The Chicago Community Trust Steps Up to "Give5here" with $500,000 Challenge Grant

For Immediate Release | Contact: April Specht Redzic, United Way of Metro Chicago | 312.906.2393 Eva Penar, The Chicago Community Trust | 312.616.8000 x 161

As United Way of Metropolitan Chicago campaigns to raise money for families in crisis, called Give5Here, TheChicago Community Trust has stepped up to “Give5” in a big way-providing United Way with a grant that matchesdollar-for-dollar every donation up to $500,000.

Now, those who want to help people with basic needs can doubletheir gift through the Chicago Community Trust grant.

“The Chicago Community Trust has dedicated significant resources to fight the rising tide of poverty, but individualgiving through the United Way remains an essential part of our charitable safety net,” said Terry Mazany, presidentand chief executive officer of The Chicago Community Trust.

“The spirit of giving back is the spirit of Chicagoland andthrough this challenge grant, the Trust can shine a light on the critical needs of local communities that are strugglingto meet increasing demands for human services.

“Give5Here contributions will be directed toward critical services such as food, shelter and homeless prevention,assistance for seniors, skill building and job placement, crisis counseling and other immediate needs in communitiessuch as Ford Heights and Robbins in the south suburbs and Cicero and Maywood in the western suburbs.

“United Way is grateful to once again partner with The Chicago Community Trust, which has been at the forefront ofsupporting the needs in our community,” said Wendy DuBoe, United Way chief community investment officer. “Eachday, we hear new stories about people in our area who have had to choose between buying food and paying theirrent. We hope people will take advantage of this opportunity, so generously provided by the Trust, so that others willhave the resources they need to make it through this economic crisis.

“Give5Here is a special fundraising initiative that ties into the power of collective effort. When large numbers ofconcerned people give as little as $5-and ask five friends to do the same-they can make a huge difference duringthese difficult times. Give5Here was launched with a February 2 flash mob in Daley Plaza to advocate for peoplein crisis:

• The demand for food bank assistance has increased by 30-90% in Chicagoland. • On any given night, more than 20,000 people in Illinois are homeless. • One in five people in Chicagoland live in poverty.

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The Chicago Community Trust For 93 years, The Chicago Community Trust, our region’s community foundation, has connected the generosity of donors withcommunity needs by making grants to organizations working to improve metropolitan Chicago. In 2008, The Trust, together withits donors, granted more than $100 million to not-for-profit organizations. From strengthening community schools to assistinglocal art programs, from building health centers to helping lives affected by violence, the Trust continues to enhance our region.

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United Way of Metropolitan Chicago improves lives by mobilizing caring people to invest in the community where it’s neededmost. People engage with United Way to give, advocate and volunteer in their community to advance the common good.Spanning 238 communities across six counties, United Way is the largest non-governmental funder of health and human serviceprograms in the region. By promoting education, income and health, United Way creates opportunities for people to live stable, healthy and independent lives.

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