Our Chicago School of Data project is highlighted in the 2014 Annual Report of the Chicago Community Trust. Here’s a snip:
More data shared by more organizations will result in more benefits for everyone. That’s the premise of the Chicago School of Data, funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and spearheaded by the Smart Chicago Collaborative, a funder collaborative of The Chicago Community Trust.
“We want to help organizations use data and technology to do their jobs, be more effective and make lives better,” explains Dan O’Neil, executive director of Smart Chicago (pictured at left). “Our objective is to pull together all of the great energy we see in nonprofit, government and other sectors in a cohesive way that can support everyone.”
We also talked about how important it us for us to be situated in the region’s community foundation:
O’Neil says Smart Chicago’s location within the Trust headquarters was invaluable to achieving these successes. “The Trust is at the center of all the work that we aim to be involved in, and being here provides us with an ideal vantage point,” he says. “It makes it easy for us to do outreach and build relationships, and that is so important for our long-range goals.”
Here’s the spread and here’s the complete text: