A COMMITMENT TO EQUITY IN THE REGION

Historic disinvestment in BIPOC communities throughout Chicago has led to the current racial, social, and economic issues impacting families and residents on the city’s South and West Sides and in the south suburban region.

Nonprofit agency leaders of color often face challenges connecting to funders and securing and sustaining support for culturally relevant strategies to address community-identified priorities. This has lead to significant disparities in investment in BIPOC-led organizations.

The United Neighborhood Equity Fund is United Way of Metro Chicago’s philanthropic commitment to addressing these barriers and creating a more equitable and just Chicago region.

The Fund supports small, BIPOC-led organizations with tailored capacity and relationship-building support that meets their needs and advances their long-term goals.

IMPACT TO DATE

$1.9 Million Granted
$50,000 of unrestricted funds awarded to each grantee over a 2-year period, to be used according to the agency’s needs

55+ Hours of Capacity Building
Individual and group capacity-building sessions provided to each agency with DePaul University faculty and other professionals

3 Cohorts & 29 Grantees
Local agency peers built new cross-sector relationships and networked with potential funders and investors

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SUPPORT UNITED NEIGHBORHOODS EQUITY FUND

The Fund is intended to support small organizations located on Chicago's South and West Sides and in the south suburban region, ideally aligned with the United Way's of Metro Chicago's Neighborhood Network coalitions. Corporate and individual donors are invited to join us in building a stronger, more equitable Chicago region for all our neighbors. For more information, please contact ResourceDevelopment@LIVEUNITEDchicago.org


FUND GRANTEES

BIPOC nonprofit leaders and their organizations are awarded $50,000 of unrestricted funding over a two-year cycle to be used according to the needs of each non-profit. Learn more about each of the grantees from each grant cycle.







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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