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Finding a Foundation Partner for your Project


Do you have a great project for your Southside Arts & Humanities nonprofit organization that needs funding? 


If so, please RSVP for the following seminar hosted by the Southside Arts & Humanities Network, a program of the Civic Knowledge Project. 



Finding a Foundation Partner for your Project

1) How to talk so funders listen

2) How to find foundations to fund your project



Wednesday, March 12th from 6:00pm-9:00pm

Wednesday, March 19th 5:30-6:30pm

Location: University of Chicago Campus


 John Crerar Library

 5730 South Ellis Avenue

 Chicago, IL 60637

Parking: Free parking is available two blocks north at 55th and Ellis.


Cost: Free for Network Members



RSVP: Joanie Friedman (see below for information to include with your RSVP).



Who is eligible to participate: Staff or board members of small and midsized arts and humanities non-profit organizations on the south side. Organizations that have had 501(c)(3) status for at least 3 years are especially encouraged to attend.


Course Description:

Angel Ysaguirre from The Boeing Company, Elaine Wackerly from Court Theater and Dan Parisi and Ken Olliff from the University of Chicago are teaching a hands-on professional development seminar designed to help Network Members talk to funders and find foundations to fund their projects. The first half of the seminar will be led by Angel Ysaguirre, who has worked with the Illinois Humanities Council and currently works with The Boeing Company on Global Community Investing.  He will talk about the “do’s” and “don’ts” of speaking with funders and lead a discussion on how to have authentic conversations about your organization.


During the second half of the seminar we will split into small groups and each participant will receive individual attention from a fundraising expert on how to search the University’s database (Foundation Center) for foundations that may be a good match for your organization. By the end of the 3-hour workshop, each participant will be able to print out a list of potential funding sources that can be used as part of an overall fundraising strategy.


This is a unique opportunity to use the informational and intellectual resources of the University of Chicago to help build the capacity of small and mid-sized arts and humanities non-profit organizations on the south side of Chicago. RSVP now because space is limited to 25 participants with a limit of two individuals per organization. 



In order to RSVP please contact Joanie Friedman at and provide the following information: Name, Organization Name, Address, Phone, Email, 1-2 sentence description of your arts or humanities non-profit organization, budget size and past experience with foundation fundraising, and particular questions that might be addressed in the course.


Information on the Instructors:

Angel Ysaguirre

Angel Ysaguirre has worked at the Illinois Humanities Council and is currently the Director of Global Community Investing at The Boeing Company.


Elaine Wackerly

Elaine B. Wackerly has served as Director of Development at Court Theatre since 2005.  Previously she has worked in development and general management at the Goodman Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, and Dallas Summer Musicals.


Dan Parisi

Daniel is the Director of Grants & Fellowships in the Division of the Humanities at the University of Chicago and has worked for over seven years as a grant writer. He honed his craft writing grants for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and joined the Division as its grants director one year ago. In recent years he also has been working as a freelance grant writer; his clients include Care For Real, a North Side food pantry, and the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus. Daniel was born and raised on the South Side.



Ken Olliff

Ken Olliff is the Director for Strategic Foundation Initiatives at the University of Chicago.  His responsibilities include developing foundation support for programs and projects across campus and coordinating the University’s relationships with Chicago-area and national foundations.  His particular area of expertise is developing large interdisciplinary research initiatives for which the University’s expertise matches the interests and priorities of major foundations. 




About The Southside Arts and Humanities Network

The Southside Arts and Humanities Network, “The Network,” is a collection of small and mid-sized arts and humanities organizations based on the south side of Chicago. The Network aims to leverage the space, intellectual, technological, and volunteer resources of the University (and the city) to support small arts and humanities institutions.  


Civic Knowledge Webpage

The Network’s Blog  


Joanie Friedman

Southside Arts & Humanities Network Coordinator

The University of Chicago

Division of the Humanities

Civic Knowledge Project

1115 East 58th Street, Walker 009

Phone: (773) 834-3929 Fax: (773) 702 6305

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