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Former McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson and Cleveland Avenue Foundation’s Liz Thompson: Breaking Barriers

The first Black CEO of McDonalds and his wife, a nonprofit education leader, discuss breaking racial barriers throughout their careers.

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2021 Innovator Award for Social Impact from Loyola University Chicago’s Baumhart Center

The Innovator Awards recognize companies who are at the forefront of social innovation in business.

The awards celebrate companies across three categories of innovation: marrying profit and purpose, social impact, and ...Read More

Through family foundation, ex-McDonald’s CEO adds education as focus in helping entrepreneurs–Chicago Sun Times

On April 28, former McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson and wife Elizabeth will dole out $1 million to five organizations achieving the goals of diversity in teaching and economic mobility in the Black community in an online event ...Read More

Why Black Representation is Especially Important When it Comes to Charitable Giving–WTTW

Our very own, Liz Thompson, CAFE President, was featured, on Chicago Tonight, alongside Monique Brunson Jones from Forefront and Tawa Mitchell from the MacArthur Foundation, in a panel on Black philanthropy.

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Celebration and Million-Dollar Grants for Black Educators—Inside Philanthropy

A reflection on The 1954 Project Luminary Awards celebration was recently featured in Inside Philanthropy. 

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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 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

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

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