Catch up on IFF news, read stories about community development projects across the Midwest, and gain insight from our team.

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February 28, 2024
IFF’s Home First Honored by Cook County Land Bank Authority as Nonprofit Developer of the Year
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February 22, 2024
The Aux: Leveraging the Power of Connection to Help Black-owned Businesses Thrive
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February 20, 2024
IFF’s Vickie Lakes-Battle Joins City Club of Chicago Panel Discussion About the Role of the Humanities in Community and Economic Development
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February 16, 2024
WGN Radio: The Humanities’ Impact – Fostering Economic Development in Chicago and Beyond
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February 12, 2024
Block Club Chicago: Private School with Social Justice Focus Coming to Bronzeville’s Closed Hales Franciscan High School
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January 23, 2024
Investing in Chicago’s West Side, One Young Person at a Time: Q&A with MAAFA Redemption Project’s Marshall Hatch, Jr.
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January 12, 2024
Enterprise Podcast Network: Preserving BIPOC-Led and Focused Arts and Culture in Chicago
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January 09, 2024
Lake County News-Sun: Officials Say Lake County at Inflection Point in Homelessness Crisis; Population Growing as Affordable Housing Lags Behind
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December 30, 2023
Chicago Defender: ITAV Elevates Mission with Historic Acquisition of Hales in Bronzeville
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December 19, 2023
Quality Facilities for All (QFA) Initiative Completes First Cohort of ECE Facility Renovations in Chicago
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December 01, 2023
November 2023 Loan Round-up
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November 20, 2023
IFF Leverages FHLBank Chicago Membership to Unlock $33.5+ Million in Funding for Affordable Housing in the Midwest
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November 19, 2023
Evanston RoundTable: The Aux Launches First Phase of Construction
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Thought Leadership
November 08, 2023
Organizational Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Must Begin with Intentionality
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November 01, 2023
October 2023 Loan Round-up
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October 27, 2023
Stronger Nonprofits Initiative’s Chicago Cohorts Gather for Reunion
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October 26, 2023
Crain’s Chicago Business: Opinion: The Business Survival Case for Arming Arts Leaders with Financial Tools and Resources
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October 23, 2023
Empower Magazine: IFF’s Executive Director of Chicago Region, O. Victoria Lakes-Battle Shares the Impact of Chicago’s Cultural Treasures
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October 12, 2023
Lake County News-Sun: PADS Lake County Using Hotels More Than Churches to House the Homeless
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October 11, 2023
WGN-TV: ChiTreasures: Preserving Cultural Heritage of Hispanic Community
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October 04, 2023
Weekly Citizen: Chicago’s Cultural Treasures Continues to Support BIPOC Arts and Cultural Organizations
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October 01, 2023
September 2023 Loan Round-up
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A view inside Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, in Chicago, showing an exhibition featuring the work of celebrated artist Henry Darger.
September 21, 2023
Reimagining What a Modern Museum Can Be: A Conversation with ACLF Participant Debra Kerr, President and CEO of Intuit
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September 13, 2023
Chicago Sun-Times: Common Pantry Opens First Stand-Alone Location in its 56-Year History of Helping the Hungry
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August 29, 2023
Austin Weekly News: Meet the Key Players Responsible for the Aspire Center Construction
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August 17, 2023
Illinois Charter School Completes Renovation of Historically Significant Campus Designed for Expeditionary Learning
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August 01, 2023
July 2023 Loan Round-up
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July 19, 2023
Press Release: Stronger Nonprofits Initiative Launches Fourth Chicago Cohort, Addressing Barriers Leaders of Color Face in Accessing Resources
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July 01, 2023
June 2023 Loan Round-up
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June 07, 2023
Stronger Nonprofits Initiative: Five Years of Investment and Impact
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