Field Foundation Awards $1M to 38 Local Organizations

By October 20, 2020Field News

Field Foundation Awards $1M to 38 Local

The Field Foundation proudly announces its Fall 2020 grantees. In this grant cycle, 118 organizations applied for consideration; in September, 38 were selected representing slightly more than $1 million in support. The majority of these grants were awarded to organizations that are located in and/or focused on communities highlighted in Field’s heat map. Most are ALAANA-led organizations (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American).

Many, like Chicago United for Equity and Arts Alliance Illinois, are returning grantees whose missions and work we find it essential to continue supporting. Others, like The Chicago Crusader newspaper, are first-time grantees who are further deepening Field’s commitment to a robust Media & Storytelling portfolio that is expanding the communications landscape in Chicago.

Congratulations to all of our Fall 2020 grantees. We remain inspired by their bold vision and deeply connected work.


Our Justice portfolio focuses on systemic intervention work led by ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab and Native American) organizers working in communities across Chicago. Note the work this round we are honored to support in affordable housing, immigration, and bond reform. In this area, Field awarded 12 organizations.

Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance

Resident Association of Greater Englewood

Little Village Environmental Justice Organization

Communities United

Kenwood Oakland Community Organization

Chicago United for Equity

Jane Addams Senior Caucus

Healing to Action

First Defense Legal Aid

Organized Communities Against Deportations

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Enlace Chicago


The Art portfolio focuses on space-making and capacity-building, with continued emphasis on the intersections within Art and Justice. 16 organizations were awarded.

Chicago Community Loan Fund

Firebird Community Arts

Urban Growers Collective

Reunion Chicago

Arts Alliance Illinois

West Point School of Music

Center for Cultural Innovation

Floating Museum

Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center

Free Street Theater

Silk Road Rising

Africa International House USA, Inc.

Deeply Rooted Dance Theater

Free Lunch Academy

Honey Pot Performance

Sweet Water Foundation

Media & Storytelling

The Media & Storytelling portfolio supports ALAANA leadership and outlets that are taking multifaceted approaches to disrupting inequities within the media map. In this cycle, 10 organizations were awarded.

Traces of Home

Full Spectrum Features

OTV | Open Television

360 Nation

Henry Williams Love Foundation

StoryCorps, Inc

North Lawndale Historical and Cultural Society

InterAction Initiative Inc

Public Media Institute

Chicago Crusader Newspaper


Voices from the Field

Phillip Hummer

Phillip Hummer, Field Foundation Life Director

“Looking back, the Field Foundation has a tradition of fostering good people for board and staff positions to bring the foundation to its fullest potential. It has been fortunate to have Marshall Field’s dedication and guiding spirit from day one. Based on its record of enlightened grantmaking and innovation with changing times, I am confident that Field’s positive influence on the city of Chicago will continue to grow.”

Grantee Spotlight

Rami Nashashibi 

Rami Nashashibi with album collaborator Drea N’Dur. Courtesy of Nashashibi

Field Foundation Grantee, South Side community organizer, and founding director of Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) Rami Nashashibi is making his debut as musician, songwriter and executive producer of the album This LOVE Thing. A collaboration between Nashashibi and Buffalo, NY organizer Drea D’Nur being released October 23, This LOVE Thing blends different musical styles, genres, and faith influences. At least a half-dozen other artists, many of whom have worked in organizing and artistic circles with Nashashibi for years, are also included in the project. The single Mama Please invokes the memory and final words of George Floyd and is considered a powerful voice for this moment.

In a recent interview with Vocalo about community-engaged art as a creative outlet to promote social change, Nashashibi said: “At IMAN, we have always seen art as a way to radically reimagine the world as it could be in our community, and as a profound force to connect the disconnected.”

Nashashibi, a 2017 recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” grant, and 2018 Opus Prize Laureate said he hopes to present This LOVE Thing to live audiences in a multicity tour in 2021.

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