Chicago Urban League

Opportunity. Community. Impact.

aka The League   |   Chicago, IL   |  https://chiul.org

Mission

The Chicago Urban League's (CUL) mission is to pursue social justice and economic equity on behalf of the black community and other disadvantaged groups. The CUL achieves their mission through programming in entrepreneurship, housing and financial empowerment, youth services, workforce development, and leadership development. The CUL has been a leader and convener in Chicago's black community for over 105 years with a staff of 42 individuals.

Ruling year info

1948

President and CEO

Mrs. Karen Freeman-Wilson

Main address

4510 S Michigan Ave

Chicago, IL 60653 USA

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EIN

36-2225483

NTEE code info

Urban League (P22)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Youth Services Division

The Chicago Urban League’s Youth Services Division offers a continuum of services for middle school through college students that prepares them to compete in a growing global economy.

Population(s) Served
Students
Parents

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) was founded in 2007 to help African-Americans launch, grow, and sustain businesses. Through personalized consulting, educational programs, and deal-making assistance, the CEI provides entrepreneurs with the tools and resources to maximize revenue growth, profitability, job creation, and innovation.

Population(s) Served
Self-employed people

The Chicago Urban League Housing Department is a HUD-certified counseling agency as well as a City of Chicago Department of Housing Delegate Agency. We provide low-to-moderate income residents with professional housing counseling assistance through our programs and services.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

The Chicago Urban League, through it Workforce Development programs, works to raise African American employment and income levels through job training and placement services, career exposure, career advancement, seminars, coaching and long-term retention strategies.

We help individuals access the skills, knowledge, support and networks they need to enter the workforce and advance in their careers.

The Chicago Urban League operates a full-service employment and training center as well as a career portal for jobseekers and employers. The League has also formed strong relationship and partnerships with local employers and training providers to offer employment and internship opportunities.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people
Incarcerated people

The Chicago Urban League is committed to helping emerging African American leaders advance their career paths while building a more diverse leadership pipeline across the city. IMPACT develops and engages culturally competent executives across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent

The Policy & Research Department is the ‘think-tank’ of the Chicago Urban League and provides a factual and statistical basis for our policy decisions and programs. The department issues a quarterly newsletter called “Strategies” and manages a research library of the League’s major studies, white papers and updated polling data.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Financials

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Chicago Urban League

Board of directors
as of 04/04/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Eric Smith

BMO Harris

Term: 2017 -

Andrew Barrett

The Barrett Group, Inc.

Barbara Bowles

Landers Bowles Family Foundation

Clive Christison

BP Products North America

Brian Duwe

Skadden

Esther Franklin

Spark

Maria Green

Ingersoll Rand Company

Ralph Hargrow

ACCO Brands

Melvin Hopson

MC Hopson & Associates

Andre Hughes

Powered By Action

George Johnson

Johnson Products

James Kolar

PwC

Charles Matthews

Peoples Gas and Northshore Gas

Anthony McCain

Nicor

Lester McKeever Jr.

Pittman & McKeever LLC

David Nichols

Ernst & Young LLP

Aletha Noonan

CDW

James O'Connor Sr.

Retired Chairman & CEO, ComEd

William Osborn

Northern Trust

Thomas Patrick

People's Energy

James Reynolds

Loop Capital Markets, LLC

John Rogers, Jr.

Ariel Investments

Michael Sacks

GCM Grosvenor

Samuel Scott III

Abbott Laboratories

Stacy Sharpe

Allstate Insurance Co.

Steven Sherman

Loop Capital

James Sledge

Comcast

Tyronne Stoudemire

Hyatt Hotels

Sheila Talton

Gray Matter Analytics

Frederick Waddell

Northern Trust

Alex Washington III

Wind Point Partners

Daniel Anello

New Schools For Chicago

Hope Bentley

McDonald's

Carlos Cubia

Walgreens Company

Connie Lindsey

Northern Trust

Craig Martin

Wilkie, Farr & Gallagher, LLP

Dwight Blackman

Pricewaterhouse Coopers, LLP

Suzet McKinney

Illinois Medical District

Eileen Mitchell

AT&T Illinois

Bruce Taylor

Taylor Investment Partners

Donald Wilbon

JP Morgan Chase

John Didrickson

Goldman Sachs

Todd Lohr

KPMG

Bryce Fisher

Board leadership practices

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    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/31/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female

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