Dear Friends, Our youth in Chicago are a bellwether for our city as a whole. Their high unemployment rates reflect our need for workforce development; their truancy is an extension of our under, and inequitable, funding of schools; and their violence is a reflection of the socio-economic conditions in our communities.  We want to change… Read More

Violence is still the number one societal problem in Chicago and in 2016 the number of murders reached a 19-year high. Centered in a handful of communities on the South and West Sides, 762 people died violent deaths last year, more than 10 times the number collectively killed in Columbine, Fort Hood, Aurora and Sandy… Read More

by Toni Irving, PhD Executive Director, Get IN Chicago Originally published on Triple Pundit Every year, thousands of employees at companies across the country admirably set aside a day or even a week for community service projects – planting trees, painting murals, distributing food, the list goes on. There is no doubt that employee volunteer… Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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