To strengthen Chicago’s civic infrastructure, we offer community-based training for emerging leaders and help to build local organizations’ capacity to grow, thrive, and achieve their missions.
UChicago supports community organizations through direct grants and through training programs that bring faculty, students, staff and consultants together with organization leaders and their staffs.
To assist local nonprofits as they grow, we have welcomed thousands of Chicago-area professionals to workshops and programs that offer expert help with needs assessment, strategic planning, organizational development, fundraising, and technical support.
We aid in expanding support networks for community organizations by working with local business professionals to help them develop the skills that will make them effective board members and then connecting them to non-profits that would benefit from their service.
Notes on leadership: Chicago Civic Leadership Exchange kicks off with lessons from a pop-up choir
Leaders and alumni of nine wide-ranging Chicago civic leadership development programs were invited to the Arts Bank to take part in a “pop-up choir,” an innovative leadership workshop hosted and led by the University of Chicago.
Annual Point-In-Time Homeless Count gives UChicago students the opportunity to pitch in and gain new perspectives
UChicago students volunteer alongside South Side community partners to support Chicago’s annual Point-In-Time Homeless Count, which provides crucial data on people experiencing homelessness across the city.
Harris Public Policy Announces 2020 Class of the Civic Leadership Academy
On January 9, the Civic Leadership Academy (CLA) announced the 30 government and nonprofit leaders selected for its 2020 class. The new fellows were introduced at a ceremony that featured Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot JD’89 as the keynote speaker.
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“Where you might not have seen or thought about synergies between organizations, they do actually exist if you dig a little deeper.”