Pastor Phil Named 2023 Leader for a New Chicago

CHICAGO, IL – July 7, 2023 – We are thrilled to announce Pastor Phil Jackson, a renowned community advocate and leader, as one of the distinguished recipients of the 2023 Leaders for a New Chicago Award.

The Leaders for a New Chicago program celebrates individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to their communities. The program specifically honors those promoting racial and social justice in Chicago. Pastor Phil Jackson, through his exemplary efforts, embodies the spirit of the award and serves as a shining example of impactful, positive change at the community level.

As a revered advocate, organizer, and storyteller, Pastor Jackson’s tireless efforts have transformed the lives of countless individuals within his community. He’s demonstrated a unique capacity to build bridges of understanding, fostering a more inclusive city.

The award comes with a no-strings-attached grant of $25,000, in recognition of Pastor Jackson’s past accomplishments. Additionally, the organization with which he is affiliated will receive a general operating grant of $25,000, furthering its capacity to serve the community.

This year’s selection process was led by a committee of previous awardees, continuing the unique tradition of leaders selecting leaders. Pastor Jackson’s selection to join the 2023 Leaders for a New Chicago underscores his commendable achievements and reflects the hope and positive change he brings to Chicago’s diverse communities.

We wholeheartedly congratulate Pastor Phil Jackson on this well-deserved recognition and look forward to his continued leadership and impact in the years to come.

About the Field Foundation

The Field Foundation of Illinois is a private and independent foundation which, along with its strategic funding partners, distributes more than $6.5 million annually to organizations and leaders working to address systemic issues in Chicago’s most divested communities.

Field’s grants and awards are made more substantial through key strategic partnerships, including the John D . and Catherine T . MacArthur Foundation, which generously supports the Leaders for a New Chicago Award, a collaboration between Field and MacArthur, as well as Field’s Media & Storytelling grantmaking.

Additionally, the Democracy Fund, the Chicago Community Trust, and the Ford Foundation have generously contributed to Field’s work in Media & Storytelling with the goal of creating a more equitable, connected, and inclusive local media ecosystem.

The Field Foundation’s leadership, board, and staff remain committed to measuring the foundation’s impact, especially within divested communities most in need of financial resources.

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