Named best big city in the US six years in a row. A vibrant city with 26 miles of lakefront, iconic architecture and impressive parks. Eight major league sports teams along with outstanding arts, music, culture and food. Originally a transportation hub, linking the east with the west, the city’s storied history has innovation, change and rebuilding at its core.
Made up of diverse neighborhoods, each with distinct personalities and strengths. Yet education, economic, health and other deeply rooted inequities persist. GreenLight will work collaboratively with the community, harnessing Chicago’s innovative spirit and deep commitment to change, to shift outcomes related to the toughest challenges and break down persistent barriers to prosperity.
of Chicago Public School elementary students tested at or above the proficient level in reading
Median income for white residents compared to Black residents and 72% higher than LatinX
of high school students in Chicago Public Schools tested at or above the proficient level for math
“I look forward to partnering with GreenLight Fund as they engage with the community, including those most impacted by poverty, to identify areas not currently being addressed where a proven model brought to our city will make a real impact towards opening equitable economic mobility opportunities and increasing hope. GreenLight has done this effectively in other cities and I’m excited about the work they’ll do with us here.”
– Arne Duncan, Managing Director, Chicago CRED
“The Finnegan Family Foundation has seen the great work that GreenLight has done in other cities and we wanted to bring that amazing expertise to fill existing gaps and needs here in our great city of Chicago. By bringing innovative programs to the city of Chicago we can ensure our families and children have access to new opportunities and renewed hope.”
– Katherine Finnegan, President, The Finnegan Family Foundation
“As a corporate funder, we’ve learned the importance of being humble – realizing that we don’t have all the answers and have the opportunity to learn how our investments can making the biggest impact in helping people and communities thrive. GreenLight Fund’s community-driven approach shares in this philosophy of listening first and trusting those closest to the issue to find solutions that meet a community’s unique needs.”
– Francie S. Richards, vice president of social impact and The Allstate Foundation
“While in Charlotte, I had the opportunity to partner with GreenLight Charlotte and saw first hand the impact their model can have. I am thrilled to welcome GreenLight to Chicago and look forward to tackling complex issues together and tapping into innovative programs from around the nation in order to drive sustainable positive change and help our region thrive.”
– Sean Garrett, President and CEO, United Way of Metro Chicag
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