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Our Mission

Poverty Alleviation Chicago is a nonprofit organization

on a mission to use Art as a conduit to transform

passive compassion into immediate assistance through

the distribution of money given, without expectation

or judgment, directly to families experiencing poverty.

Board of Directors


Fred Armisen

comedian, actor

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Alexander Burke

musician, composer, producer, writer, actor

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Kirk Crenshaw

executive, entrepreneur, start-up advisor

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Drew Hester, treasurer

VP Controllership,GBS,Tax & Treasurey, Beam Suntory

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Liz Kozak

writer, producer, author

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Brad Morris

actor, writer, producer

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Katie Rich

comedian, writer, producer, actress

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Spencer Tweedy

musician, writer


Ashley Nicole Black

comedian, actress, writer, producer


Jennifer Candy

actress, comedian, producer

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Chelsea Devantez

writer, comedian, filmmaker

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Shantira Jackson

writer, producer, actress, comedian

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Kate Lambert

actor, improviser, writer, producer

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Rashida Olayiwola

comedian, actress, writer

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Sam Richardson

actor, comedian, writer, producer


Heather Whinna, president

filmmaker, photographer, producer

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Edgar Blackmon

actor, writer

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Jesse Cannady, secretary

Senior Director, Project Development, Thinkwell Group

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Scott Goldstein

creative professional, consultant, investor


TJ Jagodowski

comedian, actor, improvisational performer

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Michael Morden

Partner, Honigman LLP

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Chris Redd

comedian, actor, writer, rapper, singer

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Amber Ruffin

comedian, writer, actress

Our Work In The News


December 1, 2023

WGN-9 Spotlight Chicago

by Ji Suk Yi, Sarah Jindra


December 1, 2020

by Andrew Hibel

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November 13, 2016

Chicago Tribune

by Liz Kozak

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November 23, 2015


by Steve Albini


December 11, 2014

Chicago Tribune

by Greg Kot


December 8, 2014

The Columbia Chronicle

by Assistant Arts & Culture Editor


December 21, 2013


by Paul Biasco


January 13, 2010

The Chicago Tribune

by The Problem Solver


December 6, 2009

The Chicago Tribune

by John Yates

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December 14, 2003

The New York Times

by David Bernstein

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