Thirty years ago a group of young activists came together to start what is today Crossroads Fund, a public foundation committed to giving grants to social justice organizations. Even though they were a small collective, they had a big idea, to raise money to help fund other small groups so that they could empower multiple movements.
Didn't make it to mini golf, big change? You missed a fantastic night of food, mini golf, and fun that helped raise $2000 for groups working for racial, social and economic justice in Chicago!
I’ve been raising money since I sold sweet and sour lollipops in junior high school, for the travel expenses of my debate team…which means that I’ve been a grassroots fundraiser for over twenty years. About a decade ago I learned about Kim Klein and the Grassroots Fundraising Journal, both an incredible resource for grassroots fundraisers (seriously, if you want to raise money for anything and you don’t have a subscription to the Grassroots Fundraising Journal, get one, you will NOT be sorry).
Each summer, the same cycle repeats itself: as the temperatures rise, crime statistics also increase, bringing with them news coverage and community responses that often expose and inflame the deep racial and class divisions in Chicago.
A series of violent clashes over the last few months in Lakeview have sparked heated community meetings and online discussions. Although the responses have been as diverse as the LGBTQ community itself, some individuals have blamed the recent attacks on LGBTQ youth of color, and have gone so far as to call for social services for queer youth to be shut down in the neighborhood. The situation is complicated, but youth are not the problem.