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We Must Be in it for the Long Haul

June 11, 2020

ABFE, in collaboration with over 60 Black philanthropic executives, released this powerful joint action statement. It suggests 10 bold actions that the philanthropic sector can take to address systemic, anti-Black racism.

Photo Credit: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images
Photo Credit: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Our Role in These Times

June 5, 2020

Just as we began to grapple with the racial inequities that the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated, we have been confronted with another reality of racial injustice that has never stopped-violence against African Americans. In an Op-Ed for The Chronicle of Philanthropy, our Executive Director asks the sector to be more accountable and take specific actions to make racial justice and equity a reality. 

New ABFE Board Member

April 20, 2020

We are proud to announce that our Executive Director Sharon Bush has been elected to the Board of Directors of ABFE!

ABFE is a membership-based philanthropic organization that advocates for responsive and transformative investments in Black communities.


Restoration of the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

April 9, 2020

We are so proud to share that Landscape Architecture Magazine published a great piece in their March issue about the restoration of the Midewin National Tallgrass Praire. Along with the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, we contributed a $1 million matching grant to the National Forest Foundation to support this expansive initiative to preserve and restore one of the largest public, open spaces in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Successes & Challenges in Addressing COVID-19

We are starting a conversation to understand whether and how organizations are addressing the needs of communities, families and individuals. Please share how COVID-19 has impacted your organization’s operations, programs and services? What impacts do you see among the communities you serve and engage? How can we support you during this time? Please share your experiences and ideas by emailing us at

Grantees and Partners Named to Early Childcare Education Funding Commission

February 10, 2020

GVF is pleased to share that many of our grantees and partners have been named to Gov. Pritzker’s new 29-member early childcare funding commission. Congrats to Patricia Chamberlain, co-chair of Elgin Partnership for Early Learning, Shauna Ejeh, Senior Vice President for Programs of Illinois Action for Children, Phyllis Glink, Executive Director of Irving Harris Foundation, Lori Longueville, Director of Child Care Resource and Referral at John A. Logan College, and Trish Rooney, Director of Early Childhood Initiatives at Fox Valley United Way! Learn more about how the commission plans to tackle Illinois’s crisis in early childcare education funding at

Latino Policy Forum Helps Shatter Stereotypes of English Language Learners

February 7, 2020

Our Special Initiatives grantee, Latino Policy Forum, collaborated on ground-breaking research in partnership with the UChicago Consortium on School Research, showing that Chicago Public Schools students who are still learning English outperform their native English-speaking classmates. Download and read the report from the Consortium.

Upsolve CEO is 2020 TED Fellow

February 5, 2020

We are proud to share that Rohan Pavuluri, CEO and Founder of our Economy grantee Upsolve, is a 2020 TED Fellow! Rohan is one of 20 inspiring thinkers from around the world chosen to be a Fellow this year, providing them an opportunity to collaborate on ideas and give TED Talks at the annual TED Conference in Vancouver. Learn about Rohan and the other Fellows here.

Early Literacy Program Serves Children ‘While They Wait’ at Doctor’s Office

June 24, 2019

Two grantees, Elgin Partnership for Early Learning and Greater Elgin Family Care Center, partnered to bring bilingual, educational activities for children to waiting rooms. Read more…

Early Literacy Program Announcement
Openlands interactive Get Outside Map

Get Outside and Explore Nature!

June 19, 2019

There are many ways to enjoy the outdoors. Openlands, an Environment grantee, launched Illinois’ first interactive map to connect residents of the Chicago region to 350 parks, preserves, and natural areas open to the public.

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