Building Collective Power

Addressing the Wealth Gap at the Community Level

To achieve our vision for the Chicago region at the community level, we believe residents need to be connected to strong, resilient and credible relationship networks. Such networks are essential to the creation of social capital—trusted relationships that lead to people supporting each other. Through these networks, every person can have access to information they need to build and strengthen their neighborhoods. Additionally, they help residents harness their power to drive collective action that creates positive change in their communities.

The Trust aims to create the conditions for residents to connect with one another and work together to advance what’s important to them. 

Back to the Strategic Plan overview.

  • People

    We support resident-led initiatives, networks, and coalitions leading grassroots change in their neighborhoods.

    Opportunities for funding:

  • Voice

    We strengthen local media and storytelling platforms to reflect and amplify authentic community narratives that reflect the lived experiences of community residents. We support opportunities and forums for community engagement.

  • Action

    We support community-inspired, resident-driven campaigns and activities that advance a community agenda. We also support the implementation of grassroots actions developed by community-led networks and coalitions.

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