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The Monroe Foundation is a publicly supported not-for-profit community and enterprise development intermediary. We seek to educate, link, and fund community development projects within low-income communities in the State of Illinois.

The foundation supports small business start-ups and financing through lending partnerships. Our current supporters are PNC Bank and Marquette Bank.

We also provide small business development seminars through the small business development “Boot Camp” Program, funded by grants.

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Grassroots Newsletter – The Monroe Foundation “Impact Convening on Re-entry, Justice Reform and Policies” Convenes Unheard “Voices” of Change at the Field Foundation Impact House.

Get Cleared, Illinois, the campaign of the Monroe Foundation that works to “Break the Generational Cycle of Recidivism” through organizing, policy action, and civic engagement, convened representatives of community-based re-entry and reform advocacy groups from throughout Illinois whose voices are often unheard of or not invited to tables of discussions on re-entry actions and reforms.

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Grassroots Newsletter – Launches 2024 Engaging In “Fair Chances” and “Philanthropic Investment” In Hope!

The Monroe Foundation, now in its 33rd year, launched in 2024 to transform lives impacted by barriers to employment through the REDI Project (Redevelopment Initiative), a workforce readiness project for the formerly incarcerated by first enabling individuals to obtain their Criminal History Reports or “Rap Sheets” from the Chicago Police, and referring them for sealing/expungement and relief options” for employment and entrepreneurship to Cabrini Green Legal Aid.

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