Season Of Giving 2021

Each year at this time, WBBM looks at the state of charitable giving and the work of non-profit groups in the area. United Way Chicago President and CEO Sean Garrett tells Craig Dellimore that as we work to emerge from the pandemic, there are hopeful signs and big challenges. Eric Smith, Vice Chairman of BMO Harris Bank, and Jamila Trimuel, Founder and CEO of Ladies of Virtue, also joined.

New Fund Aims to Address Inequitable Investment in Black, Brown-Led Nonprofits

This year United Way of Metro Chicago launched the United Neighborhood Equity Fund, selecting 10 Black and Brown-led nonprofits on Chicago’s South and West Sides to receive funding and support. WTTW’s Marissa Nelson interviews Sean Garret – United Way, Messiah Equiano – CHI-RISE, and Edwin Martinez – Centro Sanar.

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.

MacKenzie Scott donates $25M to United Way Chicago

MacKenzie Scott has donated a record amount to United Way of Chicago. The philanthropist, and former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, donated $25 million to the organization. That is the single largest donation in the organization’s history.

Building Back

United Way is building back a strong Chicago region with a goal of helping communities prosper at the neighborhood level. They are deeply committed to healing families meet basic needs to families can grow and thrive. Interview with Kimberlee Guenther, United Way of Metro Chicago.

United Way Strives To Help Those In Need This Christmas, Especially During COVID-19 Pandemic

During a time when so many people are struggling to buy the basics, some families may find there’s just not enough money for Christmas gifts. Betsy Hughes, senior vice president and chief development officer for the United Way of Metro Chicago, spoke about the difficulties of raising money and serving so many people during a pandemic.

At Issue: Non-Profits and COVID-19

United Way of Metropolitan Chicago President and CEO, Sean Garrett, and Carlos Nelson, Executive Director of the Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation, talk with WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore about how non-profit groups—and others—are coping with the Coronavirus.

Uniting for the Holidays

Our Director of Community Engagement – Jackie Rosa – speaks with NBC Chicago about how you can support families this holiday season with Uniting for the Holidays.

The Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund Wins the Chicago Innovation Award

The Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund — launched by United Way of Metro Chicago and The Chicago Community Trust in March — received the “Collaboration Award” at the 2020 Chicago Innovation Awards in October. Each year, the awards shine a light on the creative spirit of Chicago by focusing attention on innovations that fill unmet needs and improve people’s lives.

Chicago Tonight: Brighton Park Neighborhood Council Interview

The governor modifies and extends the stay-at-home order. How Brighton Park neighbors are weathering the crisis. What the president’s immigration order means. And sports during the 1918 flu pandemic.