Day: July 29, 2020

Chicago Beyond announces Backing The Fight Fund


Chicago Beyond launches the Backing the Fight Fund to stand in solidarity with organizations working on the front lines of Chicago’s communities. The Backing the Fight Fund is designed to quickly deploy resources to hyperlocal community organizations taking action and fighting for a more equitable future for Chicago’s youth and communities.

The Fund is a direct response to the current crises that are having a disproportionate impact on Chicago’s Black and Brown communities.

Key characteristics of the Backing the Fight Fund include:

The initial 12 organizations supported by the Backing the Fight Fund are taking a variety of creative approaches to meet the needs of the communities they serve – including reshaping the narrative of Black Chicago through journalism, increasing neighborhood safety, youth-led organizing, distributing necessities and resources to thousands of immigrants, seniors, young people, and those undocumented, and racial healing circles amongst Black and Brown communities on the South and West Sides. Approximately 75% of the organizations operate with a budget under $250,000 annually.

Read our full page dedicated to the Backing The Fight Fund here.

Block Club Chicago: $200K Given To Groups Helping Black, Brown Youth During Pandemic

This article ran on July 29, 2020 in Block Club Chicago by Alexandra Chaidez.

CHICAGO — A new fund awarded more than $200,000 to 12 neighborhood groups led by people of color in Chicago as they battle the coronavirus pandemic, gun violence and the economic recession.

Chicago Beyond, an organization that invests in the city’s youth, started its Backing the Fight Fund as a response to the “current crises” impacting Black and Brown residents, according to a press release announcing the fund.

The organizations receiving part of the $205,000 in funds include Teamwork Englewood, Gage Park Latinx Council, Brave Space Alliance and The TRiiBE.

The organizations chosen by Chicago Beyond have “reshaped the narrative of Black Chicago” by providing resources to community members, promoting safety in the neighborhood and through reporting, according to Chicago Beyond.

Chicago Beyond wanted to help small group that connect with young people and communities of color while serving Chicagoans during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the organization.

“To help combat the disproportional impact of this triple pandemic, more funds need to be directed to communities in a way that is flexible and responsive,” Liz Dozier, founder and CEO of Chicago Beyond, said in the press release. “The bold action any impact investor, social impact organization, and foundation can take is to actually step back and let community leaders do their work.”