Breakin' It Down History

OUR HISTORY

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.  Over the years, BID has dedicated ourselves to partnering with diverse nonprofit, philanthropic, and community leaders in the city, to plan and execute our conference programs. We believe this is the best way to help our communities thrive, and to  continue to provide our nonprofit professionals with opportunities to build acumen and strengthen networks integral to organization success. 


The BID conference brings together seasoned and emerging nonprofit fund development professionals and administrators; academics; students; and other stakeholders  who serve under-represented and underserved communities, with experts and distinguished philanthropic and nonprofit leaders  in the field.  

 



OUR MISSION

The Breakin' It Down conference enriches and strengthens under-represented and underserved communities in the Chicago area by cultivating diverse change agents in the  nonprofit fund development field through relevant programming to actively strengthen their fundraising  capabilities, fund development and resources,  and mission impact. 

Denise Stennis Awards

About the Denise Stennis Awards

The Denise Stennis Awards pays tribute to the memory of Denise Stennis, a community leader, mentor, friend and a founding member of the Breakin' It Down conference.  Well- known and regarded in the metropolitan Chicago nonprofit community, Denise served a number of social benefit, educational and cultural organizations. She directly influenced countless nonprofit decision-makers, fundraising volunteers, and the work as well as careers of many Chicago area development professionals.  Denise wrote: “I use the word serve as a description of my responsibilities to the nonprofit community. I do not take that responsibility lightly. My love and faith in mankind is a driving force in my commitment to the profession and to those non-profits I have been fortunate to work with.”  

2019 - Inaugural Awards

Individual - Sharon Bush, Executive Director - Grand Victoria Foundation

Organization - Erie Neighborhood House

Recent BID Conference Themes

2019 - Fulfilling the Promise

BID founding partner organizations

ASIAN AMERICANS & PACIFIC ISLANDERS IN PHILANTHROPY (AAPIP)

ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICANS IN DEVELOPMENT (APAID)

BLACKS IN DEVELOPMENT (BID) 

CENTER FOR ARAB AMERICAN PHILANTHROPY (CAAP) 

CHICAGO AFRICAN AMERICANS IN PHILANTHROPY (CAAIP)

CHICAGO LATINOS IN PHILANTHROPY (CLIP)

LATINOS IN DEVELOPMENT (LID)

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