Responsible Business Leaders

The Legacy of Redlining in Chicago

Be United Bash

2021/2022 Impact Report

Expanding Our Neighborhood Networks

2-1-1 Now Available for All Cook County

211 Metro Chicago—a free resource connecting individuals in need of assistance with essential health and social services support—is now available via phone, text, web chat and database search 24/7 for all Cook County residents.

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Responsible Business Leaders: Spring 2023 Application

Take your diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy from concept to reality, while growing personally and professionally. Apply for the spring 2023 cohort of Responsible Business Leaders, offered in partnership with the Baumhart Center of Loyola University Chicago. Applications are due 2/15.

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Neighborhood Exchange: Invisible Lines

In honor of Black History Month, join us on 2/15 for an in-person and virtual Neighborhood Exchange conversation, “Invisible Lines: The Legacy of Redlining in Chicago,” exploring the ways historic redlining has shaped our current state of housing and segregation across the Chicago region.

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Early-Bird Tickets: Be United Bash

Join Young Leaders United and Chicago-area young professionals on 2/9 at Molson Coors Taproom for an exclusive happy hour event with a DJ, heavy appetizers, and drinks—all to raise funds to support United Way’s Neighborhood Network Initiative.

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Highlights from the Past Year

United Way of Metro Chicago and our partners came together this past fiscal year to address basic needs and strengthen disinvested neighborhoods. We are excited to share what we accomplished together in our 2021/2022 Impact Report.

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A Commitment to Community-Led Transformation

For the first time in six years, we expanded our community-led Neighborhood Network Initiative into Englewood, Garfield Park, and Far South thanks to our incredible partnerships with local neighborhood leaders and key stakeholders, like the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, BMO Harris Bank, and MacKenzie Scott.

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Moving Forward Together to Build a Stronger Chicago Region

The last year proved to be more difficult than we could have ever imagined. However, through it all, our community, business, civic, and philanthropic partners, along with our neighbors and donors, stepped forward to face the unknown with us. Together, we helped to feed and house families, provide financial assistance to pay their bills, connect students to broadband Internet and provide critical health services like COVID-19 testing. We have helped the Chicago region get through some of its darkest days. But the work is not done.

United, we will build a stronger, more equitable Chicago region.

Regional Recovery

What we learned over the course of the pandemic has underscored what we learned over the last seven years: holistic, place-based approaches work. Alongside our Neighborhood Network strategies, we will meet the basic needs of individuals and families and improve the systems that serve them to build back a stronger and more equitable region. Learn More

Neighborhood Networks

United Way has been working for several years on what we believe is the solution to helping neighborhoods transform from the inside out—our Neighborhood Network Initiative. We have known for a while that zip code determines destiny. The key to changing this is to disrupt the effects of racism by creating more equitable opportunities for Black and Brown communities that in turn create better outcomes regardless of neighborhood, race, gender, or any other demographic. Learn More


At our core, United Way is a connector and convener. We believe that lasting change occurs when we partner together and work toward a common goal. That’s why we’ve teamed up with state, regional and local partners to turn ideas into action. Through these strategic partnerships, we’re able to make tangible progress toward building a stronger, more equitable Chicago region for all our neighbors. Learn More

United Neighborhoods Equity Fund

United Way of Metro Chicago, with the support of founding sponsor Peoples Gas, launched the United Neighborhoods Equity Fund (UNEF) to support small, Black and brown-led nonprofits predominantly located in the city’s south and west sides and south suburban region, and connect them to new capacity building and investment opportunities. Learn More

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Corporate Partners

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Corporate partners support our work to build back better

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Neighborhood Networks

Work alongside community coalitions


Neighborhood Networks help identify community priorities to transform neighborhoods

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Agency Partners

Meet our neighbors’ basic needs.


Agency partners provide the services and support needed across the region

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Serve our neighbors and community partners.


Volunteers gave of their time to support those in need in fiscal year 2020.

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Meet Our Corporate Partners

BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified financial services provider based in North America.

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KPMG is a global network of independent member firms offering audit, tax and advisory services.

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PwC is a multinational professional services network of firms committed to delivering quality in...

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Exelon is a FORTUNE 100 company that work​s in every stage of the energy​​​ business: power...

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UPS is the world's largest package delivery company and a leading global provider of specialized...

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ITW is a Fortune 200 global multi-industrial manufacturing leader.

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Bank of America is one of the world’s leading financial institutions, offering a full range of...

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Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to many of the...

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Northern Trust Corporation is a leading provider of wealth management, asset servicing, asset...

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EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services.

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Peoples Gas delivers natural gas to more than 873,000 customers in the city of Chicago.

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Nicor Gas is one of four natural gas distribution companies of Southern Company Gas, a wholly owned...

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Fifth Third Bank, is an Ohio-chartered bank and the principal subsidiary of Fifth Third Bancorp, a...

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Aon is a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, reinsurance,...

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Costco Wholesale Corporation is an American multinational corporation which operates a chain of...

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Baird is an employee-owned wealth management, capital markets, asset management and private equity...

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Sargent & Lundy provides comprehensive services for complex power generation and power...

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PNC Bank offers a wide range of personal banking services including checking and savings accounts,...

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Comcast Corporation is a global media and technology company with three primary businesses: Comcast...

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Enterprise is the largest car rental company in the U.S.offering extensive car rental, carsharing,...

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Allstate is the nation’s largest publicly held insurer for personal lines.

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CIBC U.S. provides tailored commercial, wealth management, personal, and small business financial...

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Harris Associates L.P. is a Chicago-based investment company that manages equity strategies offered...

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At U.S. Bank, we are dedicated to supporting our communities through responsive and humble actions.

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Burns & McDonnell a family of companies with an unmatched team of 10,000 engineers,...

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