations to re-envision reality; re-imagine their mission, vision, and programs; and pivot to better serve their constituents and communities. Fiscal management plays a vital role in aligning strategies and pinpointing critical areas of the organization necessary to carry out and sustain its mission for years to come.
This workshop will be led by Angela Dowell, Chief Financial Officer of the Chicago Community Loan Fund. You will learn how to develop a budget aligned with organizational strategic goals, features of effective nonprofit organizational budgets, and how to manage and evaluate programmatic budgets in a straightforward way. This workshop is designed for the nonfinancial manager and anyone with budget responsibilities who are interested in developing or improving their budget planning skills.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2021
Registered participants will receive an email with unique ZOOM link following registration but no later than October 27
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 "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.
Each year the Breakin' It Down Committee brings individuals to our conference who focus on areas of nonprofit, fundraising, and philanthropy.
We are very pleased for 2021 to present our participants with distinguished industry leaders.
Fundraising Content Officer
Doctors Without Borders Canada
Jess Myers is a marketing and communications specialist currently working with Doctors Without Borders Canada as the Fundraising Content Officer. Jess has worked with international humanitarian and development organizations to develop ethical storytelling campaigns, create strong branded content and drive social impact. She is a passionate advocate about the responsibility we have as fundraisers to uphold the dignity and agency of the communities we work with.
Marketing Storytelling Expert and
Fundraising Strategist & Digital Integration Specialist - Blakely (Ontario, Canada)
Mo Waja is a professional speaker, marketer, author, podcast host and producer, and is a Fundraising Strategist & Digital Integration Specialist at Blakely specializing in unique, out-of-the-box fundraising campaigns and digitally integrated fundraising campaigns. As a marketer, Mo has worked with personal, non-profit, and for-profit brands in the charitable, software, and financial sectors, amongst others, developing successful storytelling strategies. As a speaker, Mo has spent tens of thousands of hours coaching business professionals, non-profits, post-secondary students, and campaign advocates in the art of professional speaking and communication, and has delivered sessions on topics ranging from fundraising and marketing ethics to digital storytelling strategy, to social media and e-philanthropy, to personal and professional branding.
Chicago Freedom School
Tony is a multi-issue community builder working and living within an anti-oppression and harm reduction framework. Most recently, Alvarado-Rivera completed his tenure at Broadway Youth Center as the Mentor Program Coordinator. Additional experience includes work with the groundbreaking About Face Youth Theatre and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) in New York.
Chief Financial Officer
Chicago Community Loan Fund
Angela Dowell re-joined CCLF in August 2014 as the Controller. In September 2016, Dowell was promoted to Vice President of Finance and promoted again in 2018 to Chief Financial Officer. In this position, Angela is responsible for the accounting and finance operations of CCLF, including the production of periodic financial reports, maintenance of an adequate system of accounting records and comprehensive set of controls, enhancing the accuracy of CCLF’s reported financial results, and complying with generally accepted accounting principles or international financial reporting standards. In addition, Dowell oversees investor relations, including fundraising for new capital investments and maintaining existing investor relationships.
Dowell has held numerous accounting and finance roles over the past 10 years in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors and gives back to her community. She is a member of the Minority Advisory Board for Southern Illinois University’s College of Business. She is also a member of the Finance & Audit Committee for Disability CDFI Coalition and serves on the Not-for-Profit Committee for the Illinois CPA Society. Dowell additionally volunteers as a presenter on nonprofit finance and accounting for various groups.
Dowell is a CPA with a Bachelor of Accounting degree from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Business Administration degree from DePaul University. She was recently awarded SIU-Carbondale’s College of Business ‘Emerging Saluki Leader Award.’ This award honors alumni who have graduated from the college within the past 15 years for their outstanding work within business, academia or government sectors, nonprofit organizations, and their community service. Dowell was recently named one of The Chicago Defender’s 2018 “Women of Excellence” award recipients and one of Crain’s Chicago Business‘ Notable Women in Finance in 2019. Additionally, after serving on the National Disability CDFI Coalition’s (NDCC) Finance and Audit Committee, Angela was elected 2019 Treasurer.
JOAN GARVEY LUNDGREN
Senior Director of Resource Development
The Chicago Community Trust
Joan Garvey Lundgren is senior director for resource development at The Chicago Community Trust. Before joining the Trust, Garvey Lundgren spent 14 years at the global humanitarian organization CARE USA where she held a number of positions, ultimately serving as executive director and acting AVP of corporate partnerships. In this role she led CARE’s private sector engagement, charged with bringing new investment to CARE’s work, influencing business policy and practice and driving new opportunities for the communities CARE serves. Prior to CARE USA, Garvey Lundgren was a development officer for the Cambodian Association of Illinois, helping to establish the Cambodian American Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial in Chicago, the first of its kind in the U.S. She has held short-term assignments in Rajasthan, India and London.
Born and raised in the Chicago area, Garvey Lundgren holds a BBA from The George Washington University and an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago.
Founder and Executive Director of Goodkids Madcity
Carlil Pittman is the Founder and Executive Director of Goodkids Madcity. He proudly describes himself as a "26-year-old Black Male and Father" from the West Englewood community of Chicago. Carlil's passion for young people and violence prevention has pushed him to continue to fight for resources and equity in the lives of youth in the city Chicago.
As a young person , Carlil has helped to lead efforts that have written and passed laws for the State of Illinois. Carlil spent years developing and creating community change with students in Northlawndale College Prep High School. Through Goodkids Madcity, he worked with Vic Mensa to give out over 20,000 pairs of shoes, after a police bait truck incident in the Englewood community. He has been featured in documentaries produced by NBC that depict life in Chicago and how young people in his organization are helping to impact the lives of youth in the city.
Carlil was also a keynote speaker of WE Day Chicago in 2019 , where he spoke in front of 20,000 students and teachers. He was even presented the opportunity to take youth to South Africa with NBA players to learn more about history and the celebration of Nelson Mandela's legacy. Carlil currently works in the Englewood community, where he helps to serve the community that raised him and where he is raising his four boys of his own to be outstanding leaders in their community.
"In order to create change and better opportunities for our people, we must be able to breakdown the stigmas and normalization that trauma places on the lives of the community." - Carlil Pittman
Community Engagement Director
State Government Affairs
Steven Shaw has over 20 years of experience spanning the private, government and nonprofit sectors, particularly providing administration and advisory services. Steven is currently the Community Engagement Director for the Chicago and Milwaukee markets within the Public Policy & Government Affairs practice at Verizon. This Community Engagement role encompasses three primary areas: Education & Advocacy, Partnership (grantmaking), and Thought Leadership.
Prior to Verizon, Steven was the Interim Executive Director of the KLEO Center, a Southside community-based nonprofit organization. In his most recent government work, Steven served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle; this role included external responsibilities such as representing the President at government forums and community events, and internally advising the Bureau of Economic Development and the Office of the Chief Information Officer in executing a billion dollar project portfolio. Prior to working for the County, Steven was an Associate Principal at Civic Consulting Alliance, providing strategy and management advisory services for public sector clients; one of his Civic Consulting clients was Cook County and Steven's consulting team created the County's Economic Development strategy. Steven began his career as a Strategy & Operations Business Analyst at Deloitte Consulting.
Steven earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Morehouse College, and a Master in Public Administration degree with a focus on nonprofit organizations and social enterprise from the Harvard Kennedy School.
The Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation
The Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation is committed to improving the health and well-being of individuals and families in Chicago and collar counties. ...The role of the nonprofit sector is more important now than ever before. The Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation’s funding focus is to: 1. Improve the health of the uninsured, underinsured and low-income metropolitan Chicago residents and the community through increased access to community-based preventive and primary health services, such as medical, dental, vision, mental health, and case management; and 2. Support housing programs and services that provide access to prevention, intervention, follow-up, supportive services, and employment training for individuals and families who are homeless or at-risk of being homeless. Grants will be made to organizations in the City of Chicago and the six collar counties (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will). www.blowitzridgeway.org
Chicago Foundation for Women
Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) is a community foundation working to advance gender equity, which is inherently interconnected with racial justice, economic and health equity. CFW invests in women and girls as catalysts, building strong communities for call. We value - in ourselves and in organization we support - the core principles of equality, empowerment, diversity, collaboration, and integrity. Whether we're funding a new idea or an ongoing project, we invest for maximum impact. www.cfw.org
Our Approach: Change Not Charity. 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
Julian Grace Foundation
The Julian Grace Foundation is committed to funding and investing with an intersectional racial justice lens because we firmly believe this will help our communities create a more just, and unified world. We acknowledge many social, economic, and political disparities are deeply rooted in racism and white supremacy. The Julian Grace Foundation intentionally supports organizations that work to dismantle structural racism by continuously building access, opportunity, and power so that all can thrive. We believe that the communities that are most impacted by poverty and injustice have the information, tools, and experiences to address the inequities they endure. Furthermore, we believe that community members should be involved in decision making and leading change whether that be through non-profit or for-profit entities. Specifically, we also know that historically Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) leaders have not had equitable access to philanthropic or investment capital. www.juliangrace.org
Grand Victoria Foundation
Grand Victoria Foundation is a private foundation whose mission is to empower communities to ensure Illinois is a great place to live and work. We envision a strong, livable, and equitable Illinois where every resident has an opportunity to thrive. www.grandvictoriafdn.org
Healthy Communities Foundation
The Healthy Communities Foundation is a As a community-led and engaged foundation that serves a 27 zip-code region in Chicago and the western Cook County suburbs. We strive to be responsive to changing needs and circumstances in our region, and our grantmaking ensures that we address health inequities from a healing-informed and intersectional lens of racial and ethnic equity. We also believe that a mix of grantmaking and capacity building strategies that center community context creates a more functioning ecosystem in our region. www.hcfdn.org
The 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. We believe that it is our moral responsibility to try and make the world a better, more equitable place. As such, we attempt to address root causes to societal problems and to help the less fortunate, with the ultimate goal of bringing equal opportunity and rich cultural diversity into all of our communities.. We know that our goal—seeking to better society—is lofty and that the challenges are without a single, clear-cut solution. We therefore strive to make forward-looking decisions and to be nimble and flexible in response to the changing needs of those we serve. Our approach includes embracing innovation and well-considered risk, and investing in relevant and creative solutions. www.kapfam.com
Robertt R. McCormick Foundation
The Robert R. McCormick Foundation works with communities in Chicagoland and across Illinois to develop educated, informed, and engaged citizens. Our aim is to assist communities, to strengthen democracy, and help ensure that all families and children have the opportunities they need to flourish. We seek communities in which all individuals have equitable access to the resources, opportunities, and power they need to flourish, and where race and ethnicity are not predictive of life outcomes. We invest in organizations that demonstrate a commitment to creating value in one or more of our key areas of work - early childhood education, journalism and the First Amendment, youth civic engagement, assistance for underresourced communities, and serving veterans. When we make grants, we look for motivated, knowledgeable and passionate organizations who think holistically about social issues and how together we can effectively contribute to the solution. We are committed to having measurable, systemic impact on the areas we invest in, and holding ourselves accountable for these results. www.mccormickfoundation.org
Polk Bros. Foundation
Polk Bros. Foundation is working to make Chicago a place where all people have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Together we envision a time when every Chicagoan can have a secure home, a job that pays a living wage, good health and access to resources that protect their rights. A time when every child is well educated, safe, supported by family and community, and has the opportunity to be inspired by the arts. Why and how we do our work is as important as what we do. At Polk Bros. Foundation, we are always guided by our beliefs and commitment to Purpose and Partnership. Everyone deserves to achieve their potential. However, opportunity can only be fully available when we join with others to directly and intentionally address the effects and causes of structural racism, economic inequity and social disparities. www.polkbrosfdn.org
Woods Fund Chicago
Woods Fund is a bold grantmaking foundation that finds-and-funds projects that draw on the power of communities to fight the brutality of structural racism and economic injustice. It promotes social, economic, and racial justice through the support of community organizing and public policy advocacy that engages people that are most impacted. Woods Fund has identified racial equity as a priority for the foundation, and works to continually hone an approach to grantmaking that reflects that commitment. https://www.woodsfund.org
*as of October 12, 2021. Please check for updates.
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 and fundraising professionals of all backgrounds are encouraged to attend the 2021 BID Conference!