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From the President’s Desk

Shari Runner

For nearly a century the Chicago Urban League has been at the forefront of providing strategic and impactful advocacy, programming and outreach in education, economic development and social justice. Born out of a national movement to meet the needs of African Americans migrating to urban areas in search of a better life, we have been fearless in our efforts to remove barriers that prevent individuals and families from opportunities that enable them to strengthen their lives and their communities.

At our core, we are a civil rights organization that works with a diverse group of collaborative and funding partners who share our vision that a strong African American community is a better Chicago. With the help of our partners, we are able to reach more than 10,000 people annually through programmatic areas that include education, entrepreneurship, housing, human capital and workforce development and our civic engagement that includes advocacy for education funding equity, community safety and health and wellness.

As you visit our website, please take a moment to learn more about our impact in the communities we serve. We also invite you to become a part of the movement by volunteering at one of our events, joining one of our three auxiliaries, or becoming a contributor.

While much has been accomplished since we first opened our doors in 1916, more work remains to ensure that African Americans and all who are unserved and marginalized have access to the opportunities to transform their lives. Before you leave our website, we hope you will register for one of our programs, mark your calendar for a community forum, and help spread the word about our work. And feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about how you can help the Chicago Urban League expand touch even more lives in Chicago and beyond.

Yours in the movement,

Shari Runner
Interim President and CEO