United Way of Illinois Launches ’21 Week Equity Challenge’

United Way of Illinois is launching a ’21 Week Equity Challenge’ this week. Following a year of unrest and strife, this free, online learning program will provide lessons and resources for Illinoisians to learn about racial issues and systemic inequalities, together.

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United Way of Metro Chicago announces a $25 Million gift from MacKenzie Scott

United Way of Metro Chicago announced the single largest donation in the organization’s history. MacKenzie Scott donated $25 million to accelerate United Way’s work advancing neighborhood equity and creating communities where children and families can thrive.

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Jenner & Block Partner Andrew Vail Becomes General Counsel of the United Way of Metro Chicago

United Way of Metro Chicago and the law firm of Jenner & Block announced today that Jenner & Block litigation Partner Andrew W. Vail has agreed to serve as the first-ever United Way general counsel. In this role, Mr. Vail will provide important strategic advice and pro bono legal counsel to help the United Way and its partners throughout Chicagoland fulfill the organization’s mission of improving communities and the common good.

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Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund Allocates Additional $6 Million in Grants

The Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund announced the fourth round of funding totaling $6 million. Grants will be allocated to 176 community organizations serving clients in the City of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. The funds will aid coordinated community response efforts, including food access, cash assistance and mental health services.

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A Statement From Our CEO

Today we are mourning for our city and our nation. For many of our neighbors, the death of George Floyd felt like too much to bear as we face both a health and economic crisis. We hear you and we want to assure you that we are right here with you. We also know that our words will not be enough. It’s what we do that matters.

United Way of Metro Chicago Offers Fans Change to Win a “Virtual Hangout” With NFL Players

As part of our collective efforts to #stayhomestaystrong, United Way of Metro Chicago announced today the launch of a virtual hangout fundraiser with National Football League (NFL) players.