About Us

At United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, we’re about creating better lives on a large scale. We leverage the expertise of our staff, our connections across sectors and our resources including funding and research, to transform individual lives and entire neighborhoods. With strategies that include both a regional and neighborhood approach to addressing big challenges; a clear focus on the critical areas to individual and community success; and partnerships with almost 200 best-in-class nonprofits, we’re able to make a lasting difference for struggling individuals and families. Add to that 80+ years of experience and unparalleled relationships and you’ve got a formula for building stronger communities with more high school graduates, financially stable households and healthy families.


Born in 1932 out of the Chicago business community’s concern for their fellow citizens during the Depression, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago has linked together communities to create lasting change for over 80 years. We work to advance the common good by focusing on financial stability, access to healthcare and educational assistance.

From the Chicago Association of Commerce resolution to create a funding mechanism to aid the hungry and unemployed in Chicago, to our efforts today to rejuvenate communities through giving, advocating and volunteering, United Way is creating ways for people to make a difference.

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