As the kickoff to The Chicago Community Trust's Centennial, "On the Table 2015" marked the beginning of a yearlong campaign to celebrate philanthropy in all its forms -- giving of time, treasure and talent. The Trust's Centennial goal was ambitious; to spark a civic movement that will make the Chicagoland region the most philanthropic in the nation.
On May 12, 2015, thousands of Chicagoland residents gathered together across the region to share a meal and celebrate the everyday philanthropists among us who strengthen our communities and improve the lives of others. Participants in these On the Table conversations were asked not only to discuss ideas for improving our communities, but also to make a commitment to work collectively or independently to improve our communities and inspire others to do the same.
Again this year, the Trust invited the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement (IPCE) to partner and assess the impact of On the Table. The report results are based on the responses of those who participated in this year's survey. Highlights include key discussion themes, as well as surveyed participants' thoughts on commitments to future civic engagement.