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by Toni Irving, PhD Executive Director, Get IN Chicago Originally published in the Philanthropy News Digest According to the Giving USA Foundation and Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Americans gave as generously as ever in 2015, setting a record for the second year in a row with total giving of $373.25 billion. That wasn’t enough,… Read More


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by Toni Irving, PhD Executive Director, Get IN Chicago Originally published in the CR Magazine blog Millennials are the most populous generation in United States history, with more than 90 million living in America today. Knowing this, companies are investing in winning over this generation. Research shows that millennials are concerned with corporate ethics, and companies… Read More


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Three Get IN Chicago board members – Exelon President and CEO Chris Crane, Loop Capital Chairman and CEO Jim Reynolds, and Allstate Insurance Chairman and CEO Tom Wilson – were recently featured on Chicago Tonight, where they provided an update on Get IN Chicago’s efforts. “These communities have been allowed to decay for over a… Read More


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Business headlines tend to focus on sales and earnings – but one recent business headline is worth your attention for an entirely different reason.  The Washington Post recently published an opinion editorial written by Get IN Chicago board co-chair and Allstate CEO Tom Wilson. Tom describes how tomorrow’s successful corporations – 22nd Century Corporations – must do… Read More


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Blueprint for Change: From Ideas to Collective Impact Keynote Address by Tom Wilson Co-Chair, Board of Directors, Get IN Chicago Originally delivered at The Chicago Urban League 2016 Summit Luncheon Thank you, Jasper and thank you to the Chicago Urban League for hosting today’s dialogue. It’s a particular honor to be speaking to the Urban League. The Urban… Read More


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by Samuel Scott III Board of Directors, Get IN Chicago Originally published in Crain’s Chicago Business The black community in Chicago is in crisis. Let me start with a few facts: In 2015, there were 399 homicides in the African-American community in the city, 80 percent of Chicago’s total. There were 3,046 shootings. Over 80 percent of the… Read More


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by Toni Irving Executive Director, Get IN Chicago Originally published in Microsoft Chicago  In 1971, lamenting a world of violence and brutality, Marvin Gaye released one of the greatest songs of all time, “What’s Going On.” This song resonated with me during my childhood, and I continue to see its themes reflected in Chicago. Like many,… Read More


by Jim Reynolds and Tom Wilson, co-chairs, Get IN Chicago originally published in The Chicago Tribune The Sunday story “Emanuel-backed effort to fight violence falters” was highly critical of Get IN Chicago, a two year-old organization that enables the private sector to join in existing efforts to reduce the violence impacting Chicago’s youth. The article shows… Read More


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by Toni Irving Executive Director, Get IN Chicago Originally published in The Huffington Post In the continuing debate over law enforcement and race, we mustn’t lose sight of the most critical issue – one that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. made his mission. While the dialogue exploring the relationship between police and African American… Read More


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by Jim Reynolds Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors, Get IN Chicago Originally published in Crain’s Chicago Business Another weekend in Chicago: more homicides, muggings, burglaries and thefts. The profiles are eerily similar: an African-American male, most likely between the ages of 15 and 22, a high school dropout with a history of arrests, likely gang affiliation, reading… Read More