About United Neighborhoods Equity Fund

Historic disinvestment in BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities has led to the current racial, social, and economic issues impacting residents on the South and West Sides of Chicago and in the south suburban region.

The United Neighborhoods Equity Fund is our response to this inequity. In 2021, United Way of Metro Chicago, with the support of founding sponsor Peoples Gas, launched the United Neighborhoods Equity Fund to support small, BIPOC-led nonprofits in historically disinvested areas and connect them to new capacity-building and investment opportunities.

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Research has shown that leaders of color face challenges connecting to funders, building rapport, and securing and sustaining support for culturally relevant strategies. This has led to significant disparities in investment, including Black-led organizations dedicated to improving outcomes for Black men having revenue that is 45% lower than organizations with white leaders. The United Neighborhoods Equity Fund is a philanthropic commitment to addressing these barriers and creating a more equitable and just Chicago region.


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Sponsors, Partners, and Pro Bono Partners

Nicor Gas is a corporate sponsor of the United Neighborhoods Equity Fund

Target is a corporate sponsor of the United Neighborhoods Equity Fund

UL is a corporate sponsor of the United Neighborhoods Equity Fund

Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights is a pro bono partner of The Fund

IABC/Chicago is a pro bono partner of the United Neighborhoods Equity Fund

Step Up Chicago, Deloitte is a pro bono partner of The Fund

Peoples Gas is the founding sponsor of the United Neighborhoods Equity Fund

IMC is a corporate sponsor of the United Neighborhoods Equity Fund

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