Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund

Supporting local nonprofit organizations serving our region’s most vulnerable neighbors

The region's health and human service organizations are experiencing a surge in demand for services from neighbors and communities significantly impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

It’s critical that these organizations have the resources they need to continue to operate at the highest capacity. Your donation will support the agencies that are ensuring our neighbors can access basic needs in this time of crisis.

About the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund

In collaboration with the City of Chicago, The Chicago Community Trust and United Way of Metro Chicago launched the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund to unite the funds raised by Chicago’s philanthropies, corporations and individuals to be disbursed to nonprofit organizations across the region.

As we are individually taking steps to protect our own families, workplaces and neighborhoods from the effects of the virus, let’s not forget the impact this will have on our neighbors. Missing paychecks, the inability to pay rent, and a lack of access to food and essential supplies are realities that many in our region will have to face in the coming weeks. Please join us in supporting our neighbors across the City of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

To learn more about funds raised to date and the list of organizations included in the initial round of funding, click here.

For answers to frequently asked questions about the fund and general contact information, please click here.

Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund Supporters

Thank you to our partners who have come together from philanthropy, government, and business to support our community through the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund.

Founders:
(as of 3.29.20, 5:00pm):
Anonymous (3) I Chicago Bears I The Chicago Community Trust I The Coleman Foundation I The Crown Family I Cubs Charities I Exelon and ComEd I ITW I JB and MK Pritzker Family Foundation I The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation I The Joyce Foundation I The Knight Family Foundation I Northern TRrust I Pritzker Foundation I The Robert R. McCormick Foundation I Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust I Walder Foundation

View our growing list of donors on our supporters page.

In Partnership With

Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund Recipients

Below is a list of organizations included in the initial round of funding. As the needs across the region continue to evolve, we will provide updates on organizations receiving funds. Check back for updates.
(as of 3.24.20):

  • Access Living
  • All Chicago
  • Alliance to End Homelessness
  • American Red Cross
  • Austin Coming Together
  • Brighton Park Neighborhood Council
  • Catholic Charities
  • Chicago Federation of Labor’s Workforce and Community Initiative
  • Chicago United for Equity
  • Children's First Fund
  • Claretian Associates
  • Communities United
  • Cornerstone Community Development Corporation (The Hub)DC
  • Cradles to Crayons
  • DuPage Senior Citizens Council (Meals on Wheels - DuPage)
  • Enlace
  • Family Independence Initiative
  • Greater Chicago Food Depository
  • HANA Center
  • Heartland Alliance
  • Inner City Muslim Action Network
  • Jewish Federation - emergency food and financial assistance
  • JOURNEYS | The Road Home
  • Kenwood Oakland Community Organization
  • Lawndale Christian Health Center
  • Little Village Environmental Justice Organization
  • Meals on Wheels - Chicago
  • Meals on Wheels - Cook County
  • Meals on Wheels - NE Illinois
  • Metropolitan Family Services
  • Mujeres Latinas en Accion
  • Northern Illinois Food Bank
  • Northwest Housing Center
  • OAI, Inc.
  • ONE Northside
  • Ounce of Prevention
  • Puerto Rican Agenda
  • Resident Association of Greater Englewood
  • Salvation Army
  • Southwest Organizing Project
  • Teamwork Englewood
  • The Resurrection Project - Lift Up

Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund FAQs

Your donation will help provide increased access to emergency food and basic supplies, rent and mortgage assistance, utility assistance, direct financial assistance for household supplies, and nonprofit safety and operations assistance.

All funds will be allocated to local nonprofit organizations who will disperse services and supplies. A list of funded nonprofit agencies included in the initial round of funding is located above on the homepage. Individuals and families in need of support can visit www.liveunitedchicago.org to find support services near you. Important: Please call all agencies prior to visiting to ensure they are still seeing clients in person and to confirm hours of operation. Important: Please call all agencies prior to visiting to ensure they are still seeing clients in person and to confirm hours of operation.

There is currently not an open application process for the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund. Please provide your information in the linked Google Form and the Response Fund Team will provide updates as they become available. Please also continue to check back here for updates

Yes. Other than a small credit card processing fee, 100% of all donations will go directly to support services and supplies for those in need.

All funds will be allocated to local nonprofit organizations who will disperse services and supplies. A list of funded nonprofit agencies included in the initial round of funding is located above on the homepage. As the needs across the region continue to evolve, we will provide updates on organizations receiving funds. Please check back for updates.

The Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund is a general fund to support those most in need. We encourage you to give directly to any specific health and human service providers you would like to support.

Yes! Please recommend a grant through your donor advised fund sponsor to United Way of Metro Chicago, with the stated purpose Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund and indicate who it is from.

The goal of Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF) is to support all of Illinois, especially regions that are not supported by the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund (CCRF) or other relief mechanisms. It is created to work in tandem with other funds around the state. ICRF works closely with CCRF and conceivably could allocate some funds in the Chicago / collar county area if the Steering Committee identifies needs not otherwise being met. However, the majority will be spent across the state.

QUESTIONS?

  • General questions & inquiries about the Fund can be directed to United Way of Metro Chicago’s COVID-19 Response Fund Processing Center at help@liveunitedchicago.org
  • For interested donors, please contact United Way of Metro Chicago’s Chief Development Officer Betsy Hughes at betsy.hughes@liveunitedchicago.org or Chicago Community Trust’s Sr. Director of Resource Development Joan Garvey Lundgren at jgarveylundgren@cct.org
  • For media inquiries and interview requests, please contact Kiara Goodwin at kiara.goodwin@liveunitedchicago.org or Nina Alcacio at nalcacio@cct.org
  • If you are an individual or family seeking assistance, please visit www.liveunitedchicago.org to find support services near you. Important: Please call all agencies prior to visiting to ensure they are still seeing clients in person and to confirm hours of operation.
  • To make a donation by stock, wire transfer or other assets, please contact the United Way of Metro Chicago COVID-19 Response Fund Donation Processing Center at help@liveunitedchicago.org or 312-906-2204.
  • To pay by check, please note “COVID Response Fund” on the check and make checks payable to United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. Please mail by US Postal Service to United Way of Metropolitan Chicago I 231196 Momentum Place I Chicago, IL 60689.
    If shipping by UPS, FedEx, or messenger service, please send to United Way of Metro Chicago I Fifth Third Wholesale Lockbox I Lockbox #231196 I 4900 W 95th Street I Oak Lawn, IL 60453.

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