Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund Launched

Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund Launched

The Chicago Community Trust and United Way of Metro Chicago have announced the launch of a fund to help nonprofits address the impact of COVID-19 on local communities. 

Launched in partnership with the City of Chicago, the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund will disburse funds raised by philanthropies, corporations, and individuals in the city to health and human services organizations across the region, which are facing a surge in demand as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The funds will be used to provide 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.

In addition to CCT, donors to the fund include the Bluhm Family Charitable FoundationBoston Consulting GroupConant Family FoundationCrown Family PhilanthropiesField FoundationHealthy Communities FoundationJB and MK Pritzker Family FoundationJoyce FoundationLavin Family Supporting FoundationLoop CapitalJohn D. and Catherine T. MacArthur FoundationRobert R. McCormick Foundation, Michael Ferro Foundation, Michael Reese Health TrustNorthern TrustPolk Bros. FoundationPritzker Traubert FoundationSpencer FoundationWoods Fund Chicago, and two anonymous donors.

"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," the fund states on its website. "It's critical that these organizations have the resources they need to continue to operate at the highest capacity."

"Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund." Chicago Community Trust Webpage 03/16/2020. "Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund." Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund Webpage 03/16/2020.