Seeds of Change 2020: Virtual Celebration
In light of the real concerns about exposure to COVID-19, Crossroads Fund board and staff have decided to modify our annual benefit, Seeds of Change. We want to center the health and well-being of what would have been a gathering of over 500 guests.
We are pivoting to make Seeds of Change a virtual week-long celebration with a kick-off date of March 27. While we may not be able to convene our community in the same physical space, we can still collectively achieve the goals and purpose of our annual celebration:
- Celebrate our 2020 Awardees
- Raise Your Hand Illinois for Public Education
- Street Vendors Association of Chicago
- Cheryl Graves and Ora Schub (posthumously)
- Participate in an online Silent Auction
- Raise money to fund movements for change, not charity!
Our community is comprised of people invested in radical movements that are at the forefront of change: groups that teach us to make a way out of no way; Movements that reimagine and fight to change systems when they fail us; and activists that lean on hope when it seems there is none. Our mission is to support those groups and communities when they need us the most. In uncertain times, let’s demonstrate what community and showing up for each other looks like.
Thank you for supporting us to be a reliable funding resource to groups on the ground.
Join grantees, board members, and friends of the CROSSROADS FUND
As we raise money to fund movements for change, not charity!
We invite you to participate in our virtual week-long celebration!
For more information, please contact Emmanuel Garcia at 773.227.7676 or Emmanuel@crossroadsfund.org
We accept cash, personal checks, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express.
New decade, new reasons to celebrate movements for justice in Chicago!
RON SABLE AWARD FOR ACTIVISM
RAISE YOUR HAND FOR ILLINOIS PUBLIC EDUCATION
Raise Your Hand for Illinois Public Education (RYH) engages, informs, and empowers parents to protect and strengthen public education for all children in Chicago and Illinois by eliminating inequities in public schools. Their campaigns include: adequate and equitable school funding, reduction of standardized testing, democratic and transparent public school governance, a moratorium on school privatization, appropriate special education services for students, and safeguards for student data privacy. RYH is part of a coalition that is challenging the City of Chicago for its use of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) subsidies to luxury real estate developers at the detriment of local public schools.
DONALD F. ERICKSON SYNAPSES AWARD
CHERYL GRAVES AND ORA SCHUB (POSTHUMOUSLY)
In 1997, attorneys Cheryl Graves and Ora Schub developed the first juvenile court diversion program in Chicago based on restorative justice practices. In 2003, they founded the Community Justice for Youth Institute, which has since trained thousands of people in restorative justice principles and practices. Lovingly known as the “grandmothers of Chicago’s restorative justice movement,” Cheryl and Ora created clear processes for how communities can respond to harm when it occurs, inspiring a generation of young activists to envision a world without police and prisons. Sadly, Ora passed away in 2018 after a long battle with cancer.
LYNDA J. TIPTON MEMORIAL AWARD FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE
THE STREET VENDORS ASSOCIATION OF CHICAGO
The Street Vendors Association of Chicago (SVAC) fights for an inclusive economy by organizing street vendors to build political and economic power without fear of police harassment, excessive fines, and discrimination. Subsequently, SVAC led the campaign to push Chicago’s City Council to legalize street vending in 2015. Further, SVAC played a crucial role in the passing of the Limited Worker Cooperative Association Act, which enables worker-owned cooperatives to register as business organizations in Illinois. SVAC provides a sustainable model and structures for an equitable economy and development in communities experiencing racial wealth divides and active disinvestment.
Cook County Commissioner Alma E. Anaya
State Representative Kelly Cassidy
State Senator Cristina Castro
State Representative Robyn Gabel
State Representative Will Guzzardi
Alderwoman Maria Hadden
Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson
Alderman Daniel La Spata
State Representative Theresa Mah
State Representative Aaron Ortiz
Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa
State Representative Lamont Robinson Jr.
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky
Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez
Alderman Andre Vasquez
Alderman Scott Waguespack
(as of 3.27.2020)
Leadership Circle: $7,500 and above
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Changemakers: $5,000 - $7,499
Sue Eleuterio & Tom Sourlis
Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation
Catalysts: $2,500 – $4,999
Irving Harris Foundation
Jani Hoft & Linda Wagner
Paul Lehman & Ronna Stamm
Pierce Family Foundation
Visionaries: $1,000 – $2,499
Lucy & Peter Ascoli
John A. D’Emilio
Bob Horton & Jim Perry
Jeanne Kracher & Laura McAlpine
McAlpine Consulting for Growth
Movers & Shakers: $750 – $999
Stephen & Holly Babington
David de Vries
Becky Belcore & Chris Williams
Ann Christophersen & Amy Blumenthal
Amy & Andrew Funk
Skyler Larrimore & Felipe Diaz-Arango
Annie Logue & Rick Lantz
Mary F. Morten & Willa J. Taylor
James & Megan Murray Cusick
Third Wave Fund
Eileen Willenborg & Jane Melnick
Sponsors: $250 – $499
James L. Bennett
Mardge Cohen & Gordon Schiff
Leslie Corbett & Aaron Chenoweth
Sandy & Mark Elhert
James & Janet Fennerty
Caroline Henry & Jim Charlton
Peter & Tamara Jaffe-Notier
Susan & John Kim
Nora Kyger & Bill Foster
Sharmili Majmudar & Laura Noah
Lisa Marie Pickens & Rima Malhotra