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Mass Release Caravan at Cook County Jail during Covid-19 pandemic.

Our Organizing Will Free Us

The events of 2020 have made it abundantly clear that the world as we know it is no longer sustainable, and that our institutions are not serving the many. Author and political activist Arundhati Roy described the pandemic as a portal, and that is indeed a fitting metaphor for 2020. On one side lies the failures of essential systems to provide for people and the inevitable results: millions of deaths due to mishandled public health efforts; social uprisings against generations of state sanctioned violence; devastating fires and floods from climate change and environmental degradation; and national elections that simultaneously repudiated harmful policies while also endorsing beliefs that might not get us to the collective liberation that this moment demands. We acknowledge these widespread harms while inviting you to step through the portal to explore the other side and discover what else is possible.

Crossroads Fund and our grantee partners are committed to building a just world. Each year we are honored to collaborate with these grantees who are already working toward a new future. Every day they inch closer to a generative, supportive, and sustainable society that works for all people. They organize, build power, and cultivate joy while also mitigating the harms caused by extraction and violence. This work includes:

  • Reimagining economic systems that prioritize people over profits by establishing and educating communities on cooperative economic models
  • Ensuring housing is a right by halting evictions, demanding rent control, preventing gentrification, organizing to utilize vacant public housing, and demanding community benefit agreements that prioritize long time-residents alongside new development
  • Addressing the carceral systems head on by removing police from schools, demanding the reallocation of resources from the police to communities, ending money bond, and cutting ties between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and city government to stop deportations
  • Creating culture through film festivals, performance, photography, video, and music
  • Caring for people and cultivating solidarity through mutual aid, food, and cash assistance

We are proud of the 136 strong, committed, courageous and unapologetic grantees; for all that they do in the spotlight and behind the scenes. They are all essential in the work of movement building and paving the way toward a future world that we all deserve.

Jane Kimondo, Executive Director

CROSSROADS FUND 2020 GRANTEES

"This Is Not A Moment. These Are Movements."

At Crossroads Fund, we believe that we all deserve vibrant and healthy communities. Our grantees are mobilizing Chicagoans to build strong intersectional movements, coalitions, and campaigns that are challenging the entrenched powers that perpetuate injustice. We make grants to those fighting for justice today because they are creating the victories we will celebrate tomorrow.

Since 1981, Crossroads Fund has served as an anchor organization for movement building across the city by moving money to grassroots organizers working at the intersections of racial, social, and economic justice in Chicago.

Since day one, we have been committed to using a community grantmaking model to fund bold organizing that is led by people directly impacted by the issues, strategies, and campaigns that get to the root cause of injustice.

By pooling resources from 1,200+ donors and engaging a community of grantmakers, Crossroads Fund helps to build movements in Chicago.

ARTS & CULTURE

Axis Lab

The Center for International Performance and Exhibition dba HotHouse

The Chicago Palestine Film Festival

The Chicago SNCC History Project

For the People Artists Collective

Free Street Theater

Free Write Arts and Literacy

Honey Pot Performance

Illinois Humanities Council

SoapBox Productions and Organizing

St. Kateri Center of Chicago

The Women’s Voices Fund

ECONOMIC JUSTICE AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

The Alliance of the Southeast

The Co-op Ed Center (CEC)

Cooperation for Liberation

Equity and Transformation (EAT)

Northside Action for Justice

The Race Conscious Dialogues (RCD)

Silver Room Foundation

Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Chicago Asian Americans for Environmental Justice

People for Community Recovery

GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Alternatives To Calling Police During Mental Health Crises (ACP)

Believers Bail Out (BBO)

Black and Pink

Black Lives Matter Chicago (BLM)

Black Youth Project 100

Chicago 400 Alliance

Chicago Community Bond Fund

Chicago Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC)

Chicago Torture Justice Center (CTJC)

Chicago United for Equity

Citizen Advocacy Center (CAC)

IL Muslim Civic Coalition

Illinois Prison Project

LIV3

Live Free Chicago

Love & Protect

Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration

Parole Illinois

Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project (PNAP)

Prison Liberation Collective

Sister Survivor Network (SSN)

Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation (SOUL)

Unitarian Universalist Prison Ministry of Illinois

Westside Justice Center

Women’s All Points Bulletin (WAPB)

HEALTH & EDUCATION

Alliance for Community Services/RPCAN

Chicago ADAPT

Chicago Women’s Health Center

The Coalition to Save Our Mental Health Centers

Fathers, Families & Healthy Communities (FFHC)

Lifted Voices

Midwest Access Coalition (MAC)

Parents 4 Teachers

People Matter (PM)

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky

Raise Your Hand for IL Public Education

Telpochcalli Community Education Project

Ujimaa Medics

YogaCare

HOUSING JUSTICE

Autonomous Tenants Union (ATU)

Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance

Lift the Ban Coalition

Lugenia Burns Hope Center

Pilsen Alliance

Pilsen Housing Cooperative

Tenants United of Hyde Park, Woodlawn, and South Shore

The Northwest Side Community Development Corporation

HUMAN RIGHTS AND INTERNATIONAL POLICY

Christian Peacemaker Teams

Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine (CJPIP)

The National Boricua Human Rights Network (NBHRN)

IMMIGRATION JUSTICE

Albany Park Defense Network (APDN)

The Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE)

Blue Tin Production

Borderless Magazine

The Chicago Law and Education Foundation

The Gage Park Latinx Council

Illinois Immigration Funders Collaborative

Immigrant Solidarity DuPage

Little Village Solidarity Network

Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors

Organized Communities Against Deportation

PASO – West Suburban Action Project

Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project (SSIP)

United African Organization

Working Family Solidarity

LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, QUEER/QUESTIONING, INTERSEX, ASEXUAL

Affinity Community Services

Brave Space Alliance (BSA)

Lighthouse Foundation

Masjid al-Rabia

SER El Cambio

Transformative Justice Law Project (TJLP)

WORKERS RIGHTS

Centro de Trabajadores Unidos (CTU)

The Street Vendors Association of Chicago (SVAC)

Chicago Community and Workers Rights

Fight Now Chicago

Get to Work (GTW)

Healing to Action

The Sex Workers Outreach Project Chicago

The National LGBTQ Workers Center

The United Transporters Community Council (UTCC)

Workers Center for Racial Justice

YOUTH ORGANIZING

A Long Walk Home (ALWH)

About Face Theatre (AFT)

The Arab American Action Network (AAAN)

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago (AAAJC)

Blocks Together

Chicago Desi Youth Rising (CDYR)

Chicago Freedom School (CFS)

Chicago Student Action

Cicero Independiente

Circles & Ciphers

Club Taji Ciudad Hidalgo

Community Justice for Youth Institute

Dissenters

The Hana Center’s Fighting Youth Shouting Out for Humanity (FYSH)

InterAction Initiative Inc.

ONE Northside

Solidarity Studios

The Student Coalition for Reproductive Justice (SCRJ)

Territory

The Warehouse Project & Gallery

Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP)

Youth Outlook

TECHNOLOGY FUNDERS COLLABORATIVE

Action Now Institute

American Indian Center of Chicago

Arab American Action Network (AAAN)

Autonomous Tenants Union

Blocks Together

Brave Space Alliance

Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance

Chicago Freedom School

Chicago Workers Collaborative

Circles & Ciphers

Equity and Transformation (EAT)

Future Ties, NFP

Healing to Action

Immigrant Solidarity DuPage

Jane Addams Senior Caucus

Lighthouse Foundation

Live Free Chicago

Lugenia Burns Hope Center

Mothers Opposed to Violence Everywhere

Neighborhood Network Alliance

Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD)

People for Community Recovery

People’s Lobby

Pilsen Alliance

Restore Justice

SER El Cambio

Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP)

Telpochcalli Community Education Project

United Working Families

Youth Outlook

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Makkah Ali

Mollie Anderson

Emmanuel Andre

Henry Cervantes, Co-Chair

Megan Cusick, Treasurer

Cecile DeMello

Lee Andel Dewey

Roxana Enriquez

Denise Ferguson

Tracie D. Hall

Brenda Hernandez

Kheira Issaoui Mansouri

Julia Klein

Nora Kyger

Agnes Meneses, Co-Chair

Jon Quinn

Ireri Rivas

Muhammad Sankari

STAFF MEMBERS

Crossroads Fund staff "Zooming" (Not pictured: Jon Lehman)

Michael Aguhar, Program Director

Emmanuel García, Development and Communications Manager

Lizette Garza, Program Manager

Jane Kimondo, Executive Director

Jon Lehman, Development Consultant

Katie Madden, Administrative Assistant

Kristina Roque, Operations Manager

Alexis Sanchez Boyzo, Communications Associate

Edward Vogel, Finance and Special Initiatives Manager

FOUNDERS

Lucy & Peter Ascoli

Margaret Atterbury

Kay Berkson

Ashley Bullitt

Susan Coleman

Jean Hardisty

Paul Lehman & Ronna Stamm

Nancy Meyer

Bob Weissbourd

Ben Wolf

First Board of Directors of the Crossroads Fund, circa 1981.

Crossroads Fund is a public foundation that supports community organizations working on issues of racial, social , and economic justice in the Chicago area.

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