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.
The art of revitalizing a community: Rustandy Challenge partners students with South Shore Chamber
Tonya Trice, executive director of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, has a vision of artisans sparking vibrancy in her South Side neighborhood — and a team of students from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business recently worked with her to help bring that vision to life.
New, free UChicago course invites community residents — including those with conviction histories — to reflect on themes of identity through humanities texts and professional skills-building
Who I Am, Who We Are is a free, ten-week course for community residents — with priority given to individuals with criminal records or involvement in the justice system — that covers themes like personal and group identity through reading and discussion.
100 Black Men of Chicago
“Being part of the Community Programs Accelerator allows us to move forward on purpose and with intention. We’re planning our next decade, which will be pivotal for us as we focus on what we can become rather than on what we are.” - Carl H. Tutt, Jr., 100 Black Men of Chicago Board President
Alumni Board Connect
Fundraising, strategic planning, serving on the finance committee, acting as board secretary, and helping the company connect with more schools have been some of the tasks Bozzelli has taken on as a board member at Imagination Theater through the Alumni Board Connect program created by the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at UChicago’s Booth School of Business.