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Resilient Funding Infrastructure

ALAANA/BIPOC-led organizations in Chicago receive far less funding than predominantly white institutions (PWIs). This is compounded by the fact that ALAANA/BIPOC organizations, which are more reliant on philanthropic funding than white organizations, also get the least support from the very foundations they depend on. (Portrait of Inequity)

This gap was brought into sharper focus with an uncontrollable force—COVID-19. The nonprofit arts, entertainment, and recreation sector lost over 36% of its jobs to the pandemic-induced financial crisis between February and December 2020, and at current rates of regrowth, is predicted to take more than two years to fully recover them. (The Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, Nonprofit Economic Data Project)

Many nonprofit arts and culture organizations operate grant-to-grant, are expected to compete for scarce resources, and must complete burdensome applications to access needed dollars. It’s difficult for them to survive, let alone thrive—even without the immense pressures and instability of a pandemic.

“Robust financial commitment would permit [ALAANA/BIPOC organizations] to think more bravely about their work and role in the city ecosystem.”

(Racial Equity in Arts Leadership)

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