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Help create a place for members and partners to connect, collaborate, strengthen organizational capacity, and improve international development strategies. Working together, we will enhance Chicago’s global impact.

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Where We Work

Our members engage in community based partnerships across the globe. This interactive map shows where member organizations have ongoing operations.

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We provide opportunities to engage with global development thought leadership, new initiatives, field reports, a resource library, and more.

Members and Partners have access to  

  • Connections: Peer engagement and affinity groups, coaching and mentoring.
  • Learning: Trainings, capacity building and professional services, intern program.
  • Enhanced Impact: Grant opportunities, shared amenities, needs and markets, board development programs.

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Global Philanthropy

Philanthropy supporting Chicago-based global development nonprofits has a multiplier effect.

  • Philanthropists can realize their strategic goals through collaboration with local nonprofit organizations.
  • Funders can connect easily with nonprofits to assess needs, receive updates from the field, and refine giving strategies for greater impact.
  • Local donations amplify Chicago’s role as a global city and strengthen the work of locally-based, globally-active groups.
  • Support of the Simmons Center programs enables member nonprofits to reduce overhead costs, reallocating resources to the important work on the ground.

The Simmons Center curates resources for philanthropists in the Global Solutions section.

Explore global solutions

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Job Board

Search for  jobs with our member/partner organizations, or external positions in a field related to global development. You can also share opportunities for the Simmons Center to include on this list.

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The Center

The Simmons Center strengthens the international development community in Chicago and highlights Chicago’s profile as a global city. It brings together globally engaged nonprofits with like-minded professionals, donors, and businesses.

Located in the heart of Chicago, the Simmons Center catalyzes the positive work that is already being done by creating connections, building community, and offering shared amenities and services.

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Explore our ever-growing collection of curated resources.

Jobs Board

Opportunities listed here may be with Simmons Center member/partner organizations, or in a field related to global development. Although this list is reviewed regularly, prospective applicants should check with the posting organization to confirm details and requirements. If you are not a member/partner of the Simmons Center, and wish to add a job posting to our board, please send an email with Job Board in the subject line. Please note the Simmons Center will not forward job applications to postings.

Milaan Foundation, well established in India with a Girl Icon program, is expanding in the US and seeking a Development Officer.

Chicago Council on Global Affairs is hiring a Program Officer for their Emerging Leaders Program. This is a position for those with experience in program management and an interest in international affairs, current events, culture, and politics. Check out the position description here.

Chicago area college students - the Simmons Center offers paid flexible internships. Learn more here.

Foreign Service Officer - visit link to learn more about the application process.

Peace Corps Volunteer - visit link to learn more about the application process.

Peer Organizations

As nonprofit centers flourish across the country, theme-based centers galvanize mission-aligned groups by creating economies of scale, finding avenues for collaboration and synergy, providing opportunities for cost savings, and more.

The international nonprofit community faces a unique challenge of balancing workspace and community in the US with the operations of their primary work abroad. Finding community and collaborators in the US while focused on project operations and teams around the world can be particularly challenging and lonely. In cities across the US, several global development focused nonprofit centers have emerged to meet this need.

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