August 12, 2019

The following op-ed was published in Crain's Chicago Business on July 31, 2019. The Conant Family Foundation is proud to be a part of this statemen

Sometimes words are sticks and stones. Particularly when the words are used as threats against a group of people, specific...

Beginning in the fall of 2017, the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights began receiving referrals for unusually high numbers of children separated at the border.

Guided by the principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Young Center has develop...

May 30, 2019

Is the notion of philanthropy inherently at odds with racial equity?

In the United States, family foundations have been created by the good intentions of wealthy families. But given our country’s history, these fortunes were amassed in the context of education, housing,...

January 8, 2019

We write reviews of restaurants, hotels, even doctors -- why not foundations? 

When I landed my first job in philanthropy, a colleague told me to expect three things: 

1. Your calls will always be answered.

2. Your jokes will always be funny.

3. People will tell you what...

November 9, 2018

Feminist Wednesdays, Peace Prize Thursdays and Critic for a Minute Fridays. Local hip hop and indie tracks. Candid discussion of news, views and social justice. No commercials!

Jill Hopkins hosts Morning AMp on Vocalo Radio 91.1, also called Chicago's Urban Alternative....

Let’s face it: thousands of Americans are working in low-paid jobs with no path for advancement—not because they want to, but because their options are limited without the basic credentials necessary to move up the career ladder.

A mounting body of research shows that p...

Indigenous women empowering themselves by re-connecting two dimensions - transferring cultural values while adopting new tools and opportunities- will create sustainable paths for their communities and territories, and for the planet.

Greetings from the Mapuche Ancestra...

Coston Plummer is a home-care worker on the South Side. He makes $11 an hour.

The work he does is draining, mentally and physically, and he wonders why the state can’t pay more. He wonders, actually, how long the state will continue to pay at all.

The State of Illinois h...

March 27, 2018

The Conant Family Foundation was one of 119 local, state, national, and global foundations that signed a letter to Secretary Wilbur Ross urging him not to add a citizenship question to the  2020 census.

Here's the full letter:

March 21, 2018

Honorable Wilbur L. Ross


Earlier this month, I was asked to explain City Bureau’s “practical” impact on the local media landscape—as in how, exactly, does City Bureau “move the needle” for a city in need of big ideas, solutions and action?

I could have talked about how our #PublicNewsroom model...

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