The 1954 Project

Host Organization: Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education Groupmdi-circle-small Chicago, IL, US mdi-circle-small


The 1954 Project seeks to radically redesign how philanthropy connects with Black leaders in education.

The 1954 Project identifies established leaders of nonprofit organizations in the education sector and selects at least five Luminaries each year. The Luminaries receive transformational million grants along with professional supports and membership in an unparalleled community of their peers.

The 1954 Project's flexible financial commitment and suite of supports allows leaders to maintain their focus on driving innovation, improving student outcomes, and creating lasting systemic change.

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About the Host

The CAFE group illuminates the strengths of leaders of color, making clear the added value of their knowledge, experience, and proximity to the communities they serve. We establish deep relationships anchored in shared experience and radical love, where we provide access to financial and social capital and foster community. We work to transform and reshape how philanthropy more equitably distributes resources and finds, supports, and develops these leaders.

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