Our history & imperative

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As a direct result of over-whelming racial inequities that surfaced in response to COVID-19...

Leaders of several Illinois philanthropies  (Grand Victoria Foundation, Julian Grace Foundation, Steans Family Foundation, JB & MK Pritzker Foundation and Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy and others) came together in Fall 2020 to understand and assess the opportunity and landscape required to develop and execute a statewide Black policy agenda and a statewide Black-led and Black-focused advocacy organization.

That organization is the Illinois Black Advocacy Initiative.