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Woods Fund of Chicago

The Woods Fund of Chicago’s philanthropy is founded on the axiom that there are "structural barriers to job opportunities, job retention and job advancement" that harm the "working poor" in America. The Fund also condemns what it considers discrimination directed against those "having prison records or felony convictions that make it difficult for them to enter the workforce."

From 1999 through 2002, Obama served on the Woods Fund board alongside the unrepentant 1960s terrorist Bill Ayers. In 2002 (while Obama was still on the board) the Woods Fund made a grant to Northwestern University Law School's Children and Family Justice Center, where Ayers' wife, Bernardine Dohrn (also an unrepentant 1960s terrorist), was employed.

Also during Obama’s tenure on the board, the Woods Fund gave money to the Trinity United Church of Christ, where Obama was a congregant and where Rev. Jeremiah Wright was the pastor.

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