The Obama Foundation is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization founded in 2014. It oversees the creation of the Barack Obama Presidential Center, runs the My Brother's Keeper Alliance, a program Barack Obama began while he was President, and operates a scholarship program through the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy.
In 2017 the Foundation Launched Additional Initiatives in Service of Its Mission To Inspire, Empower, and Connect People To Change Their World. Our 2017 Programming Focused On Giving the Next Generation of Leaders and Citizens the Tools They Need To Create Positive Change in Their Communities$12m
Obama foundation summit: on October 31 and November 1, the obama foundation welcomed 500 civic leaders from 60 countries for an inaugural summit. During this two-day immersive event in chicago, the civic leaders came together to exchange ideas, explore creative solutions to common problems, and experience civic art, technology, and music from around the world.obama foundation fellowship: in fall 2017, the foundation opened applications for our fellowship program, which seeks to support outstanding civic innovators from around the world in order to amplify the impact of their remarkable work and inspire a powerful wave of civic innovation. The two-year, non-residential fellowship offers hands-on training, resources, and leadership development. Throughout the program, each fellow will pursue a personalized plan to leverage fellowship resources to take their work to the next level. Obama foundation training days: the foundation hosted three pilot training days -- one-day experiences in locations around the country -- that brought together a diverse group of 150 young people in each city to explore their own identities as leaders, articulate challenges and opportunities in their communities, determine the change they wanted to make, and develop a path to make it happen. Programs were designed in collaboration with a diverse set of organizations, from universities to churches to opportunity youth organizations. The training days took place in chicago, il; boston, ma; and tempe, az. These pilot trainings will help shape our programming going forward.my brother's keeper alliance: president obama launched my brother's keeper in February 2014 to address persistent opportunity gaps and ensure that every child -- no matter who they are or where they come from -- can achieve their dreams. In 2017, the obama foundation became the home of the my brother's keeper alliance, a private-sector initiative inspired by mbk. The alliance serves as a national call to action to build safe and supportive communities for boys and young men of color where they feel valued and have clear pathways to opportunity.international roundtables: in 2017 president obama traveled to indonesia and brazil, where he hosted foundation roundtable events with emerging local leaders to learn more about their work and how the foundation can connect and support them. This listening tour will help inform the foundation's global programming to be launched in 2018 and beyond. Germany civic discourse discussion: in May 2017, president obama joined german chancellor angela merkel and young leaders from chicago's south side and germany for a conversation on the topic of "being involved in democracy: taking on responsibility locally and globally." set against the backdrop of berlin's iconic brandenburg gate, president obama spoke about the role that young people will play in shaping a better future, as well as the foundation's plans to support emerging leaders around the world.india town hall: in December 2017 president obama hosted a town hall in new delhi, india for approximately 300 emerging leaders from across india and thousands more who watched across the continent and around the world. Selected from a pool of nominations as well as applications via the foundation website, these civic leaders engaged with president obama in a robust conversation about how to be more active in their communities.obama presidential center: in May 2017, president and mrs. Obama released the conceptual vision and site plan for the obama presidential center, a center and museum that will benefit the public, drive economic opportunity, and showcase the south side to the world. This announcement kicked off a community dialogue that ultimately included participation and input from thousands of local residents -- the foundation will continue to keep the community engaged in the process, from design to construction and beyond.diversity & inclusion in construction: in August 2017, the foundation announced its diversity and inclusion commitments for the construction workforce of the obama presidential center, including: awarding 50% or more of its subcontracts to "diverse suppliers," which in addition to minority and women business enterprises includes businesses owned by veterans, individuals with disabilities, and lgbtq individuals, and requiring detailed plans to maximize diverse workforce participation -- including leveraging and partnering with job training and job retention programs from underserved communities. These commitments will help build a diverse pipeline of talent that will serve not just our project, but developments around the city of chicago.