Light the way toward racial equity and social justice through education and career development.

Make an Impact

Without action, racial equity and social justice are abstract concepts. Our i.c.stars program translates intent into impact.

Our program: Our rigorous and selective two-year, tech-based workforce development and community leadership training program helps underserved young adults. Once selected, i.c.stars participants develop leadership skills, learn civics, and foster a pay-it-forward mentality. 

Our network: Since inception, we have engaged more than 10,000 employers – changing perceptions and practices around underserved talent. We leverage this network to build social capital for participants and alumni. 

i.c.stars graduates excel in technology and community leadership. They are employed by Fortune 500 companies, fast-growth companies, nonprofits and social enterprises.

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  • Accenture
  • Alliant Credit Union Foundation
  • American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation
  • Anonymous
  • The Antioch Foundation
  • Bader Philanthropies
  • The Brinson Foundation
  • Burns & McDonnell Foundation
  • CDW
  • The Chicago Community Trust
  • Comcast NBCU Foundation
  • Dohmen Foundation
  • Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • Full Circle Foundation
  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation
  • Hall Family Foundation
  • Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation
  • Kohl’s Cares
  • Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
  • Microsoft Philanthropies
  • Motorola Solutions Foundation
  • New Profit
  • Northwestern Mutual Foundation
  • OneTen Coalition
  • Otto Bremer Trust
  • Paul M. Angell Family Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation
  • PwC Charitable Foundation
  • Salesforce
  • Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust
  • Stand+Together Foundation
  • Topfer Family Foundation
  • Truist Foundation
  • Upwork Foundation
  • Vanguard Charitable
  • Vistex Foundation
  • We Energies Foundation
  • Will to Succeed Foundation
  • William G. McGowan Charitable Fund
  • Workday Foundation

In-Kind Donations

  • ADP
  • ClearEdge Marketing
  • CloudSpotter
  • Indirap Productions
  • MoreDirect

*While this is a list of enterprise finders, grants are spent according to the geographic requirements of each funder.


Your involvement with i.c.stars helps shape the IT workforce and future landscape of the industry.

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