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09.22.21

United Way of Metro Chicago Announces Grantees of United Neighborhood Equity Fund

United Way of Metro Chicago today announced the grantees of the United Neighborhoods Equity Fund (UNEF). These are 10 small, Black and brown-led nonprofits on the city’s south and west sides and south suburban region. Each of the grantees will be awarded $50,000 of unrestricted funds over a two-year cycle to be used according to the needs of each nonprofit.

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06.17.21

Place Matters: How Collective Impact and Place-Based Investment Can Empower Communities to Lead

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, 77 to be exact, each with its distinct look, feel, food and people. Despite the beauty of our neighborhoods, there is a deep history of segregation, systemic racism, and disinvestment that shapes and manifests Black and brown communities’ societal issues across the city. I’ve seen what happens when you strip a community of the resources needed to prosper. I’ve also seen the impact of empowering communities to chart their own path through place-based investment.

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03.28.21

Our Chicago: Equity Across City, Economic Resources

Sean Garrett, President & CEO of the United Way of Metro Chicago, and Dr. Helene Gayle, President and CEO of the Chicago Community Trust, discuss how equity will be central to the city's recovery.

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07.27.17

The Hustle is on to Insure Chicagoans

Community groups are scrambling to figure out how to connect Chicagoans with health insurance in the wake of the Trump administration no longer funding outreach efforts in 18 cities, including Chicago. The federal money was used to help enroll people into plans sold on the Obamacare public health insurance exchanges, and to usher the uninsured into the expanded Medicaid program in Illinois. (Crain's)

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07.20.17

Trump Administration Pulls Health Law Help in 18 cities, Including Chicago, Orlando

President Donald Trump’s administration has ended Affordable Care Act contracts that brought assistance into libraries, businesses and urban neighborhoods in 18 cities, meaning shoppers on the insurance exchanges will have fewer places to turn for help signing up for coverage. (Chicago Tribune)

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11.03.16

Stay in School Initiative Engages Students

The National Museum of Mexican Art was filled with concerned students this past Saturday to address the growing violence in their communities. Exelon’s Stay in School Initiative met at NMMA to discuss social justice and personal accountability, as part of the initiative’s mission to keep students engaged and in the classroom. (Lawndale News)

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10.06.16

An Energy Company's Strategy to Keep Chicago Students in School

We recently posed the question: “Will Exelon’s Funding Move Away from Chicago with This Leadership Change?” after the energy company hired a new philanthropy executive who will be based in Washington, D.C. Local nonprofits may have been a bit worried at first, but Exelon has emphasized that its philanthropic approach in the city and state would not be changing. (Inside Philanthropy)

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09.29.16

Stay in School Initiative Helps Improve Graduation Rates at CPS Schools

Eleven years after the Stay in School Initiative was created by Exelon, ComEd and the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago to fight the high dropout and truancy rates in various Chicago Public Schools, Stay in School and its six community partners have served over 25,000 students ages 11 and up. (Lawndale News)

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