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A Decade of Building Toward Racial Equity at Woods Fund Chicago

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Woods Fund Chicago is a private grantmaking foundation committed to funding community organizing and public policy advocacy that advances racial equity and economic justice. A core principle of Woods Fund is that people most impacted by structural racism and economic injustice lead the process of defining problems and developing solutions.

This case story tells the story of how they used data to better understand their impact, name and share values relative to racial equity, and made changes to their grantmaking priorities, strategy, and practices as a result of their commitment. Learn more about some really big changes like:

  • Implementing racial equity requirements for their grantees
  • Supporting grantee capacity to improve their own equity practice
  • Using a racial equity framework to guide their internal operations