Focus Groups

Are small-group exchanges your thing? Then Focus Groups may be right up your alley! Join a small group of 10-15 changemakers facing similar issues to those confronting your communities. You’ll dissect the challenges, discuss lessons learned, and examine new approaches that may be just the thing to help improve circumstances for people in the community you serve.

Thursday, November 16
9:30 am – 10:00 am

Justice for All: Racial Equity for the Brown and Black Disabled Community

Presented by Provail

Twenty percent of African Americans experience disabilities, and yet when we talk about racial equity, their experiences are rarely considered. Among Black and Brown communities, there is a significant disparity in terms of access to knowledge and care, both currently and historically. These communities also are more likely to be …

Thursday, November 16
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Excellerator Fund: Promoting Racial Equity through Community Driven Impact Investments and Collaborations

Presented by Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation

The murder of George Floyd launched widespread social unrest, particularly in Chicago’s Black and Mexican communities. Seeing a need to bridge the widening gap between these two communities, Luis Guiterrez of Latinos Progresando (LP) and Carlos Nelson of Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation (GAGDC) developed the Excellerator Fund to invest …

Friday, November 17
9:30 am – 10:00 am

Building Better Together: The Power of Corporate Engagement in Community Impact

Presented by Common Impact

In a post-pandemic world, the changing workforce and an increased focus on social equity are transforming how companies design their employee and community engagement programs. At the same time, nonprofits that are providing critical resources in our communities are seeing cuts in funding and an increased demand for services. Join …

Friday, November 17
10:15 am – 10:45 am

The Next Frontier for DEI: Fair Chance Hiring

Presented by Checkr

Data shows that 95% of people who are arrested and incarcerated will return to their communities, yet we as employers and as a society still allow consequences like unemployment to follow them throughout their lives. Returning citizens deserve the opportunity to move on from their mistakes and rebuild their lives, …

Friday, November 17
11:00 am – 11:30 am

Reimagining Capacity Building Towards Thriving Communities

Strengthening nonprofit organizations and, in turn, the communities they serve, is an integral part of collaborative, cross-sector work. Often, cross-sector collaboration of two or more parties (nonprofit, foundation, government, independent consultants, and business partners) can be most acutely seen through capacity building initiatives. In fact, most staffed foundations invest in …

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