As part of their COVID-19 Emergency Relief and Recovery Grants Program, Illinois Humanities is offering virtual learning and capacity building opportunities for grantee-partners across the state throughout 2022.

This Capacity Building Series will cover topics such as fundraising, available grants opportunities, proposal writing, and many more. Stipends of $100 will be provided to each attendee, and workshops are capped at 60 participants. 30 slots will be reserved for participants from grantee-organizations in Cook County and 30 for participants from grantee-organizations outside of Cook County. There is a limit of one participant per grantee-organization per session; however, recordings of all sessions will be made available afterwards.

Registration is open now for the first session!

“Strengthening Your Fundraising Capacity”

Date: Wednesday, February 9th, 2022, from 1-3PM CDT

Description: This 2-hour session will focus on understanding how to position and strengthen your fundraising capacity as a nonprofit organization.

Presenters: This session will be led by Juana Guzman, a national arts strategist, who is a board member at Illinois Humanities, consultant for Bloomberg Philanthropies, and former Vice-President at the National Museum of Mexican Art; and Tracy Taft, former Executive Director at the International Sonoran Desert Alliance, who spearheaded the Curley School Artisan Housing Community Development and Urban-Rural Planning.

To register for the first session, click here. Note that this is a password-protected page; the password is IL2022 (case sensitive).

Upcoming activities will include a funders panel (April 2022) and workshops on proposal writing (June 2022) and how to grow & manage your volunteers program (August 2022), as well as facilitation trainings (which Illinois Humanities has offered to grantee-partners since 2017, please note stipends are not available for our facilitation trainings).