Advancing Racial Equity In Philanthropy, Non-Profit, and Fundraising
Advancing Racial Equity In Philanthropy, Non-Profit, and Fundraising
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Breakin’ It Down. The conference will take place on Friday, October 27, 2023. We, the Planning Committee, would like to celebrate this milestone year by reflecting on our accomplishments as individuals, as an organization, and as a community; by assessing the consequences of recent high court rulings; and looking at what lies ahead. We hope to put together something different, something disruptive, perhaps. The theme will be “Celebrating 20 Years of Breakin’ It Down: Looking Back to Look Forward.”
Launched in 2003, the Breakin' It Down conference grew out of a desire to engage diverse nonprofit management and fundraising professionals in conversations about the present state and future of the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Our programs are under the organizing rubric of racial equity and healing practices.
This one-day event incorporates concepts and strategies that enhance learning, such as:
Arrival and Registration - Coffee and Morning Pastries
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Arrival and Registration
Coffee and Pastries
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Welcome and Housekeeping
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
International Public Speaker, Social Impact Engineer
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Workshop Sessions (Concurrent)
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Workshop 2 -
12: 00 PM - 12:45 PM
Denise Stennis Awards Presentation
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
1:30 PM -1:45 PM
Speed Networking With Funders
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
3:15 PM - 6:00 PM
*Please note that agenda and schedule are subject to change.
Each year the Breakin' It Down Planning Committee brings individuals to our conference who focus on areas of nonprofit, philanthropy, and fundraising. We are very pleased for 2023 to present our participants with distinguished industry and community leaders.
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 2023 BID event!
The "Speed Networking with Funders" has been an overwhelmingly popular element at our BID events 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.
The Chicago Community Trust
The mission of The Chicago Community Trust is to improve the lives of the people in metropolitan Chicago. We believe that the diversity of our community is a fundamental strength of our region. Our mission is best fulfilled when we embrace diversity as a value and a practice. Through the years, the Trust has created many types of initiatives to help our region—and its foundations, businesses, civic leaders, and individuals like you—most effectively engage with the issues they care about. Through special task forces like these, we tackle issues of concern from innovative angles, or harness the power of civic collaboration for greater impact. Honoring the rich traditions of caring and mutual support within many communities, the Trust’s Affinity Fund giving groups invite individuals and families to join together in philanthropy inspired by a shared heritage or a common cause. www.cct.org/affinity-funds/
The Brinson Foundation
The Brinson Foundation is a privately funded philanthropic organization that provides an opportunity to focus our family’s common interests in encouraging personal initiative, advancing individual freedoms and liberties, and positively contributing to society in the areas of education and scientific research.
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. Our commitment to Chicago is deep and enduring. $1.4 billion invested in over 1,600 local organizations and individuals since 1979. We invest in people, places, and partnerships to advance racial equity and build a more inclusive Chicago. www.macfound.org
Albert Pick Jr. Fund
The Albert Pick, Jr. Fund is a private, independent foundation established in 1947. While grantmaking interests and procedures have been updated over the years to reflect changing times, the Fund’s mission remains faithful to the intent of its founders, Corinne and Albert Pick, Jr.: to provide under-resourced Chicago residents with the tools they need to improve their lives. Today, the Fund concentrates on neighborhoods and/or people who are economically or otherwise disadvantaged or who face discrimination. Chicago should be a city of hope, safety and opportunities for those who live here. We believe that people should be empowered to identify and define the problems they confront and work towards solutions. Our role is to ensure that community residents have the resources and support they need to undertake this work. https://www.albertpickjrfund.org/guidelines
Woods Fund Chicago
Woods Fund Chicago is a bold grantmaker that partners with communities to fight the brutality of structural racism and economic injustice. It promotes social, economic, and racial justice through the support of community organizing, coalition building, and public policy advocacy from grantee partners activating the people that are most impacted. https://www.woodsfund.org/
*Participating Foundation list is subject to change without notice.
Breakin' It Down strives to be a welcoming and inclusive event. If you have a specific accessibility and/or dietary restriction request, please contact us at email@example.com. We will make every effort with the site to accommodate your request. Our light breakfast is vegetarian and vegan, and our lunch menu offers plant-based and meat options.
We cannot guarantee accommodations for requests made after October 10, 2023.
We appreciate your cooperation.
BID offers flexible sponsorship options to align with your objectives . We can tailor a package according to your needs and budget.
If you’d prefer not to give online, please get in touch, we’d be happy to help!
Breakin' It Down is fiscally sponsored by 501c3 nonprofit Mujeres Latinas en Acción.