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Chicago Youth Storage Initiative comes to a celebratory close

On June 26, 2018 youth service providers, funders, City of Chicago officials, community stakeholders and young people gathered to celebrate the impact of the Chicago Youth Storage Initiative (CYSI). Pierce Family Foundation was a founding partner in CYSI, along with Knight Family Foundation, Polk Bros. Foundation and Tracy Baim of Windy City Times. CYSI was created to …

PFF noted in Chronicle of Philanthropy article

Pierce Family Foundation was lauded for its support of nonprofits’ technology needs in an editorial by Chantal Forster, Executive Director of Technology Association of Grantmakers, that appeared in The Chronicle of Philanthropy on January 31, 2022. In “Grantmakers Should Stop Resisting Nonprofits’ Pleas for Increased Technology Funding,” Foster argues that both better communication within and …

Heather Parish named Field Catalyst

The Center for Community Investment (CCI) at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is proud to announce the selection of the inaugural cohort of its Field Catalyst program. Among those chosen is Pierce Family Foundation Co-Executive Director Heather Parish. These 13 leaders from across the United States are established practitioners in community investment and development, racial justice, and …

PFF mentioned in Inside Philanthropy

Inside Philanthropy published an article highlighting the problems that nonprofits have with IT, particularly acute during the pandemic. The article profiled Technology Association of Grantmakers (TAG), and their important work in both providing nonprofits with IT resources and encouraging more foundations to support IT needs. Pierce Family Foundation was mentioned as a funder who is …

PFF on Fund the People podcast

Pierce Family Foundation Co-Executive Director Heather Parish recently appeared on Fund the People, a podcast with Rusty Stahl. She is joined by Lisa May Simpson of Forefront, and the two discuss the importance of knowledge sharing in the nonprofit sector. Give it a listen!

Co-ED joins other Black philanthropic leaders in open letter

Co-Executive Director Heather Parish joined other Black philanthropic leaders in an open letter published in Crain’s Chicago Business, How to achieve the just treatment of Blacks – and all people of color. “The 21st-century activists who lead peaceful protests in our city and around the world represent the full spectrum of race, class and gender identity. They …

PFF Participates in National Day of Racial Healing

The Pierce Family Foundation hosted a Racial Healing Circle for grantees on Tuesday, January 21 as part of the National Day of Racial Healing. More than 40 such circles were held during the week at agencies all over Chicago. At PFF’s circle, more than one dozen representatives from our grantees took part and offered a number …

Co-ED appears on national panel

The National Center for Family Philanthropy held its annual Forum on Family Philanthropy in Chicago in October 2019. Pierce Family Foundation Co-Executive Director Heather Parish was a featured speaker at the plenary session, “Everything Old is New Again: Gen Op, Capacity Building, and Multi-Year Grants.” The session argued for a strong investment in nonprofit’s personnel, strategic plans, …

PFF lauded for supporting nonprofit cybersecurity

Three organizations promoting technology in nonprofits – NTEN, Technology Affinity Group, and Tech Impact – have released a report calling on all foundations to support cybersecurity in nonprofits. Their collaborative funder briefing, “Cybersecurity Essentials for Philanthropy,” includes Pierce Family Foundation as an example of a funder who takes this issue seriously and providing grantee support for it. As PFF’s …

10th Anniversary Celebration

The Pierce Family Foundation gave our first grant in 2008. In early September of 2018, to celebrate our 10th anniversary, PFF staff members went on a two-day whirlwind tour to all of our Core Grantees, past and present. Each organization was presented with a Celebrating Our Core Grantees document, a grant to be used on staff appreciation …