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New Pooled Funding Initiative Looks to Boost Black Leaders in Education — Inside Philanthropy

The 1954 Project and its commitment to foster and support Black leaders across the education landscape and transform education for all, was recently featured in Inside Philanthropy.

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Former McDonald’s CEO seeks $100M to help Black educators

This Crain’s Chicago Business article features the CAFÉ’s newest initiative, The 1954 Project. Named for the year the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the school segregation case Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 Project’s goal is ...Read More

2020 Change Maker: Liz Thompson, Founder and President of The Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education

By: Lauren Coughlin

Liz Thompson knows the power of a good educator.

“I have always admired teachers because of the amazing people that taught and ...Read More

Black Americans donate a higher share of their wealth than Whites

By: Michelle Singletary

This article titled, “Black Americans donate a higher share of their wealth than Whites,” outlines how Black Americans give a larger share of their wealth to charities than ...Read More

Investing in the Genius of Black Educators

By: Melinda Wright

The 1954 Project aims to realize the unkept promise of Brown v. Board of Education

In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ...Read More

Liz Thompson chosen as 2018 Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow

Pahara and Aspen Institutes Announce New Class of Leaders for Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship

SAN FRANCISCO (October 25, 2018) – The Pahara Institute, together with the Aspen Institute, announced today ...Read More

Chicago Scholars 35 under 35: Dawn Frances Reese

In addition to receiving Chicago Crain’s prestigious 40 under 40 honor, Dawn Frances advances the mission of the Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education to support and mentor underserved Chicago students & professionals by investing in organizations focused ...Read More

Crain’s 40 under 40: Dawn Frances Reese

Dawn Frances Reese met Liz Thompson in 2014, just as Thompson, the wife of former McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson, had settled on creating a family foundation focused on education. By the time the foundation was ready to ...Read More

Liz is Honored as a Leadership Sponsor at the Chicago Child Care Society 2019 Luncheon

Join us in helping children and youth of Chicago build their dreams!

From humble beginnings in 1849 as an orphanage, the history of CCCS has paralleled the history of our ...Read More

Make It Better Includes Liz Thompson in “42 of Chicago’s Top Black Women of Impact”

February marks Black History Month. During this month, Make It Better celebrates black women of impact who are making Chicagoland a better place. These dynamic women are among a select group who continually demonstrate what it means ...Read More

Imprints Interviews Don & Liz Thompson on Giving Back to the Minority Engineering Program

Electrical Engineering Alums Support Successful Initiatives for Underrepresented Minorities

Don and Liz Thompson give back to the longstanding Minority Engineering Program.

Ask Don (BSEE '84) ...Read More

WHPK 88.5 FM’s The Pride of the South Side Interviews Liz Thompson on Philanthropy

Julie Xu covers the Resurrection Projects' Increase the Peace Campout. Bridget Vaughn interviews Liz Thompson of CAFE - the Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education - about philanthropy in the Black community of Chicago. Sam Larsen visits The ...Read More

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