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.
Leadership as performance art: Civic Actor Studio connects community leaders with the characters they contain
Civic actors are people who work to make a difference in their communities’ quality of life. Last month, as part of a new partnership between Court Theatre and the Office of Civic Engagement (OCE),...
Under New Leadership: CLA Alumni Make Waves in Chicago's New Administration
In 2019, the City of Chicago entered a new era with the historic landslide election of its first female African-American mayor, Lori Lightfoot. In assembling her transition team and cabinet, the po...
Civic Leadership Academy
“Where you might not have seen or thought about synergies between organizations, they do actually exist if you dig a little deeper.” -Baronica Roberson