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Stay tuned to learn about our 2023 lineup of IFF Propel Coffee & Conversations Events for nonprofit leaders like you!  Stop by for 15 minutes or sit and stay a while to talk with IFF about what you need to propel and scale your nonprofit organization. We look forward to meeting you and your peers.

IFF is committed to Chicago's South and West sides

For years, IFF has worked with leaders like Vershawn Sanders-Ward, Karin Norrington-Reeves, Monica Haslip, and others to create safe and inspiring spaces for their nonprofit organizations; see their stories below. But in 2021, IFF took an institutional stance to expand and further our commitment to support Black and Brown neighborhoods in the very place we got started, Chicago. With the support of the Weinberg Foundation, we partnered with Rudd Resources, a Black-led public affairs firm, to develop processes for showing up as a committed, equity-minded partner for nonprofit leaders of color on Chicago’s South and West sides.

If you are among these leaders or know of leaders on the South and West sides of Chicago, we encourage you to join us for our new “Coffee Talk Series” focused on you, your organization, and Chicago’s South and West sides.

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Vershawn Sanders-Ward
Vershawn Sanders-Ward, Artistic Director & CEO of Red Clay Dance Company. Photo credit: Raymond Jerome

What is IFF?

Safe, inspiring buildings help nonprofits do what they do – serve people and communities. IFF is the nonprofit that helps other nonprofits finance and achieve their facility goals. Click here to view our Smarter Spaces webinar series on ways to tackle your facility needs with confidence.

Simply said, IFF invests in and helps propel nonprofits.  In 2023, we’d like to invite you to join us for coffee and conversation – small virtual and in-person gatherings dedicated to discussing the assets of the South and West side nonprofit communities.

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Explore examples of our work in Chicago

  • Red Clay Dance Company Exterior

    Red Clay Dance Company Brings “Artivism” to Chicago’s Woodlawn Community

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  • Chatham Education and Workforce Center

    Understanding that we are a collective: How vision became reality for the Chatham Education & Workforce Center

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  • XS Tennis

    XS Tennis Hosts Venus Williams, WTA for Chicago Tennis Festival – A Historic First

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  • Little Black Pearl Coworking

    Little Black Pearl Coworking Lounge & Workshops

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What does our new Coffee Talk Series offer?

IFF is the nonprofit that helps other nonprofits finance and achieve their facility goals. Simply said, IFF builds to help propel nonprofits. In 2021, we committed to expanding our support of Black and Brown nonprofit leaders on Chicago’s South and West sides.

IFF was honored to have hosted our first community engagement event this spring at the beelove cafe in North Lawndale. The cafe is located within the new corporate home of the North Lawndale Employment Network (NLEN), led by CEO Brenda Palms Barber, who IFF Is proud to call a client and friend.

This event was the first in our series of planned events themed “Propel: Conversations about scaling your nonprofit organization.”

If you’re a nonprofit leader interested in attending a future Propel event, IFF would love to have you join us this summer at locations on the South and West sides of Chicago. We are eager to learn what leaders like you — people who lead, inspire, manage, dream, plan and serve — need to grow your organizations and continue making Chicago better.

Watch a video of our recent Coffee Talk Series event
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Meet Our Team

Adrienne Baker

Managing Director of Lending

Charniese Miller


Brett Mueller

Director of Lending

Jocelyn Velazquez

Senior Lender

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