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10.21.19

BMO Harris Bank Invests in Community-Led Strategies with $10 Million Gift to United Way of Metro Chicago as Part of Chicago Mayor’s South and West Side Investment Plan

In support of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s South and West Side investment plan, United Way of Metro Chicago has announced a $10 million charitable investment from BMO Harris Bank. Through the largest corporate gift in United Way of Metro Chicago’s history, BMO Harris Bank is deepening its impact in the Chicago community with a specific focus on resident-led efforts guided by Austin Coming Together. (PR Web)

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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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10.21.19

Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces neighborhood investment plan with $10 million from BMO Harris Bank

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday announced an initiative meant to spur development in 10 neighborhoods on the city’s South and West sides, helped by a $10 million contribution from BMO Harris Bank. (Chicago Tribune)

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11.24.17

At Issue: Charities Want More Government Funding

Agencies that provide human services say they are struggling as state and local funds evaporate, but they are trying to work smarter and better to help those in need. (CBS)

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11.20.17

City Club of Chicago: What fills your soul? Philanthropic Perspectives on Opening Hearts and Inspiring Minds

What fills your soul? Philanthropic Perspectives on Opening Hearts and Inspiring Minds – Moderated by Joshua Hale – John A. Canning, Jr., Steve Solomon, and Liz Thompson. (WGN Radio)

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11.15.17

EC2C Creating a Culture of Partnering to Help Children Succeed

On Oct. 27, the Evanston Cradle to Career (EC2C) initiative held its quarterly partners meeting at Evanston Township High School, attended by leaders of more than 30 partnering organizations. The partners announced how $172,500 in recent funding from United Way of Metropolitan Chicago would be allocated, and they discussed a “bold goal” around kindergarten readiness. (Evanston RoundTable)

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10.26.17

Apprenticeship programs enjoy new life as a workplace solution

Rigoberto Velazquez had a bachelor’s degree in psychology from DePaul University and a steady job at a home health agency, but wasn’t sure what he really wanted to do with his life. So he started taking classes part-time at Wilbur Wright community college, part of the City Colleges of Chicago, where he fell in love with computers. (Chicago Tribune)

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10.20.17

Obamacare enrollment: Here's what you need to know

Choosing the right health insurance plan can be a cumbersome process, and this year’s political back-and-forth over Obamacare has made it seem even more confusing. (Chicago Tribune)

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10.17.17

Shout Out: Eric Cadet, graduating senior and aspiring entrepreneur

Eric Cadet, 18, is a senior at Evanston Township High School. He is part of the Stay in School Initiative, a nonprofit program from United Way of Metro Chicago, Exelon and ComEd. The program provides students around the Chicago area with mentors, tutoring, resume and networking help and interview preparation, among other skills. (Chicago Tribune)

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08.09.17

Nonprofits wait for state money, remain wary of future funding: 'We can't just flip a switch'

Earlier this year, social service provider CJE Senior Life laid off nearly 90 people and shuttered a program aimed at helping some seniors preserve their independence – all due to the state not having a budget to disburse funding. (Chicago Tribune)

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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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