Greetings and Happy New Year!
We are excited to announce that the South East Chicago Commission (SECC) turns 65 years old this year, marking a phenomenal legacy of community development and civic engagement. This is not only a significant anniversary, but it's also the beginning of a new journey.
In 2017 the SECC will begin a transition process to become an autonomous, self-reliant organization, independent of the University of Chicago. Since its inception, the SECC has relied upon the University for organizational support, as well as operational funding, to execute our mission. While this model has been very successful in the past, the University has increased its direct civic engagement efforts locally and globally.
As part of the transition, the SECC will launch a strategic planning process to develop a transition plan for the organization that will include; fundraising, organizational structure, and programming. The University will gradually reduce operational funding during the SECC's transition to an independent organization. The SECC currently receives non-University funding from the City of Chicago, programmatic grants from financial institutions, foundations, and contributions from individuals and corporate donors.
For more than five decades, the SECC served three neighborhoods with a primary focus on public safety and housing code enforcement. Over the last 10 years, however, the SECC has evolved into a more comprehensive service provider serving a large spectrum of stakeholders within five mid-South Chicago communities. It is critically important for the SECC to continue evolving in order to meet the ever-changing and growing needs of the communities that we serve.
On behalf of the SECC Board of Directors and Staff, we invite you to learn more about our new journey, and we hope you will continue to be an active part of our future. Please feel free to visit our website for more information about our programming here.
We look forward to the upcoming transition to independence for the SECC's present and near term future, as we plan long-term to ensure that the SECC will celebrate another 65 years to come.
Shirley J. Newsome Wendy Walker Williams
Board Chair, SECC Executive Director, SECC