$11.6 Million in New Chicago Investments

Over the past 35 years, we’ve invested $1.1 billion in 1,300 organizations and individuals across the city and especially in low-income neighborhoods — more than any other place in the world.

Today, we announced $11.6 million in new Chicago investments to help spur economic development in low-income neighborhoods, create opportunities for youth and prevent violence, promote police reform and accountability, and support arts and culture.

Watch videos of some of the Chicago nonprofits we’re supporting with this new funding:

Metropolitan Planning Council — $200,000 in supplemental support to expand the Cost of Segregation study, which is examining the costs of, and making policy recommendations to address, economic and racial segregation in the Chicago region.
YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago — $500,000 to support Youth Safety and Violence Prevention programs that reduce the effects of adverse childhood experiences, build community protective factors, and support youth exposed to high levels of violence and trauma.
Youth Guidance — $500,000 for general operating support to expand its programs, including the nationally recognized Becoming a Man (BAM) and Working on Womanhood (WOW) school-based counseling programs to help youth overcome life obstacles and improve their academic performance.
Children’s Home + Aid Society — $365,000 for mentoring programs for youth at-risk of violence.
Hive Chicago Learning Network — $250,000 to the Mozilla Foundation to provide support to grow Hive Chicago’s active community of educators and organizations committed to web and digital literacy and increasing connected learning opportunities for Chicago youth.
Donda’s House — $50,000 to convene a series of community conversations that bring together diverse residents — including victims of gun violence and individuals who have suffered from police abuse — to promote healing in response to violence.
My Block My Hood My City — $50,000, this nonprofit takes teenagers from low-income neighborhoods on educational explorations that provide them with a first-hand look into different cultures, careers, people, and businesses. Its mission is to boost educational attainment, break down the barriers of segregation, and counteract poverty and isolation through structured discovery. The organization will use its MacArthur grant to expand programs and services to Harper and Paul Robeson High Schools.
Chicago Youth Boxing Club $50,000, this nonprofit offers three interconnected programs that support youth and community needs in Little Village and North Lawndale. These programs provide access to health education and green spaces; access to safe spaces for recreational purposes and social emotional services; and academic and college preparation support. The organization will use its MacArthur grant to expand its student academic support center and further develop the parent club to encourage greater parental involvement.

We support creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. ⚖🌿☮🌎

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