Incubate 20+ social enterprises operating in under resourced communities in the City of Chicago
Invest (financially and with our human capital) into 10 strategic leaders of social enterprises in our fellowship program
Identify and mobilize 60+ male and female professional marketplace leaders to invest their time and finances into social enterprises in the City of Chicago
For more than 27 years, Goodcity has been a leader in strengthening organizations serving under-resourced communities. Our approach includes building the capacity of emerging organizations, facilitating economic resources through fiscal sponsorship, and fostering collaborations.
Thank you to all of you who participated in our end of the year giving. Together we were able to raise over $80,000.00 in end of the year donations for our work in strengthening communities, equipping leaders, and empowering organizations. We want to send special thanks to all of you who were first time donors into the work we are doing. Welcome to the family! Through your investment we surpassed our goal of $50,000.00 by 60%.
J. Robert "Rob" Effinger (1934-2013)
Last year, Goodcity lost a friend and former board member in J. Robert Effinger. "Rob" as he was most affectionately called was a tireless volunteer and friend of our organization. He inspired hundreds to bring their dream into a reality. There were countless mornings where you will find Rob at the offices in Austin (Chicago) meeting with individuals who came in because they had a desire to start an organization or start a social enterprise. He was a member of our family and we will miss him dearly.
Thank you Rob for the inspiration you gave all of us and for your model of love and care. Arrangements are being made by the staff to honor Rob for all of his contributions to the community and to the organization.
A remembrance of his life can be found in a recent article by the Chicago Tribune by clicking here.
Goodcity Through Amazon.com!
Goodcity Chicago is honored to be a part of Amazon's nonprofit charity program. Through Amazon Smiles, Amazon customers can support their favorite charity through purchases on the company's website.
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to charity. There is no cap on the amount and almost every physical product sold by the company is eligible.
We encourage all of our supporters and friends to support Goodcity and our program partners through this site.
Congratulations to Shoeheals (Charisma Cannon) and Fathers for the Future (J. Michael Carr) who was selected by ComEd to be one of their 28 profiled Neighborhood Heroes in their Black History Power of One Campaign.
Each hero will be featured in a :60 video presentation that will capture the essence of how they are powering lives in their community and neighborhood. We are proud to have both individuals as a part of our Goodcity Incubator Program.