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.
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 – representing the City of Chicago, Cook County, and citywide and community-based nonprofit organizations – selected for its 2020 class. The new fellows were introduced at a ceremony at Venue SIX10 in Chicago that featured Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot JD’89 as the keynote speaker.
Living the legacy: making careers in medicine accessible to South Side youth
Founded 1995, the Provident Foundation provides education, opportunities, and access to the medical industry to youth of color on Chicago’s South Side.
Leadership as performance art: Civic Actor Studio connects community leaders with the characters they contain
Leadership is a performance art — and every leader contains a multitude of characters. When twenty-two community leaders came together for four days to explore their characters in UChicago’s new Civic Actor Studio leadership retreat, a facilitator says that the results were “transformational.”
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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.” -Baronica Roberson