Organizations as Tools for Community Empowerment (Chicago)

Friday, January 25, 2019 -
9:30am to 11:30am CST
Forefront Large Conference Room
208 S. LaSalle Street, #1535
This event is open to: 

Operating Nonprofit members of Forefront and the general public.

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In this thought - and action - provoking session, we will challenge ourselves to consider the role of nonprofit organizations as vehicles for social change and as means to address structural oppression. Through various exercises, we will explore the following questions:

  • Can community organizations undermine potential for community empowerment?
  • How do we experience unequal power between organizations and community members?
  • What role do external funding obligations play in shifting or maintaining power dynamics among organizations and community members?
  • How do we challenge norms within organizational structures as nonprofit leaders?
  • What tools do we have as nonprofit professionals to challenge structures of oppression in communities?


This workshop is ideal for nonprofit and grantmaking professionals, from front-line staff to senior management.

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