Highlights

  •  06/26/2020

    Chicago Launches Groundbreaking Initiative to Bridge Digital Divide, Providing Free High-Speed Internet Access to Over 100,000 Cps Students

    Public, Nonprofit and Philanthropic Leaders Develop $50 Million Program to Provide Free, High-Speed Internet for Four Years

    “This terrible pandemic has made it crystal clear that access to high speed internet is a critical element of our social safety net. Sadly, too many young Chicagoans and their families lack access to this powerful tool which improves educational, economic, social and health outcomes. The Pritzker Traubert Foundation is proud to support this vital program that will help connect nearly 100,000 of our young people to the many benefits that connectivity and collaboration can deliver.”–Penny Pritzker, Trustee, Pritzker Traubert Foundation and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

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  •  05/12/2020

    U of I’s DPI lands $3.9 million for research to help students

    The University of Illinois Discovery Partners Institute has attracted $3.9 million in philanthropy for a project that will use data to analyze how to help Illinois students be more successful.

    The Illinois Workforce & Education Research Collaborative, or IWERC, was launched by DPI in March with that funding from the Joyce Foundation, the Steans Family Foundation, the Pritzker Traubert Foundation, the Spencer Foundation and two anonymous donors.

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  •  04/28/2020

    Coronavirus fund led by former Obama official raises over $30 million

    The coronavirus outbreak has wrought illness and economic pain but also prompted a surge of philanthropy. Among the relief efforts is a fund in Illinois led by former U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker that has raised over $30 million and supported nearly 50 nonprofit organizations in the state, Pritzker told Yahoo Finance.

    “The pain is very deep and very harsh,” Pritzker tells Yahoo Finance Editor-in-Chief Andy Serwer… “We have millions of people across this nation and certainly people in Illinois that are really feeling the significant pain due to this virus.”

    “This is an all-hands-on-deck moment,” adds Pritzker. “The ability for us to be able to bring together philanthropic resources to do our part to help — it’s really been a great honor to be able to do it.”

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  •  03/17/2020

    Chicago Prize Finalist ‘The Aspire Initiative: Building A Stronger Cradle-to-Career Pipeline in Austin’

    The Pritzker Traubert Foundation is offering a $10 million grant to a single community-driven initiative aimed at bettering the lives of residents on the South or West Side of Chicago.

    Reset sits down with one of the Chicago Prize finalists, “The Aspire Initiative: Building A Stronger Cradle-to-Career Pipeline in Austin,” to hear about their proposal.

    GUEST: Darnell Shields, executive director, Austin Coming Together

    Morris Reed, CEO of Westside Health Authority

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  •  03/16/2020

    Chicago Community Trust, United Way launching coronavirus fund

    A fund aimed at helping victims of the coronavirus outbreak is being set up by the Chicago Community Trust and United Way of Metro Chicago, assisted by City Hall, business leaders and other philanthropies.

    The Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund plans to help local nonprofits improve provision of emergency food and basic supplies, as well as rent, mortgage and utility assistance, according to the sponsors. It will cover Cook and DuPage counties.

    Contribution pledges came from the Crown Family Philanthropies, Loop Capital, the MacArthur Foundation, the McCormick Foundation, Northern Trust, the Pritzker Traubert Foundation and Michael Reese Health Trust.

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  •  03/09/2020

    Chicago Prize Finalists Share Vision For Auburn Gresham

    With a $10 million grant up for grabs, WBEZ’s Reset with Jenn White talks to another finalist organization for the Pritzker Traubert Foundation’s “Chicago Prize”. From a healthy lifestyle hub to office spaces and more, we focus is on the work being done by Catalytic Development of Auburn Gresham

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  •  03/05/2020

    These 6 Projects Would Help Revitalize North Lawndale If $10 Million Chicago Prize Is Awarded, Organizers Say

    After being named a finalist for the Pritzker Traubert Foundation’s $10 million Chicago Prize, North Lawndale neighborhood groups collaborating on their entry for the grant were given $100,000 and tasked with refining their plans for how the prize money would be spent.

    Now, as they build out their implementation plans for the six projects dubbed “Advancing North Lawndale Together,” the groups are inviting residents to help decide how the funds will be used to improve the community.

    Residents and neighborhood organizations affiliated with the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council, which is backing the Lawndale entry for the Chicago Prize, gathered for a Tuesday night community engagement meeting at the Sinai Community Institute, 2653 W. Ogden Ave.

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  •  03/02/2020

    Little Village Group Vying for $10 Million Prize

    The Pritzker Traubert Foundation is giving away a $10 million grant that’ll be given to a group or groups working to improve certain neighborhoods in Chicago. Today, WBEZ’s Reset with Jenn White highlights the work of another of the finalists for the Chicago Prize.

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  •  02/28/2020

    $10 Million Chicago Prize Would Help ‘Forgotten Community’ Of South Chicago Rise Again

    A redevelopment plan backed by a coalition of South Chicago community groups is a finalist for the $10 million Chicago Prize.

    The ambitious plan calls for new parks, streetscapes and community centers — badly-needed investments in an area that saw a massive population drop following the closure of the steel mill in the ’90s.

    The $100,000 award given to each finalist has also gone toward renderings and other pre-development work, boosting the chances of the projects’ completion in any circumstance.

    The Pritzker Traubert Foundation will announce the Chicago Prize winners this summer.

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  •  02/27/2020

    Neighbors and activists broke ground in Englewood on ‘Go Green on Racine’ initiative

    Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood is going green as the community breaks ground on a new project to revitalize the area around 63rd and Racine Avenue.

    Thursday, the residents group R.A.G.E along with its community partners announced the “Go Green on Racine” initiative, a quality of life plan to develop a thriving green corridor in the heart of the South Side neighborhood.

    The effort comes as the “Go Green” project is among the six finalists for the $10 million Chicago Prize grant, which supports community improvement.

    While the recipient won’t be announced until June and the market is set to open in August, neighbors say it’s worth the wait.

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