It’s no secret that Microsoft Chicago loves Forefront. Our own Shelley Stern is on its board, and we’ve spotlighted Forefront on our blog, our social media channels, and more over the past few years. The organization, previously called Donors Forum, is Illinois’ only regional association for both nonprofits and foundations, where organizations that provide social impact can garner […]

Back at it with one civic user test already under the belt, on February 2nd, the CUTGroup Detroit crew convened for another round of civic user testing with Detroit residents at Motor City’s premier business innovation hub, TechTown Detroit. Partnering with Detroit Ledger, a philanthropic organization that provides data about grants given to different Detroit […]

Dandelion works with cities to help communities achieve access to opportunities and to activate underutilized assets in neighborhoods. Early on, this was the team that helped Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan get elected in a storied campaign (the campaign brought him to a 2013 primary victory as a write-in candidate). It consists of a tactical team of designers, […]

How can we leverage healthcare to build our local communities? At Rush Medical Center, that’s a priority, not just as an academic hospital, but also as a facility that directly contributes to Chicago’s thriving community. Shelley Stern Grach’s latest Civic Chat — Networking Our Neighborhoods features Darlene Hightower, Associate Vice President, Community Engagement And Practice, Rush Medical […]

Love may be in the air this February, but around Microsoft Chicago, civic tech is in the air every day. Join us at these events around the metro area this month to stay engaged: February 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Chicago Women Developers Weekly Hack Night 6:00pm 1871 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, 12th Floor, Chicago […]

In 2017, Microsoft is once again honored to be partner with the University of Chicago’s Civic Leadership Academy (CLA). This is our third year supporting the CLA program and each year, we see an increase in the depth and maturing of the program curriculum, as well as the caliber of the cohort participants. For those […]

A new year usually means making lots of changes — sometimes simply for the sake of change. My view is that when you have a program that is working extraordinarily well, keep those changes to a minimum and continue the positive momentum. That is exactly what PJ Karafiol, Principal, and Tyrese Graham, Assistant Principal of […]

The economic turmoil in the city of Detroit has devastated the housing market. Over the years, the conditions of many homes across the city have slowly eroded from dense, stable neighborhoods to blighted, barely-habitable structures. As buildings and neighborhoods have deteriorated, more families have vacated their homes in pursuit of destinations with more opportunity. This […]

You know what would be a really cool job?  One where you are at the intersection of the heart of democracy and extreme-scale data analysis.  Meet Dan Shalmon of the Cline Center for Democracy at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). There, students and faculty are working together to use information to understand and better […]

We spend a lot of time in Chicago focusing on helping CPS students get into college. But how do we help ensure they are successful and connecting to the business world while they are in college? The terrific team at the Chicago Housing Authority has an answer: The “Take Flight: Staying the Course” Program. Managed […]