Three decades is a big milestone for Crossroads Fund. We were founded in 1981 by a group of young activists who were interested in creating a different form of philanthropy, where grantmaking would be directed by the community and funding would support change, not charity. Thirty years later, we have given out more than $6 million to more than 600 organizations working for racial, social and economic justice in the Chicago area. Our grantees have changed lives, transformed communities and won huge victories, like the end of the death penalty in Illinois, the closure of Chicago’s only coal fired power plants and making the Chicago Transit Authority accessible for people with disabilities.
Nothing we do would be possible without the support of donors like you. In our 2012 fiscal year, 1501 individuals, organizations, businesses and foundations made donations to Crossroads Fund. These donations funded grants to 73 grassroots groups working for racial, social and economic justice; capacity building workshops and one on one consulting for dozens of grantee organizations; public programs, including a 30th Anniversary reading series; and more. Thank you so much for your generous support for our work.
Report on Fiscal Year 2012