Unity Fund

Whatever you give helps where you live. Support the Chicago region through the Unity Fund.

Building strong communities begins when we lend a hand to our neighbors in their time of need. Donating to Unity Fund provides essential lifelines in the community: shelter, food, clothing, health services and job training. Your support makes good things happen.

Brandies Meva'a with her son and infant daughterBrandies Meva’a’s unemployment was running out when she heard a morning news story about i.c.stars, a technology skills program for people who have struggled to find careers due to their socioeconomic background. Through their support, Brandies is now the entrepreneur, business owner and outstanding community leader she was always meant to be. Hear her story

By donating to Unity Fund, your support goes directly to restoring stability for people in crisis by helping them access services instrumental to their self-sufficiency. Join other generous donors and The Chicago Community Trust to make our region—our home—a better place to live for everyone.

Ten years of making a difference

Since 2008 the generosity of donors, combined with dedicated resources from the Trust, has allowed Unity Fund to award over $14 million in grants to 228 nonprofits that provide individuals and families with clothing, workforce development, emergency food, health and wellness, housing and legal services. (click to enlarge)

Ring chart showing the funding areas in which Unity grants have been awarded: Workforce Development $919,300, Shelter & Related Supports $2,194,300, Hunger $2,227,000, Benefits & Social Services $1,951,000, Legal Aid $615,000, Housing & Foreclosures $2,455,000, Health & Wellness $2,036,500, Domestic Violence $835,000, Emergency Assistance $688,000, Human Services $416,000

  • Unity Grant Recipients: 2008 - 2018

    These 228 nonprofit organizations have received support from the Unity Fund to continue their essential work helping restore self-sufficiency to individuals and families in our communities.

    • Access Community Health Network
    • Ada S. McKinley Community Services
    • AgeOptions
    • AIDS Foundation of Chicago
    • AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
    • Alivio Medical Center
    • All Chicago Making Homelessness History
    • Alliance to End Homelessness
    • Alternatives
    • American Indian Center
    • Apna Ghar
    • Arab American Action Network
    • Arab American Family Services
    • Asian Human Services
    • Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center
    • Avenues to Independence
    • Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council
    • Beacon Therapeutic Diagnostic and Treatment Center
    • BEDS
    • Bethel New Life
    • Between Friends
    • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago
    • Breakthrough Urban Ministries
    • CARA
    • Catholic Charities
    • Center for Changing Lives
    • Center for Economic Progress
    • Center for Enriched Living
    • Center for Law and Social Work
    • Center on Halsted
    • Central American Martyrs Center
    • Centro Romero
    • Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation
    • Chicago Bar Foundation
    • Chicago Christian Industrial League
    • Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition
    • Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
    • Chicago Family Health Center
    • Chicago Fund on Aging and Disability
    • Chicago Horticultural Society
    • Chicago House and Social Service Agency
    • Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network
    • Chicago’s Green City Market
    • ChildServ
    • Chinese American Service League
    • Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association
    • Christian Community Health Center
    • Circle Family Healthcare Network
    • City Year
    • CJE SeniorLife
    • Claretian Associates
    • Coalition of Limited English Speaking Elderly
    • Community Mental Health Council
    • CommunityHealth
    • Concordia Place
    • Connections for Abused Women and their Children
    • Connections for the Homeless
    • Coordinated Advice and Referral Program
    • Corazon Community Services
    • Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago
    • Counseling Center of Lakeview
    • Cradles to Crayons
    • Crisis Center for South Suburbia
    • Deborah’s Place
    • DePaul University
    • Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
    • Edgewater Community Council
    • El Valor Corporation
    • Enlace Chicago
    • Equip for Equality
    • Erie Family Health Center
    • Erie Neighborhood House
    • EverThrive Illinois
    • Experimental Station
    • Family Christian Health Center
    • Family Rescue
    • Family Shelter Service
    • Featherfist
    • Feeding Illinois
    • Ford Heights
    • Franciscan Outreach Association
    • Friend Family Health Center
    • Garden Center Services
    • Gary Comer Youth Center
    • Girls in the Game
    • God First Ministries
    • Good News Partners
    • Greater Chicago Food Depository
    • Guardian Angel
    • Hamdard Center for Health and Human Services
    • Harbour
    • Health & Medicine Policy Research Group
    • Healthcare Alternative Systems
    • Healthcare Consortium of Illinois
    • HealthConnect One
    • Heartland Health Outreach
    • Heartland Housing
    • Heartland Human Care Services
    • Heartland International Health Center
    • Housing Action
    • Housing Forward
    • Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly
    • Howard Area Community Center
    • Howard Brown Health Center
    • Illinois African American Coalition
    • Illinois College of Optometry
    • Indo American Center
    • Inner Voice
    • Inner-City Computer Stars Foundation
    • Inspiration
    • Institute of Women Today
    • Interfaith House
    • Interfaith Refugee & Immigration Ministry
    • Irving Park Community Food Pantry
    • Jamal Place
    • Jane Addams Hull House Association
    • Japanese American Service Committee
    • Jobs for Youth/Chicago
    • Julie and Michael Tracy Family Foundation
    • Korean American Community Services
    • Korean American Women in Need
    • La Casa Norte
    • LAF
    • Lakeview Pantry
    • Latin United Community Housing Association
    • Lawndale Christian Health Center
    • Lawrence Hall Youth Services
    • Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing
    • Life Span
    • LIFT
    • Lincoln Park Community Shelter
    • Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly
    • Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
    • LYTE Collective
    • Marcy-Newberry Association
    • Marillac Social Center
    • Matthew House
    • McDermott Center
    • Meals on Wheels Foundation
    • Mercy Housing Lakefront
    • Methodist Youth Services
    • Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force
    • Metropolitan Family Services
    • Metropolitan Mayors Caucus
    • Monroe Foundation
    • Mujeres Latinas en Acción
    • NAMI Illinois
    • National CARES Mentoring Movement
    • Near North Health Service Corporation
    • Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago
    • Neopolitan Lighthouse
    • New Hope Community Service Center
    • New Moms
    • Night Ministry
    • North Side Housing and Supportive Services
    • Northern Illinois Food Bank
    • Northside Community Resources
    • Northwest Side Housing Center
    • Operation Warm
    • Pacific Garden Mission
    • Park Lawn Association
    • PCC Community Wellness Center
    • Phalanx Family Services
    • Pillars Community Services
    • Polish American Association
    • Presence Health
    • PrimeCare Community Health
    • Primo Center for Women and Children
    • Rainbow House
    • Ravenswood Community Council
    • RefugeeOne
    • Renaissance Collaborative
    • Renaissance Social Services
    • Restoration Ministries
    • Resurrection Services
    • Rush University Medical Center
    • Safe Haven Foundation
    • Saint Leonard’s Ministries
    • Saint Pius V
    • Saint Vincent De Paul Center
    • Salvation Army, Family Services
    • San Jose Obrero Mission
    • Sarah’s Inn
    • Selah Freedom
    • SeniorLink Alliance
    • SGA Youth & Family Services
    • SHALVA
    • Sinai Community Institute
    • Sisterhouse
    • Small Business Majority
    • South Suburban Family Shelter
    • South Suburban PADS
    • South-East Asia Center
    • Southland Juvenile Justice Council
    • SouthStar Services
    • Southwest Chicago PADS
    • Spanish Coalition for Housing
    • Spiritual Assembly of the Bahais of Chicago
    • St. Gertrude Church
    • St. John De La Salle Catholic Church
    • Suburban Access
    • Supportive Housing Providers
    • Syrian Community Network
    • Taller de Jose
    • TASC
    • TCA Health
    • The Baseball, Inc.
    • The Chicago Lighthouse
    • The Hope Institute for Children and Family
    • The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights
    • Thresholds
    • Trinity Resurrection United Church
    • U.N.I.O.N. Impact Center
    • Universal Family Connection
    • University of Illinois at Chicago College of Applied Health Sciences
    • University of Illinois Medical Center/Miles Square Health Centers
    • Urban Institute
    • Villa Guadalupe Senior Services
    • WellSpring
    • WINGS Program
    • Woodstock Institute
    • World Relief Chicago
    • World Relief DuPage/Aurora
    • Year Up
    • YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago
    • Youth Job Center of Evanston
    • YWCA of Evanston/North Shore
    • YWCA Uptown Outreach Services