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YLS After 5

Register for the YLS After 5 event now: Chicago Register Now Lisle Register Now Schaumburg Register Now Questions? Email YoungLeadersSociety@uwonline.org. See you on the 10th!

McDonald’s Invests in Student Success

McDonald’s Corporation is taking a stand on middle school support with a $100,000 investment in United Way education strategies. Students who drop out of high school show signs of struggling long beforehand. Tutoring, mentoring and afterschool programs for at risk middle school students help get and keep kids on track for high school graduation. McDonald’s… Read more »

Human Service Agencies Already Cutting Services Amidst State Budget Stalemate

Many agencies face depleted cash reserves by September 1 United Way of Illinois, the statewide association of 52 local United Ways, and collectively the largest non-governmental funder of health and human services in the state, surveyed human service agencies across Illinois to understand the steps they are taking to deliver services in light of the… Read more »

BMO Financial Group and BMO Harris Bank Set High Bar for Corporate Giving

BMO Financial Group and BMO Harris Bank care about the communities they serve. That’s evident not just by their more than $4 million in support—with substantial support from employee donations—for United Way’s work, but by the volunteer hours (more than 1,600) contributed by their employees, and BMO Harris Bank’s investment in United Way’s Neighborhood Network… Read more »


As the largest private funder of human services in the region, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago understands that quality delivery of human services is critical to both serving our most vulnerable citizens, and to improving the economic future of our state. We recognize that the state is under significant fiscal pressure that it must resolve… Read more »

Wendy DuBoe and Mark Burton Author Op-Ed

United Way of Metropolitan Chicago President and CEO, Wendy DuBoe, and United Way of Illinois Chairman, Mark Burton, pen op-ed on importance of human service investment amidst budget crisis.

June Media Highlights

Thanks to our extraordinary partners at ABC 7 for supporting our Celebration event on June 19th. Terrell Brown of ABC 7 served as the emcee of the event and highlights were shared in a segment you can view here. On June 21st United Way CEO and President, Wendy DuBoe, and Jennifer Ruiz, a parent mentor… Read more »

United Way’s Annual Celebration Luncheon

United Way honors and celebrates its many partners every year who help bring resources, connections and expertise to improve the lives of individuals and move neighborhoods forward.

United Way Launches LGBT Affinity Group

United Way of Metropolitan Chicago has launched a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender affinity group to serve as an advocacy, engagement and fundraising arm for its important work serving this community across education, income, health and basic needs. View the United Pride homepage. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group expands to include supporters from across… Read more »