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.
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.
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.
(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.
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):
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.
Please visit the City of Chicago Department of Public Health website and the Center for Disease Control website for the most up-to-date information.