Equity Lead - Philanthropy

Crown Family Philanthropies (“CFP” or the “Foundation”) is the philanthropic division of Henry Crown and Company and CC Industries, Inc. and supports the Crown Family’s philanthropic and grantmaking endeavors. In 2009, after more than 60 years of family grantmaking under the name Arie and Ida Crown Memorial, CFP was developed to represent and facilitate an array of family grantmaking practices. Today the legacy of Arie and Ida Crown lives on in the work continued by their descendants, who remain dedicated to the Jewish tradition of tikun olam, or “repairing the world.” Supported by a professional staff of experts, CFP is led by more than 50 family members across multiple generations who come together to set strategy and make grantmaking decisions.



Crown Family Philanthropies (CFP or the Foundation) seeks an Equity Lead to further CFP’s work, mission, and culture. The successful candidate must have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, intercultural awareness, collaboration, and community-building. Significant experience in the non-profit or philanthropic sector, with particular knowledge of the Chicagoland community, is a plus. Successful candidates will demonstrate an intellectual curiosity and appetite for learning and the project management skills to move forward complex initiatives with multiple stakeholders. They will have the gravitas and insight to facilitate challenging conversations among leadership, with the practical, compassionate approach of an experienced changemaker. They will understand and respect the critical need for discretion and humility when working for and representing a private family foundation. 


The Equity Lead will report to the CFP President and work closely with the Director of Operations and other foundation leaders to focus on two primary areas: 1) CFP grantmaking, collaborating with program, operations, and engagement teams to ensure that considerations of diversity, equity, and inclusion shape CFP’s grantmaking practices and strategies; 2) CFP team and culture, providing the leadership and drive to design, advance, and refine best-in-class talent development and work culture that feed a supportive community of colleagues. This is a strategy-centered role focusing on equity in grantmaking and in team strategy.



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