Empowering Communities, Empowering Chicago

How We Measure Success

Our measures for success transcend traditional business models. We measure impact beyond funding secured for community projects. We believe impact is more accurately measured by direct economic and social change, and community transformation that improves quality of life and supports job creation and wealth-building. In addition to direct capital investments and lending, we also monitor Black and Latinx business ownership in communities of color and the diversity of products and services available in communities.

Project Highlights

Obsidian House — Obsidian Collection Archives, Bronzeville

Renovation of the 12,000 sq. ft. historic Lu & Jorja Palmer Mansion, which will house and showcase digitized Black legacy press photos and other historical photo archives documenting Black life. Obsidian Collection Archives is a nonprofit dedicated to reclaiming and preserving Black, visual archival history.

E.G. Woode, Englewood

Renovation of a 4,000 sq. ft. commercial storefront that serves as an incubator for neighborhood entrepreneurs. E.G. Woode is a collectively owned “social real estate development enterprise” that utilizes commercial real estate and small business development to revitalize underserved communities.

Fresh Market — Go Green on Racine, Englewood

Renovation of a 7,000 sq. ft. commercial storefront housing a fresh market, dine-in café, and community classes. Go Green on Racine is a collaboration between IMAN, Teamwork Englewood, E.G. Woode, and R.A.G.E. The project aims to bring over $30 million in concentrated investment to Englewood.

“Efforts like the Community Desk are critical for helping community-driven projects and businesses secure the capital they need to grow and thrive.”

— Brian Fabes, Managing Director, Corporate Coalition