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Crossroads Fund is excited to welcome Jane Kimondo as our new Executive Director and Michael Aguhar as our new Program Director.

Jane has been with Crossroads Fund for almost 14 years in our Program Department. As a known and respected leader in the grassroots, philanthropic, and donor communities, Jane has a strong track record of engaging grantees and donors in the work of Crossroads Fund.

Michael is an avid advocate for immigrants and workers rights and comes to us from Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE) where he was the Executive Director. AFIRE is a long-time Crossroads Fund grantee.

Take a listen to a brief conversation between Jane and Michael and get to know them a little better.

 

Transcript

(The interview has been edited for clarity.)

Lizette: Hello, my name is Lizette Garza and I’m the Program Manager at Crossroads Fund. We’re excited to introduce you to our new Executive Director, Jane Kimondo, and new Program Director, Michael Aguhar. Keep listening to get to know Jane and Michael a little better.

Jane: Hello, my name is Jane Kimondo and I’m the new Executive Director of Crossroads Fund.

Michael: Hi, my name is Michael Aguhar and I’m the new Program Director of the Crossroads Fund. Jane, what are you most excited about in being the Executive Director at Crossroads Fund?

Jane: It’s one question that I’ve been asking myself, why am I the new Executive Director of Crossroads Fund and what excites me at this particular moment? One, I want to acknowledge that I stand on shoulders of people. I want to, first of all, acknowledge the founders of Crossroads Fund, who took a lot of time and energy and resources to dream and dream big and make this a reality. Then, all the folks who have come along with us for the last 39 years, which has been a long road and a long journey to be where we are. When I look at this particular moment, and think about all the leadership of color that we have at the state, at the county, and also in the philanthropic field, what does this mean? What’s our mandate? Because even as we ascend to these positions of power, our communities are not benefiting directly. They still have a lot of things that destabilized their lives, whether it’s ICE raids or being pushed out of their communities because of high rents or development that comes into the community. That’s not for them, but for others. Or, just lack of public education that is really well equipped so that all children can reach their full potential. This is where the disconnect falls. So what’s our mandate and how do we always stay true to the communities that we come from? This is what makes me very excited about being the new Executive Director of Crossroads Fund.

Michael, what are you most excited about in this new role as a Program Director of Crossroads Fund?

Michael: First of all, I’m excited to be working with you, Jane, and the rest of the staff and board of Crossroads Fund to realize the collective vision that we all have and those of the founders. I’m also really excited to get to know the grantees and all of the work they do throughout Chicago to realize some new possibilities. The grantees who are working on building communities that don’t rely on the police, the grantees who are working with queer youth to find a sense of home and belonging, and the ones who are working throughout the city to hold government and other institutions accountable. Finally, I am really excited to be working with everyday folks who want to get involved and move their money into new models of organizing and movement building. I’m really excited to work with them so that they can realize that they too can make an impact and create change with every dollar they give, with every hour that they volunteer and with every relationship they build throughout the city and with grantees and other activists and organizers. So, yeah, all that really excites me and I’m looking forward to working with you.

What does it mean to be you and all that you embody and be the Executive Director of a public foundation that funds activists working for systems change?

Jane: Working at Crossroads Fund really embodies what it means that all the systems are interconnected. As a Black woman, as a parent, as an immigrant, I am not immune to the issues our communities are facing. I’m part and parcel of the community. So every day that I come to a Crossroads Fund I ask myself, "what can we do better?" "How do we change or replace the systems that are intentionally not made for us?" What drives me is to fundamentally change or replace the systems. These are systems that are made from a notion that some people are deserving and others are not deserving. As folks who collectively do not accept this notion, we have a duty to change the systems and replace them as much as we can. Given that the systems are not made for us.

Michael, as you transition from AFIRE into the philanthropic field, what are some of your thoughts?

Michael: My first thought is change is possible, right? That transformation, most importantly, is possible. I’ve seen it happen when domestic workers get in front of the mic and demand their rights; they demand a right to a fair wage, they demand protection from sexual harassment and discrimination. So I’ve seen it happen and I know that grantees across this city are doing that same thing. Change is possible when we uplift those voices of grassroots folks and create opportunities for them to shine. Change is possible when we’re able to share our stories with one another. When we connect those stories to our broader structure and a political analysis that understands that those systems of oppression are interconnected and that they work to oppress all of us, not just one of us. And change is possible when we move with intention with each other and with other communities who share our values to work at those intersections and create change for everyone. So it’s possible and I’m excited to be working with grantees to realize that and to support their work.

Jane: Welcome, Michael, to Crossroads Fund.

Michael: Welcome, Jane, to being the new E.D. of Crossroads Fund.

Lizette: Crossroads Fund is a public foundation supporting community organizations working on issues of racial, social and economic justice in the Chicago area. Learn more at crossroadsfund.org.

Thanks for listening!

Thu, Aug 08, 2019

2019 Giving Project

(Top from left to right) Jennifer Long, Zach Huelsing, Julian Hendrix, Christine Cupaiuolo, Julie Knorowski, Makkah Ali, Lisa Schergen, Andrea Meza, Jane Kimondo, Sheila McAnanly (Middle) Angela Lin, Carolina Gallo, Abbey Hambright, Chandra Palmer, Aaron Johnson, Salpi Apkarian, Daris Jasper, Ola Faleti (Bottom) Margot Babington, Ryn Osbourne, Cassandra Solis, Lizette Garza, Tami Cohen, Emmanuel Garcia (Not pictured: Cory Stevenson)

 

Crossroads Fund is excited to announce that our 2019 Giving Project cohort - a multi-racial, cross-class, intersectional group of 23 people - raised $144,823 from 282 donors!

This purposeful amount of money enabled us to make grants to 29 grassroots groups fighting and organizing for change in Chicago! This cohort illustrates the impact we can have when we pool our resources together and invite others to do the same.

Giving Project members laugh during their last meeting as a cohort.

We want to recognize the commitment each member made to be part of this experience. Over six months, the cohort participated in deep and challenging conversations on race and class; made an individual monetary donation that was significant to them; raised funds from their network through a process of "donor organizing;" and practiced participatory grantmaking to support strategic, necessary, and underfunded social justice organizing work around the city.

“I feel like I accomplished my goals for the Giving Project. Doing the project pushed me out of my comfort zone in a lot of my relationships – especially in talking about money! I am proud of myself and the money I raised, yet I feel like I could always do more.” – 2019 Giving Project Participant

 

The Giving Project program is part of Crossroads Fund’s commitment to racial justice. Through staff-facilitated trainings that explicitly named anti-blackness, white supremacy and centered the experiences of People of Color, the group had in-depth and nuanced discussions on the realities of structural oppression in our society and how our race and class show up in fundraising and grantmaking. Join us in congratulating them on their boldness and determination to fund groups fighting on the front lines for change.

 

The 2019 Giving Project cohort discuss their site visits on the grantmaking decision day.

 

Since 2015 the Giving Project program has raised more than $500,000 from over 900 donors.

 

Crossroads Fund’s Giving Project is an innovative model for democratizing philanthropy and grassroots organizing. Through political education that explores race and class, alumni of the Giving Project are equipped with fundraising and grantmaking skills, to be stronger advocates in raising money for progressive movements.

 

Crossroads Fund is a public foundation that supports grassroots organizations for racial, social, and economic justice.

 

Interested in joining the 2020 Giving Project? Please complete the form below and a Crossroads Fund staff member will contact you in November 2019 as we begin recruiting for the next cohort.

Mon, Jul 08, 2019



 Crossroads Fund staff Jeanne Kracher and Jane Kimondo accept their mugs! (credit: Sarah-Ji)

 

On behalf of Crossroads Fund board members and staff, thank you to our attendees, host committee, and sponsors for making our annual fundraiser a success!

Seeds of Change was a night of rejuvenation, community, and resistance. The Crossroads Fund annual benefit, held on Friday, April 5, convened a record number of supporters at the landmark Chicago Cultural Center. The event included a silent auction with over 150 items, food by Big Delicious Planet, and beer from Lagunitas Brewing Company.

Crossroads Fund Leadership Transition

Crossroads Fund Board co-Chairs, Sue Eleuterio and Gary Arnold, started the program by highlighting the organization's leadership transition. The Board recognized Jeanne Kracher for her 19 years of guiding the organization and Jane Kimondo, Crossroads Fund's future Executive Director, with a heartfelt coffee mug featuring their photo. Read more about Crossroads Fund's upcoming leadership transition here.

Campaign to End Money Bond

Chicago Community Bond Fund (CCBF) received the Donald F. Erickson Synapses Award for their leadership in fighting to end the use of money bond and pretrial incarceration in Illinois. Since 2015, CCBF has successfully organized to post more than $1 million to free over 200 people from jail or home confinement and their policy victories have resulted in over 10,000 fewer people being processed in the the Cook County Jail annually. CCBF Advocate Devoureaux Wolf accepted the award and gave recognition to the whole Chicago community for supporting the call to end the use of money bond.

Healing to Action Casts A Spell

Sheerine Alemzadeh and Patricia Pereda accepted the Lynda J. Tipton Memorial Award for Social Justice on behalf of Healing to Action. Patricia inspired and delighted the audience by casting the following "spell":

"I claim all the power of my liberation to learn to live without violence, pain, slavery, and ignorance. I appreciate and am grateful for being a Woman and I honor our mothers, ancestors whose spirits support, guide and sustain us. With this gift of power, I can begin to take action and be able to see the change in my generations and the results in our future. I plant the seed of love in order to rebuild my self-love and seek guidance to take action and in the process have a lot of patience with myself."

Patricia's words resonated on an evening where Crossroads Fund celebrated the dedicated work of Chicago's growing prison abolitionist and restorative justice movements.

Schools for Kids, Not for Cops!

The No Cop Academy Campaign accepted the Ron Sable Award for Activism for their organizing in responose to City Hall’s 2017 announcement to construct a $95 million police and fire training academy in West Garfield Park. The youth leaders guided the audience in a "mic check" call and response demanding that Chicago's elected officials invest in the city's youth of color rather than police. These fearless youth leaders brought the audience to their feet while adult allies distributed buttons and other items to everyone while chanting along. The No Cop Academy youth leaders' dynamic presence left an indelible mark on the Seeds of Change audience.

Thanks to our 2019 Seeds of Change Event Sponsors.

Chicago Community Bond Fund

Honoree Video

Chicago Community Bond Fund's Remarks at Seeds of Change 2019

 

Healing to Action

Honoree Video

Healing to Action's Remarks at Seeds of Change 2019

 

#NoCopAcademy

Honoree Video

No Cop Academy's Remarks at Seeds of Change 2019

 
   
 

(As of Friday, February 15)

Cook County State's Attorney Kimberly M. Foxx

State Representative Kelly Cassidy

State Representative Cristina Castro

State Representative Robyn Gabel

State Representative Will Guzzardi

Representative Greg Harris

Representative Theresa Mah

State Representative Aarón Ortiz

Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

Alderman Scott Waguespack

 

 

   
 

(As of Tuesday, February 19)

La Tony Alvarado-Rivera

Emmanuel Andre*

Lourdes Arias

Molly Armour

Gary M. Arnold*

Deepa Arora

Angela Barnes & Sofia Anastopoulos

Becky Belcore & Chris Williams

Jim Bennett & Terry Vanden Hoek

Mary Scott Boria

Laura Botwinick

Lara Brooks

Henry Cervantes*

Inhe Choi & Guy Ward

Ann Christophersen

Alice Cottingham

James Cusick & Megan Murray Cusick*

Shelley Davis & Omar McRoberts

Michelle Di Benedetto

Sue Eleuterio* & Tom Sourlis

Dale & Ruth Fast

Denise Ferguson*

Roxana Gonzalez*

Sharlyn Grace

Cristina Guerrero

Rhoda Rae Gutierrez & Jim Clark

Pat Handlin

Neena Hemmady & Amisha Patel

Brenda Hernandez

Janine L. Hoft* & Linda Wagner

Kim L. Hunt & Mary DeBacker

Kheira Issaoui-Mansouri*

Tim Jones-Yelvington

Susan Kaplan

Alice Kim

Danbee Kim

Julia Klein*

Nora Kyger*

Skyler Larrimore

Laura León

Rebecca Levin & Sophie Kaluziak

Sharmili Majmudar* & Laura Noah

Jordan Maze

Agnes Meneses*

Michelle Morales*

JoAnn & Cesareo Moreno

Mary F. Morten & Willa J. Taylor

Sheila O'Donnell & Nora Gallagher

Gina M. Olson & Amy Johnson

Alan Paberzs*

Christine Kim-Tai Plautz

Jon Quinn*

Barbara Ransby & Peter Sporn

Jessica Ratchford

Ireri Rivas*

Mony Ruiz-Velasco

Armando Israel Santana

Margie Schaps & Jack Doppelt

Bronwen Schumacher

Dick Simpson

Debbie Southorn

Kandace Thomas

Thelma Uranga-Baca

Ife Williams

Tom Wilson

Jaquelyn Zevin

*Also a Crossroads Fund Board Member

 
     
   

Leadership Circle: $7,500 and above

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Changemakers: $5,000 - $7,499

Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation

Resource Generation Chicago

Catalysts: $2,500 – $4,999

Susan Eleuterio & Tom Sourlis

Janine Hoft & Linda Wagner

Irving Harris Foundation

People’s Law Office

The Pierce Family Charitable Foundation

Visionaries: $1,000 – $2,499

David Abbene & Geri Gibbs

Kay Berkson & Sidney Hollander

John A. D’Emilio

Bob Horton & Jim Perry

Jeanne Kracher & Laura McAlpine

Jonathan Lehman &  Zach Huelsing

McAlpine Consulting for Growth

Movers & Shakers: $750 – $999

Samantha Asofsky

The Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago

David de Vries

James & Janet Fennerty

Esther Nieves

Third Wave Fund

Stewards: $500-$749

Bridget Arimond & Bruce Scheff

Mollie Anderson

Gary Arnold

Margot Babington

Angela Barnes

Becky Belcore & Christopher Williams

Jana Belsky & Tom Trauger

James Bennett & Terry Vanden Hoek

Martha Biondi

Stephen & Holly Babington

Ann Christophersen & Amy Blumenthal

Shelley Davis & Omar McRoberts

Jeff Edwards

Joshua Gilmore

Neena Hemmady & Amisha Patel

Tim Jones-Yelvington

Catherine Kallal & Maurice Lemon

Alice Kim

John & Susan Kim

Julia Klein

Skyler Larrimore & Felipe Diaz-Arango

Joey Mogul & Andrea Ritchie

Mary Morten & Willa Taylor

National Boricua Human Rights Network

Barbara Phillips

Gordon Quinn

Jon Quinn

Arlene Rodriguez

Carleen Schreder & Ralph Musicant

Eileen Willenborg & Jane Melnick

Sponsors: $250 – $499

John Bartlett

Megan Carney

Alice Cottingham

Mark & Sandy Ehlert

Sunny Fischer

State Representative Robyn Gabel

Monica George

Illinois Immigration Funders Collaborative

Nora Kyger

Sharmili Majmudar

Peter Orris

Melinda Power

Mony Ruiz-Velasco

Hollis Russinof and Michael Leff

Evelyn Salk

Dick Simpson

Mairita Smiltars

Tom Wilson

 
Wed, Apr 10, 2019

   
 

Jane Kimondo and Jeanne Kracher

 

Dear Friends of Crossroads Fund,

It is with mixed emotions that we write to let you know that Jeanne Kracher is retiring at the end of June 2019. We will miss her tremendously but we are also happy for her. It is with great excitement that we announce that Program Director Jane Kimondo will become the Executive Director in July 2019.

Jeanne joined Crossroads Fund as Executive Director in March of 2000. During her tenure, she helped to propel the organization to increase our grantmaking from $200K in 2000 to over $1 million in 2018, expand the staff, and initiate leadership development practices across all positions in order to create a strong bench. Jeanne oversaw the creation of the first endowments for Crossroads Fund with the Synapses Fund Endowment in 2009 and then the Big Change Campaign, which raised over $2 million in cash gifts, forming the basis of a general endowment with several focus funds. Over two decades, Jeanne worked with the staff and board to build a relevant, nimble, and strong organization committed to increasing resources for organizing and movement building. We thank Jeanne and wish her all the best as she moves into a more relaxed phase of life and want you to know that we will be creating opportunities in the next months to celebrate her leadership with you. 

We are thrilled to let you know that Jane Kimondo will be our new Executive Director starting on July 1, 2019.

Jane has been with Crossroads Fund for 13 years in our Program Department. As a known and respected leader in the grassroots, philanthropic, and donor communities in the Chicago region, Jane has a strong track record of engaging grantees and donors in the work of Crossroads Fund. She is exceptionally knowledgeable of our mission to support innovative organizing models that build strong movements for racial, social, and economic justice. Her leadership at Crossroad Fund was instrumental in the creation of the Youth Fund for Social Change; the Cultivate: Women of Color Program; and the Giving Project. Her years as Director of Programs combined with her experience in fundraising and communications have rooted her in the work of our entire organization. Jeanne and Jane have worked closely together over the last period within a senior leadership team model. No one knows the organization as well or is as committed to its future success, growth, and stability as Jane.

As Crossroads Fund moves into our next phase, we have a roadmap to guide us through the transition.  In 2018, we conducted a strategic planning process involving board, staff, and 51 stakeholders from a range of our community (grantees, donors, foundation colleagues). The three-year strategic plan that resulted will serve as a strong entry point and work-plan for the new Executive Director, staff, and board taking us into our 40th anniversary in 2021.

This passing of the baton, from Jeanne to Jane, is in keeping with our organizational commitment to build strong leaders and center people of color in all of our work. We are grateful to Jeanne Kracher and applaud her work to build a solid organization over the last 19 years. We are fortunate that Jane Kimondo is perfectly positioned to carry Crossroads Fund into our fourth decade of funding “change, not charity.”

As always, thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to this work. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Warm regards,

Sue Eleuterio                          Gary Arnold

Board Co-Chair                      Board Co-Chair

 

Tue, Mar 05, 2019

In the midst of political turmoil at all levels of government, this last year was a banner year for Crossroads Fund. It was the first time that we granted more than $1 million in a single fiscal year!

By pooling resources from over 1,000 donors and engaging in a community-driven grantmaking process, Crossroads Fund was able to deliver more resources to the organizers and activists who are reimagining and realizing the just Chicago that we deserve. Chicago's organizing ecosystem is thriving, and your support of Crossroads Fund has helped to make this possible.

   

 

Please read our 2018 Annual Report, highlighting our 2018 grantees and Crossroads Fund's impact.

Thank you for helping to make the $1 million in grants possible. Your support matters to transform philanthropy and build movements for justice in Chicago!

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 organizing that is led by directly impacted people, employs bold strategies, and campaigns that get to the root cause of injustice.

Thank you for all that you do to build movements and seed change in Chicago.

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Tue, Feb 19, 2019