We Rise Together

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The power of working together

We Rise Together: For an Equitable & Just Recovery is a funders collaborative working with community members to respond to the urgent economic needs of Black and Latinx communities. Our model for community investment at scale supports coordinated, community-led commercial and economic development. Through strategic grants to real estate development projects that are community-led and leverage additional investment, we are building thriving neighborhoods and a stronger Chicago.

Housed at The Chicago Community Trust, We Rise Together unites partners and resources from philanthropy, business, community, nonprofits, and local governments.

Three levers of change, philanthropy, business practices, and public policy and practices, will help drive neighborhood investment, strengthen Black and Latinx businesses, and increase quality, resilient employment.

Imagine a Chicago in which everyone lives in a community with vibrant commercial corridors and locally owned small businesses, services and amenities that meet residents’ wants and needs, and living wage jobs.

Our response

Together, we’re tackling barriers to economic opportunity by pooling resources, engaging communities, the private sector and other public and private funders, and acting with a coordinated response.


Accelerate equitable economic recovery for Black and Latinx communities by pooling and distributing philanthropic resources.

Reform and advance public policies and business practices to ensure our region invests more equitably moving forward.

Desired outcomes

Spur transformational development in long-disinvested communities

Strengthen Black and Latinx businesses

Increase quality, resilient employment opportunities

We envision a Chicago region where all communities are valued, and neighbors do more than survive. They thrive.