Uniting for the Holidays

Announcing the 2022-2024 UNEF Cohort

2021/2022 Impact Report

Expanding Our Neighborhood Networks

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

8 Communities. Thousands of Meals. 1 Great Cause.

Join United Way of Metro Chicago this holiday season and help ensure thousands of families across the region receive a meal and gifts that will brighten their holiday.

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United Neighborhoods Equity Fund Grantees

United Way of Metro Chicago announced the grantees of the second cohort of the United Neighborhoods Equity Fund (UNEF). The 2022–2024 cohort includes 10 small, BIPOC-led (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) nonprofits throughout the Chicago region.

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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. Thank you for being part of this journey! 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’re expanding 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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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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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

Partnerships

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

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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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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