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03.30.20

Foundations, nonprofits act swiftly to contend with the coronavirus

An effort led by the Chicago Community Trust and the United Way of Metro Chicago has helped more than 40 organizations deliver essential services.

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03.24.20

More than $3.5 Million in Grants Deployed to Local Nonprofit Organizations Serving Residents Most in Need

The Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund has earmarked more than $3.5 million in grant support to 42 local nonprofit organizations serving the metropolitan Chicago region. The Fund established by The Chicago Community Trust and United Way of Metro Chicago in partnership with the City of Chicago has raised more than $13.5 million since its March 17th launch thanks to local philanthropy, business leaders, and generous donors.

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Press Release

03.17.20

Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund Established to Rapidly Deploy Resources to Local Nonprofit Organizations Serving Most Vulnerable Residents

The Chicago Community Trust and United Way of Metro Chicago today announced they are establishing the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund. In partnership with the City of Chicago, Chicago philanthropy, business leaders, and generous donors, the fund will rapidly deploy resources to local nonprofit organizations serving our most vulnerable residents in the Chicago region as a result of the public health, social and economic consequences of COVID-19.

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03.04.20

More deep poverty found north of Dempster

A new study from the United Way of Illinois concludes more Evanstonians living north of Dempster Street meet federal poverty standards, but more south Evanston residents have above poverty level incomes but still don't earn enough to meet the basic cost of living in Cook County.

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03.04.20

United Way report sheds light on low-income households

United Way of Central Illinois introduced their ALICE report on Wednesday, March 4, at the Capitol.The report shows how many people there are in Illinois that are not under the poverty level, but are living paycheck to paycheck.

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03.04.20

United Way report: More than a third of Illinoisans can't cover basic survival budget

You know working adults like these, but you probably don’t see their struggles.They wait on you in stores and restaurants. They work in offices, child care centers and clinics. And they don’t earn enough to cover a bare-bones household budget, let alone a car repair or vacation.These are the people living in Illinois’ “ALICE” households — asset-limited, income-constrained and employed.

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03.04.20

New United Way data: 36% of Illinois families struggle to afford the cost of living

A new United Way report reveals more than a third, 36% of Illinois families struggle to afford the cost of living. The United Way of Illinois released their 2019 data from a national research initiative on the financial struggles for families Wednesday. United For ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) is a grassroots movement with United Way chapters, academic institutions and other state organizations. Illinois United Way leaders say the ALICE study shows much more than poverty, highlighting the decrease in available jobs to support families and affordable housing.

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03.04.20

One-third of Ill. households struggle to pay bills

A new report published Wednesday by the United Way of Illinois finds 12 percent of state households in poverty, but double that number struggling just to make ends meet.

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01.02.20

10 Chicago Business People to Watch in 2020

Watch how these 10 executives shape Chicago’s business scene in 2020 through legal weed, electric cars and South and West side neighborhood redevelopment

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12.01.19

Season of Giving 2019

Sean Garrett, President & CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, and Tevonne Ellis, Program Director for Claretian Associates in South Chicago talk with Craig Dellimore about the difficulties facing social service groups, as donations decline. But they also discuss Chicago's efforts to revitalize the South and West sides and why that is a hopeful sign.

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11.22.19

A New Program Prepares Execs for Nonprofit Boards

Philanthropic business leaders can get a crash course on the basics of serving on nonprofit boards through a new program from the United Way of Metro Chicago and the Northwestern University Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management.

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11.13.19

Crain's 40 Under 40 - Sean Garrett

Meet the 2019 class. The one thing they have in common? None has yet celebrated their 40th birthday. Inspiring? You bet. Read on for more on Crain’s 2019 40 Under 40 class.

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10.24.19

Austin Group Wins Millions To Bring Community-Driven Projects To Life

Under a new program, the city will be directing $750 million to develop the South and West sides over the next three years, Mayor Lori Lightfoot recently announced. And now corporations are backing the plan, too. (Block Club Chicago)

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