A year ago, we didn’t have a vaccine or all the information necessary to keep our communities safe. What was true then and now is that the harm caused is not equally distributed. Through our Critical Response Fund, Crossroads Fund has supported groups on the ground who have stepped up to ensure that their communities have the necessary information and resources to survive through mutual aid support.
Mutual aid isn’t about changing hearts and minds but about changing our economic structures and our social relationships to build the world we want. It is not just a number to call in an emergency, but a blueprint for how we build solid relationships and collectively care for our neighbors without expectations. It is profoundly challenging interpersonal work.
Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP) - a group providing mutual aid to LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness and creating alternative systems of support.
Mama's Activating Movements for Abolition and Solidarity - mothers of folks who have been impacted by criminal justice state violence.
360 Nation - a West Garfield Park community organization that works with youth to transform vacant lots into urban farms and spaces for developing critical consciousness.
Crossroads Fund is committed to supporting mutual aid movements rooted in the belief of solidarity, not charity. Will you join us in supporting these movements by making a one-time gift or a gift over time?
Since our founding 40 years ago, our mission has remained constant - to resource grassroots movements addressing the root causes of injustice to change systems. The groups we fund lead strategic social movements that don’t occur in isolation. The work is nuanced and complex and at the heart of it are the relationships we build across-race, across-class, gender diverse, intergenerational and more. Because we are all coming at this work from our own unique perspectives and lived experiences it can be, I’ll say it, messy. It’s not always shiny, but it is in the generative dialogues that we find important lessons.
Race Conscious Dialogues, working with white people to deepen their awareness of identity, power, and privilege, and develop tools for anti-racism work.
Evanston Present and Future is leading a Reparations Ambassadors program of white and non-black people of color who will educate others and fundraise for Evanston's reparations fund.
People Matter is working to uplift Black residents in Chinatown and address anti-blackness in Asian communities throughout Chicago.
At Crossroads Fund we pool resources to sustain movement work for the long haul. We know that change takes time and yes, hard truths. Crossroads Fund is committed to funding movements for racial, social, and economic justice in Chicago. Will you join us by making a one-time gift or a gift over time?
August is Black August.
August is Black Philanthropy Month
In 1979, Black August was created to honor political prisoners of the past and the present and celebrate the history of resistance.
We are called to reflect on the legacies of Black freedom fighters while rededicating ourselves to end incarceration in all its violent forms by divesting from systems that uphold white supremacy and colonialism and investing in communities' wellbeing.
August is also Black Philanthropy Month (BPM). A time to make visible all the ways Black people give to the community when this giving is always under-reported and not widely acknowledged. Crossroads Fund is grateful to all the Black giving that has sustained movements for justice throughout the ages. Below is information on both Black August and BPM.
- Study, fast, train, fight: The roots of Black August
- About Black Philanthropy Month
- Black Americans donate a higher share of their wealth than Whites
- Diversity in Giving: The Changing Landscaping of American Philanthropy
- Madam C. J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving: Black Women’s Philanthropy during Jim Crow
In the spirit of Black Philanthropy Month, we invite you to donate to Crossroads Fund. Join a diverse group of donors at Crossroads Fund committed to funding movements for racial, social, and economic justice in Chicago. Will you join us by making a one-time gift or a gift over time?
June turned out to be one of the warmest months on record for Chicago. The recent fiery full moon was a result of smoke from the Western wildfires that made its way across the United States. Meanwhile, some parts of Asia and Europe have experienced the worst floods in decades. These events are a solemn reminder that the planet we’re inhabiting continues to warm up. The deliberate actions by the state and institutions that uphold white supremacy today will have consequences that affect all of us, regardless of what corner of the world we live in.
At Crossroads Fund, we’re feeling the heat as we raise money to support grassroots movements sounding the alarm on environmental degradation and other disparities that influence our food, water, health and lifestyle choices for the foreseeable future. Our mandate is to fund grassroots groups mobilizing people towards a healthy and safe future that should be promised to all.
For the next four weeks we invite you to join our Hot Rad [ical] Summer fundraising campaign. Together, we will raise money to support organizing in Chicago. Will you join us by making a one-time gift or a gift over time?