Response Fund Led by The Chicago Community Trust and United Way of Metro Chicago in Partnership with the City of Chicago
CHICAGO (March 24, 2020) –The Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund has earmarked more than $3.5 million in grant support to 42 local nonprofit organizations serving the metropolitan Chicago region. The Fund established by The Chicago Community Trust and United Way of Metro Chicago in partnership with the City of Chicago has raised more than $13.5 million since its March 17th launch thanks to local philanthropy, business leaders, and generous donors.
The first round of funding prioritized support to nonprofit organizations that provide community safety nets, such as emergency food and supplies, mortgage and utility assistance, as well as direct financial assistance due to recent job loss as a result of COVID-19. These grant recipients are a mix of broad reach organizations that have the infrastructure to deploy emergency services to a large number of residents; and targeted reach organizations that act as hubs in communities and serve hard-hit households. Both the broad and targeted reach organizations have extensive experience working with the immediate needs of the most vulnerable communities.
“Since we launched the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund, we have been moved by the generosity of donors large and small that have come together to protect our most vulnerable neighbors,” said Dr. Helene Gayle, president and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust, who is also an expert in disease control and emergency response. “Through our collective action, we have been able to respond rapidly and provide valuable resources to those working on the frontlines to keep our neighbors fed, housed and cared for.”
The initial grant recipients are:
Alliance to End Homelessness
American Red Cross
Austin Coming Together
Brighton Park Neighborhood Council
Chicago Federation of Labor’s Workforce and Community Initiative
Chicago United for Equity
Children’s First Fund
Cornerstone Community Development Corporation (The Hub)DC
Cradles to Crayons
DuPage Senior Citizens Council (Meals on Wheels – DuPage)
Family Independence Initiative
Greater Chicago Food Depository
Inner City Muslim Action Network
Jewish Federation – emergency food and financial assistance
JOURNEYS | The Road Home
Kenwood Oakland Community Organization
Lawndale Christian Health Center
Little Village Environmental Justice Organization
Meals on Wheels – Chicago
Meals on Wheels – Cook County
Meals on Wheels – NE Illinois
Metropolitan Family Services
Mujeres Latinas en Accion
Northern Illinois Food Bank
Northwest Housing Center
Ounce of Prevention
Puerto Rican Agenda
Resident Association of Greater Englewood
Southwest Organizing Project
The Resurrection Project – Lift Up
“Across the region, nonprofit workers and volunteers are committed to serving our neighbors every day,” said Sean Garrett, President and CEO of United Way of Metro Chicago. “The Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund was created to ensure that these hardworking individuals and organizations have the resources they need to continue their great work. We are so grateful for the generosity of thousands of Chicagoans who are making this possible.”
To help the community navigate available resources, a list of Fund recipients, along with a short description of the services and support they are providing is available at www.chicagocovid19responsefund.org.
The Steering Committee of the Chicago Community COVID-19 Fund and its many stakeholders will continue to assess the needs of our community based on the evolving impacts of the pandemic on the Chicago region. The Fund was designed to be flexible so it can deploy resources to address shifting priority areas and expand to serve more community areas of high need. The Fund’s Steering Committee will strategically coordinate with the City of Chicago and the surrounding counties, as well as with local nonprofit organizations to provide grants to meet immediate needs now, as well as develop strategies to address the long-term impact of COVID-19.
The Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund is governed by a Steering Committee that is tasked with approving grant recommendations and leading the Fund’s overall strategy as the impact of the pandemic on the region continues to evolve. Steering Committee members include:
Sean Garrett, United Way MC (Co-Chair)
Helene Gayle, The Chicago Community Trust (Co-Chair)
Ellen Alberding, Joyce Foundation
Adam Arents, IMC
Donald Cooke, Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Charlie Corrigan, JPMorgan Chase
Gillian Darlow, Polk Bros. Foundation
Deb DeHaas, United Way MC
Shana Hayes, Northern Trust
Evan Hochberg, Crown Family Philanthropies
Bruce McNamer, The Builders Initiative
John Palfrey, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Kristie Paskvan, United Way MC
Angelique Power, Field Foundation
Steve Solomon, Exelon Corporation
Individuals and organizations can contribute and find additional information about the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund by visiting www.chicagocovid19responsefund.org.
About The Chicago Community Trust The Chicago Community Trust is a community foundation dedicated to strengthening the Chicago region and improving the lives of the people who call it home. For more than 100 years, the Trust has served as a trusted philanthropic partner, connecting the generosity of donors with community needs by making grants to nonprofit organizations working to create lasting change. Following the creation of a new strategic plan in 2019, the Trust stands committed to addressing Chicago’s legacy of systemic inequity and closing the racial and ethnic wealth gap, while continuing to respond to the critical needs of our most vulnerable residents. The Trust administers more than $360 million in annual grant making as part of its commitment to equity, opportunity and prosperity for the Chicago region. To learn more, visit cct.org.
About United Way of Metro Chicago United Way of Metro Chicago brings together businesses, government, nonprofits, and community leaders to deliver funding, resources, and expertise to nonprofit organizations across greater Chicago. We are working alongside our partners at the neighborhood level to tackle the systemic issues that have plagued our region, creating communities where children and families can thrive. United Way’s Neighborhood Network Initiative supports and coordinates investment and programming in 10 city and suburban communities to address community challenges and improve the lives of residents. United, we’re building stronger neighborhoods for a stronger Chicago region. For more information, visit LIVEUNITEDchicago.org.
Contact: The Chicago Community Trust – Nina Alcacio, 773-484-6718, firstname.lastname@example.org