In the wake of the country’s racial reckoning, many organizations are focusing on addressing systemic racism and centering equity in their work. Twenty-five Chicago foundations, nonprofits, public agencies, and private sector entities came together to voluntarily share data—some previously not public—to map out long-standing systemic inequities in the city, examine how investments shifted during COVID, and determine how to amplify impact. The data show historical disinvestments and structural racism that drive disparities in Chicago, and where future investment should align to strengthen communities. Creating an equitable future requires understanding our past. The discussion will focus on lessons of the project, its effect on investment patterns, and how other cities can use the strategy.
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