Giving Back & Beyond

CAAIP promotes dialogue between philanthropic organizations and nonprofits serving people of color, advocates for investment by African Americans and builds infrastructure for equitable leadership roles in philanthropy.

We envision a philanthropic community that effectively responds to the needs of African American communities and is inclusive of Black leadership and talent.

Our Story

Chicago​ African Americans in Philanthropy (CAAIP) is a membership organization committed to advancing philanthropy in African American communities.

CAAIP started as Chicago Blacks in Philanthropy (CBIP) in 1982. CBIP was started to increase philanthropy in the black community. Some early issues addressed during CBIP’s inaugural years were grantmaking for African American communities and organizations, starting networks for hiring blacks in philanthropy, increasing retention of those individuals hired, and advancing African Americans in philanthropy. Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy was formed in 1998. There were than 75 individuals involved in founding CAAIP. Each member represented a philanthropic organization in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Leadership Team

Iona Calhoun-Battiste, Thrive Chicago

Special Events Committee

Sabrina Greig, Fry Foundation

Membership Committee Chair 

Caronia Grimble, Woods Fund


Caroline McCoy, McCormick Foundation

Social Justice Committee Chair

Tawa Mitchel, MacArthur Foundation 


Ayom Siengo

Skills for Chicagoland's Future



Jessyca Dudley

Arabella Advisors 

208 South LaSalle , Suite 1540

Chicago, Illinois 60604


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