United Neighborhoods Equity Fund

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Transformative Investment

Chicago Connected

Creating a More Equitable Chicago

United Way is proud to launch 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 investment opportunities.

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors

At United Way, we are always there for our neighbors in their time of need. We come alongside neighborhoods to help them heal and transform by leveraging investment to create stronger local economies. Learn how you can join us as we come together to help the Chicago region become a place where all people have the opportunity to lead authentic, meaningful lives.

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Our Approach to Building Back a Stronger Chicago is Recognized

The holidays have come early to United Way of Metro Chicago with a $25 million gift from MacKenzie Scott. This unexpected gift is a strong endorsement of our place-based investment strategy. This support will allow us to advance our work in neighborhoods, equity and supporting basic needs in partnership with local communities.

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Chicago Connected

Chicago Connected was created to ensure students are equipped to participate in remote learning and increase their digital literacy. United Way is proud to partner with Mayor Lightfoot, CPS, and others to provide households with high-speed internet for four years

 

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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 back a stronger, more equitable future.

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

Programs & Partnerships

From partnerships with the City of Chicago and the Chicago Federation of Labor, to volunteer opportunities and leadership training for youth and adults, our neighborhood investment strategy is made stronger through collaboration. These key initiatives help us go deeper within the communities we serve and are part of a larger movement to bring resources, hope, and solutions to our neighbors across the Chicago region. Learn More

Our Network

Donors

Make a lasting impact in the Chicago region.

$81 million

Generously given in fiscal year 2020

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Corporate Partners

Galvanize employees through community investment.

700+

Corporate partners support our work to build back better

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Neighborhood Networks

Work alongside community coalitions

10

Neighborhood Networks help identify community priorities to transform neighborhoods

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Agency Partners

Meet our neighbors’ basic needs.

132

Agency partners provide the services and support needed across the region

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Volunteers

Serve our neighbors and community partners.

3,000+

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

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AT&T Inc. is a modern media company whose mission is to inspire human progress through the...

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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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AbbVie is a research-based global biopharmaceutical company committed to developing innovative,...

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

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

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

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Wells Fargo & Company provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well...

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Nalco Company is the world's leading water treatment and process improvement company.

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Target Corporation is the eighth-largest retailer in the United States, and is a component of the...

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

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