Building Stronger Neighborhoods


A vision for the future

A Neighborhood Network Approach

The Neighborhood Network Initiative is United Way’s collaborative, community-led approach to neighborhood change that begins with the residents’ vision and requires an aligned focus on affordable housing, cradle-to-career education, family wrap-around, economic development and business ownership, and arts and culture.

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BMO Harris Bank Invests $10 Million

Aligned with the goals outlined in Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s South and West Side Investment Plan, BMO Harris Bank has committed $10 Million to advance our Neighborhood Network Initiative, with a focus on the Austin neighborhood.

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An Austin Story

In the Austin Neighborhood Network, residents are working on strategies to improve educational outcomes, create local businesses and jobs, increase access to employment opportunities, and develop affordable housing. Watch A Vision for Stronger Neighborhoods: an Austin Story to see how United Way is partnering with community leaders in Austin and how this vision could extend to other neighborhoods across the region.

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Zip Code Should Not Determine A Person's Destiny

United Way of Metro Chicago is joining forces with residents, community-based organizations, corporations and donors to accelerate community change efforts across the region. Hear from our President and CEO Sean Garrett about United Way’s vision to ensure everyone has the opportunity to thrive, no matter where they are born.


Health has the potential to impact multiple aspects of a person’s life. Yet in Chicago, residents don’t have equitable access to the systems that contribute to good health. We’re committed to improving access to quality health care by supporting organizations that help people navigate insurance options and connect them with primary care physicians, preventative programs and mental health services. Learn More


Strong communities exist when children can access quality educational opportunities. Due to inequitable systems and structures, students in low-income areas often do not receive the support they need to reach their full potential. We’re working to break the cycle by ensuring all kids have access to quality pre-K and after-school enrichment programs, home visits and physical and mental health services. Learn More

Financial Stability

Financial security is critical for people to live productive lives. Yet, too many people in our region know what it’s like to be chronically unemployed or underemployed. We lay the groundwork for economic mobility by supporting programs that connect people with living-wage jobs, affordable banking solutions and the tools for financial literacy. Learn More

Safety Net

A person’s most basic need is assurance that they are safe and that they have access to food and shelter. Yet hunger, homelessness and domestic abuse threaten the stability of many residents in our region. We’re working to stabilize individuals and families in crisis by increasing access to food, shelter, legal assistance and safety from abuse. Learn More

Our Network


Generate change through charitable giving.

$40 million

Generously given in fiscal year 2018

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Create community through impactful service.


Volunteers gave of their time in fiscal year 2018

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Affinity Groups

Expand our reach through networking and fundraising.


Members raised $3.07 million in fiscal year 2018

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Corporate Partners

Galvanize your employees through community investment.


Corporate partners joined the fight in fiscal year 2018

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Agency Partners

Advance the community through neighborhood-focused strategies.

$15.4 million

Awarded to 176 partners in fiscal year 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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