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I Grow Chicago to We Grow Chicago

The impact of community led place-based efforts are finally getting the philanthropic attention they deserve. Place-based strategies focus on the whole set of issues a community faces and tackles those issues in tandem to improve a comprehensive and common results framework, taking advantage of the synergy achieved by addressing multiple issues at once. Solidarity Futures worked transform a single place-based nonprofit located in West Englewood — with shrinking ties to the neighborhood — to becoming a hub for Black-led organizations and leaders indigenous to Englewood who best understood how to partner with and support community members. In doing this, the original organization leaned even more deeply into its commitment to community and its motto: “If in doubt, love.”

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