Presenter Q&A with Caroline Altman Smith: leadership should reflect who it serves

Caroline Altman Smith, deputy director of the Kresge Foundation’s education program, is co-presenting a Thursday workshop at Upswell Chicago alongside AchieveMission’s Mikaela Seligman and ProInspire’s Monisha Kapila—two providers from Kresge’s 2018 FUEL (Fostering Urban Equitable Leadership) program cohort. We caught up with Caroline to learn more about what motivates her. Q: If you were independently…

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Identifying service providers to address your capacity-building needs

While many nonprofits work to create more equitable outcomes in communities, limited resource capacity can strain their ability to tackle the complex, systemic issues associated with this work. The Kresge Foundation is addressing this gap in support through a capacity-building program that supports its grantees’ talent and leadership development needs through a racial equity lens.…

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DeColores: community-minded from the tortillas to the tequila and mezcal

At the DeColores Community Dinner at Upswell Chicago, you can expect “a wonderful dining experience with wonderfully home-cooked recipes,” says owner and chef Sergio Reyes. The Mexican eatery and bar is located on Chicago’s Lower West Side in Pilsen – home to the National Museum of Mexican Art and an art district that reflects the neighborhood’s…

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Using equitable research to help Chicago youth thrive

Research can drive decisions about investment in communities. And unintended research bias can lead to ineffective approaches and inequitable resources and opportunities that prevent all young people from fully thriving. Chicago Beyond’s guidebook, Why Am I Always Being Researched?, is intended to level the playing field; reckon with unintended research bias; and better position organizations,…

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Inspiration Kitchens: a menu of good food and better lives

Almost anything can change for the better when good food is involved. For Chicago residents impacted by homelessness and poverty, good food can be life-changing – especially when served with encouragement and supported through culinary training – the house specialties at Inspiration Kitchens. The social enterprise restaurant in East Garfield Park on Chicago’s West Side…

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