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