Launching Nation’s First Innovation-Focused Philanthropy Center in Chicago – March 2020
FBRK Impact House is committed to the future of philanthropy, starting in Chicago
Field Foundation is proud to have conceptualized and co-created FBRK Impact House with entrepreneur Israel Idonije on the nation’s first innovation-focused philanthropy center dedicated to serving and supporting foundations, grant makers, and impact investors committed to social change.
Several years ago, the Field Foundation, Woods Fund and US Artists began to dream together about what would happen if we actually left our false silos and physically uprooted ourselves to be closer together. To listen more, learn collectively, and ultimately create an open, loving space that connects us better. What might happen for our collective social impact goals? And then, for our city?
Along with our partners, including Forefront, A Better Chicago, Chicago Public Library Foundation, Children First Fund and Pillar’s Fund, it was our belief that Chicago’s philanthropic organizations can work better together, share ideas and resources, reduce redundancies, and operate with greater efficiency.
At our core, we are believers. While fiercely independent, we are also very connected. Lined by lake, rumbled by el trains, enlivened by all the languages and music, and murals and dance. We are the fibers that build the fabric, the fabric which connects us.
A connected fabric is really the concept of the FBRK Impact House.
In 2020, Field Foundation was the first to move into the FBRK Impact House—a next step toward community empowerment within philanthropy. Field Foundation is proud to have conceptualized and co-created FBRK Impact House, the nation’s first innovation-focused philanthropy center dedicated to serving and supporting foundations, grant makers, and impact investors committed to social change.
Come visit us. We need each of us to make an impact and to make a house a home.
The Field Foundation
Entrepreneur and former Chicago Bear, Israel Idonije and Angelique Power, Field Foundation president, at the FBRK Impact House contract signing in March 2019.