We have been supporters of Crossroads’ general fund for years, and are now happy to have the opportunity to create a Donor Advised Fund as well. There are a few specific issues that we really care about and want to support more directly: empowerment of women and girls, youth organizing, and fostering a deeper public understanding of the Arab American community and the kinds of discrimination Arab Americans face in the current political climate. We want to support the cutting edge work being done around these incredibly topical issues, so for us that meant supporting new and emerging groups, groups that are organized by community members directly impacted by the events of the day. Unfortunately, we don’t always know who is doing the important work, or how to find them. This is why it has been so wonderful to develop a relationship with Crossroads Fund. They do the work to identify the groups that they know we will care about, and they also help us to think about how to allocate funds so that our family foundation is spending wisely, for maximum community impact. Sandy and Mark Ehlert, The GRAM Charitable Foundation
Opening a Donor Advised Account at Crossroads Fund is a simple, flexible way to manage your charitable giving. You bring your resources and your interest in social justice issues, and Crossroads Fund brings more than 30 years of grantmaking experience in Chicago. For more information about giving through Donor Advised, contact Jeanne Kracher, Executive Director at 773.227.7676.