Where We Work
Our commitment to building a safer, more prosperous South Side is personal. Many IPCDF members live in or grew up in the neighborhoods we serve. Many more of us work or have relatives and friends living in these communities. We believe that education and the investment of time — from volunteers living within and beyond the borders of the communities we serve — can reduce crime and end joblessness, which enhances the quality of life for us all.
Chicago is home to the third largest urban African-American population in the United States. The majority of these Chicagoans live on the city’s South Side, which includes the communities we serve.
Our charitable efforts are limited to the Bronzeville, Douglas, Englewood, Grand Boulevard, Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland, and Washington Park neighborhoods.
While crime and unemployment are of concern in these areas, each community has a rich history and holds a prominent place in Chicago’s modern culture.
Points of Pride:
Bronzeville was a major destination point for African Americans during the Great Migration and was known as the Black Metropolis in the early 20th century.
Douglas stands as a testament to the rich African American heritage, as it played a crucial role in the Great Migration and was home to influential figures like Ida B. Wells
Hyde Park is the racially diverse community that houses the University of Chicago campus and thriving retail districts.
Kenwood's historical significance includes being the home of the 44th President of the United States, Barack H. Obama, and his family.
Many celebrities called Englewood home in their childhood years, including singers Jennifer Hudson and Chaka Khan, as well as Chicago Bulls player Derrick Rose.
Washington Park holds a special place in African American history, with its iconic DuSable Museum and past as a hub for community activism and civil rights efforts.
Oakland takes pride in its strong sense of community and active resident involvement. Local organizations and initiatives work tirelessly to foster unity, promote social justice, and empower residents.
Grand Boulevard has experienced revitalization efforts in recent years, driven by community organizations and passionate residents to restore and enhance the neighborhood's vitality,