A Note from Our President, Angelique Power
On Wednesday, July 27, I officially began as President of the Field Foundation of Illinois. I am so honored to work for a foundation that for nearly eighty years has been dedicated to addressing some of Chicago’s most vexing issues while also supporting its entrepreneurial and creative spirit.
This foundation has played an important role in our city’s history. This is thanks to the wise and steady counsel of our board; the thoughtful and bold leadership of past President Handy Lindsey and Executive Director Aurie Pennick; and the current dynamic staff composed of Mark Murray, Cheryl Heads, Heather Smith, JoAnn Ross, and Beatrice Young.
From the moment I accepted this role, I’ve met several current and past grantees who eagerly told me what a friend and good neighbor the foundation has been to their organizations. The Field Foundation is well known for leaving the confines of the office space behind to cross our city and sit down with potential grantees. Field is also known for listening to and learning from nonprofit leadership and staff. Field often believes in organizations before anyone else, and this seed money and early vote of confidence helps to bring other partners and resources to the table.
And yet, these are extraordinary times in our country and in our neighborhoods. At Field we know the true heroes are the people in the trenches within nonprofits, schools, city services, community groups, and beyond helping to shape, counsel, heal, and re-imagine our everyday.
So what's next? In addition to continuing our commitment to a culture of learning, listening, and responding to Chicago’s opportunities with thoughtful intentionality, we are also challenging ourselves to continue to be relevant and responsive to the changing needs of our complicated, scarred, and astonishingly beautiful and entrepreneurial city.
In the coming months I, along with the Field staff, hope to commune with and learn from many more of you. We will ask for your direct input on our work at the foundation as well as the present needs and opportunities in our city.
In the meantime, I wanted to send a warm hello from your new neighbor. I look forward to crossing paths, talking over the fence, and sharing our city together.