Join us for live performances, hors d’oeuvres, and a special viewing of the exhibit as we honor individuals who are making a difference in Chicago through their giving of time, talent and treasure. Join Chicago icons and legends Derrick Rose, New York Knicks; John H. Johnson, Johnson Publishing Company; Deborah Harrington, former President of the Woods Fund Chicago; and Wilbur Milhouse, Milhouse Engineering & Construction who visitors will see in the exhibition alongside community honorees:
Dion Dawson, Dion’s Chicago Dream, Emerging Philanthropist
Janell Nelson, JNJ Creative, Hidden Philanthropist
Leslie J. Anderson-Rutland, BMO Financial Group, Legacy Philanthropist
Essence Smith, ELMS Productions, Young Adult Philanthropist
Jahkil Jackson, Project I Am, Youth Philanthropist
Event Details: Purchase Tickets Here
Tuesday, February 21, 2023 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Chicago Cultural Center (78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602)
Registration opens at 5:30pm, the program begins promptly at 6pm, followed by a viewing of the exhibit.
Tickets will be on sale until February 19th, tickets must be purchased in advance.
About the Exhibition
Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy (CAAIP) hosts the groundbreaking national exhibition that explores the African-American philanthropy experience and giving traditions grounded in faith, mutuality, responsibility and social justice. The exhibition illustrates Black philanthropy through innovative and interactive presentations, including luminous photographic prints on metal, iPad kiosks with digital apps featuring music, poetry, photography, narratives and more. It comprises over a dozen vignette stories and more than 50 black-and-white images that depict facets of giving across generations. Elements of the exhibition invite visitors of all ages to share their own stories of giving and to contribute to “reframing portraits of philanthropy”. Images and stories composing the exhibit are from the book “Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists” by author Valaida Fullwood and photographer Charles W. Thomas Jr.
CAAIP will host corresponding public programs, allowing groups to explore a broad range of topics related to philanthropy, including ‘A Conversation on Black Wealth Building and Extraction’, and ‘Everyday Philanthropy Standing in Our Truth’. To learn more about programs and forums, visit The Soul of Philanthropy Chicago website.
Developing Global Leaders: A Case Study
Friday, February 17, 3:30-5:30pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Learning Lab, 1st Floor South
Join this panel of youth leaders for a discussion on how they are developing leadership skills to positively transform and advance their community, nation, and world. Students who have participated in culturally responsive high-quality education grounded in real world experiences offered by Village Leadership Academy will share the impact of their travel exchanges with other children from a different country and how they are giving through volunteerism.
Community Quilting Bee
Saturday, February 18, 11am-1pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Learning Lab, 1st Floor South
In the tradition of African American ancestry, a community quilt will be created. The Needles and Threads Quilters Guild members will assist participants in creating a block that represents their giving. All materials needed to create a block will be provided. Blocks become the property of Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy (CAAIP). CAAIP reserves the right to include and/or display your block in the final philanthropic quilt.
The Ida B. Wells Story
Tuesday, February 28, 4-5:30pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North
In celebration of Black History Month join a discussion of IDA B. WELLS, the award-winning documentary and website in WTTW’s CHICAGO STORIES series.
The documentary brings to life the Chicago investigative journalist, racial justice and equity activist, and suffragist as never before. Tim Russell, VP of Community Engagement and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at WTTW-WFMT, will moderate a panel conversation with the film’s Emmy Award-winning producer and writer Stacy Robinson and success coach and Ida B. Wells’ great grandson Dan Duster. The panel will discuss the trailblazer’s life and legacy in the context of journalism, voting, civil rights, policing in the Black Community, and more.
Presented in partnership with WTTW.
New School Grassroots Philanthropy: Yeah Youth
Friday, March 24, 3:30-5pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park Room, 5th Floor South
It all starts with a spark of an idea to solve a societal problem. Through the power of sharing, individual and collective giving our youth are creating the change they want to see in our city. They are empowered to make decisions on projects of importance to them and secure funding to support the programs/initiatives. The brilliance of young people is showcased through triumphant efforts.
TSOP Chicago Community Celebration
Saturday, April 15, Noon-3pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Square, 1st Floor North
Join us as we celebrate the philanthropist in each of us, where guests will enjoy live music from the Chicago Sinfonietta as we prepare to close the event’s Chicago run at the end of April. Our featured Legends and Legacies philanthropists will be present for you to hear firsthand their personal stories.
Free and Open to the Public.
(Credit: Darian’s Heart, The Soul of Philanthropy illuminates the human impulse to show compassion, to progress, to see fairness, to connect with others, to repair and to love.)