Participants shared not only their ideas for improving our communities, but also their commitments to taking action on those ideas.
“The thinking and doing around tough topics, difficult issues, raising new ideas and brainstorming solutions to action is bringing new perspective to our work in philanthropy.”
Issues of Concern
According to survey results, respondents who reported raising an issue of concern in their conversation did so primarily around:
According to survey results, respondents identified the following as the most important problems facing their communities:
IPCE also sought to identify to which causes respondents primarily contribute their time, treasure, and talent on a regular basis.
Giving Time, Talent, and Treasure
Transportation, the judicial system and public safety, economic issues and poverty, and government are the categories where respondents are most likely to mention them as a problem, but not a cause.
In partnership with Mikva Challenge and the Chicago Public Schools Office of Service Learning, The Chicago Community Trust developed a youth conversation guide to support engagement in the classroom and at various youth events held across the region. It was used in numerous classrooms in the Chicago Public Schools and in suburban school districts, as well as shared with numerous organizations serving youth including Leadership Greater Chicago and Get In Chicago.
from across the region participated in On the Table 2015.
Economic issues and poverty as well as the judicial system and public safety were themes most often mentioned as a top problem facing communities but not as an issue respondents discussed during conversations or a cause to which respondents contribute.
“I was most struck by comments from some of the younger participants who stated that viewing the sketches of [the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Marquette Park] and images of the historical events, made them proud of the history of the community activism coupled with legacy of how the neighborhood has changed over time.”