The Permanent Secretariat derives from a new and more broadly based collaboration between the International Gorbachev Foundation and the City of Rome for realizing the World Summits of Nobel Peace Laureates. The Permanent Secretariat, based in Rome, is a non-profit association without political aims.
The MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society.
The Foundation makes grants and loans through four programs: International Programs; U.S. Programs; Media, Culture and Special Initiatives; and the MacArthur Fellows Program.
Chicago was selected as the first North American city to host the World Summit due to its rich heritage and international profile. Numerous Nobel Peace Prize winners have hailed from Chicago, among them U.S. President Barack Obama. In 1931, Illinois native Jane Addams became the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her international peace efforts and work on behalf of Chicago’s marginalized immigrant communities.
To realize his dream of a more just and peaceful world, Robert Kennedy’s family and friends founded a living memorial in 1968. Today, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights is one of the foremost international human rights organizations.
The RFK Center amplifies the work of activists, authors, journalists, and students to a global audience through five annual awards. The RFK Human Rights Award recognizes an individual who stands up to oppression at grave personal risk in the nonviolent pursuit of human rights. The RFK Book Award honors the book that most forcefully reflects Robert Kennedy’s priorities: concern for the poor and the powerless, the struggle for even-handed justice, and a remedy for disparities of power and opportunity. The RFK Journalism Awards celebrate excellence in investigative journalism on a wide spectrum of social justice issues. RFK Europe established the RFK High School and University Journalism Award to recognize the achievements of youth who investigate human rights issues and advocate for change. The RFK Ripple of Hope Award lauds leaders of the international business, entertainment, and activist communities who demonstrate commitment to social change.
In the tradition of Robert Kennedy, the RFK Center has forged effective collaborations with NGOs, universities, legal clinics, and the media on behalf of oppressed communities.
For 96 years, The Chicago Community Trust, Chicago’s community foundation, has connected the generosity of donors with community needs by making grants to organizations working to improve metropolitan Chicago. In 2011, the Trust, together with its donors, granted more than $100 million to nonprofit organizations: developing new audiences to sustain Chicago’s vibrant arts organizations, protecting the human success safety net for those hardest hit by the recession, stemming the devastating effects of foreclosures on our communities, elevating teaching to meet world class standards, and improving conditions for healthy and active lifestyles.
World Business Chicago (WBC) is an economic development office, coordinating business retention, attraction and expansion efforts in order to spur and accelerate economic growth. WBC raises Chicago’s profile as a premier business destination and serves as a resource for companies.
WBC’s staff navigates the site selection process for businesses by providing economic and industry data, site location assistance, state and local incentive information, and bringing together key parties to spur and accelerate economic growth. WBC’s Board of Directors includes prominent business leaders who guide the enhancement of Chicago’s economy through the growth of its business community.