The United Way of Illinois and the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations, in collaboration with the Office of Governor JB Pritzker, are establishing the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund to raise funds from individual, corporate, and foundation donors to be disbursed to nonprofit organizations across the state serving individuals, families and communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.

About the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund

This fund will swiftly deploy additional financial resources to local community foundations and nonprofits to support residents in need of emergency food and basic supplies, interim housing and shelter, primary health care services, utility assistance, direct financial assistance for household expenses, supports for children and other vulnerable populations, and nonprofit safety and operations assistance. This fund will work in tandem with other funds set up around the State ensuring that resources go where they are needed most.

Illinois is blessed with strong local nonprofit organizations and community foundations that serve our region’s most vulnerable neighbors. In this moment of unprecedented demand, it’s critical that these organizations have the resources they need to continue to operate at their highest capacity.

Your donation will support the agencies that are ensuring our neighbors can access basic needs in this time of crisis.

To learn more about funds raised to date and the list of organizations included in the initial round of funding, click here.

To see the original announcement of the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund, click here.

For answers to frequently asked questions about the fund and general contact information, please click here.

Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund Supporters

Thank you to our extraordinary coalition of individuals, foundations, and corporations who have come together to support our community through the Illinois COVID-19 response fund.

View our growing list of donors on our supporters page.

Founders:

  • Abe and Ida Cooper Foundation
  • Ameren Illinois
  • Antonio J. Gracias
  • Astellas
  • Bartlit Beck LLP
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Bluhm Family Charitable Foundation
  • Carol and Larry Levy
  • Caterpillar Foundation
  • The Chicago Community Trust
  • The Chicago Cubs Charities
  • Chicago Trading Company
  • Circle of Service Foundation
  • Comcast
  • ComEd, Exelon Foundation and Exelon Generation
  • Comer Family Foundation
  • Crown Family Philanthropies
  • Donald Levin Family Foundation
  • Doug and Diane Oberhelman
  • GCM Grosvenor
  • Gjaja Family Foundation
  • Governor JB and First Lady MK Pritzker
  • Grand Victoria Foundation
  • Grubhub
  • Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
  • Horizon Therapeutics
  • Irving Harris Foundation
  • ITW
  • JB and MK Pritzker Family Foundation
  • Joe and Rika Mansueto
  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Joyce Foundation
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Kristen Hertel and Muneer Satter, The Satter Foundation
  • Laura and Brooke Ricketts
  • Linden Capital Partners
  • Malkin Family
  • Matthew and Erin Krentz
  • Matthew Pritzker
  • McCormick Foundation
  • McDonald's Corporation
  • Medline Industries, Inc.
  • Mellody Hobson and George Lucas
  • Northern Trust
  • Penny Pritzker and Bryan Traubert
  • Pritzker Foundation
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Steans Family Foundation
  • Stephen Schuler Family
  • Walgreens Boots Alliance
  • Wicklow Capital
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Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund Recipients

Below is a list of organizations included in the initial round of funding. To date, $5,575,000 of ICRF funds have been distributed to these recipients. Information about individual grant amounts and geographies covered can be found here.

As the needs across the state continue to evolve, we will provide updates on organizations receiving funds. Check back for updates.

Grantees:

  • AgeOptions on behalf of I4a the Illinois Association of AAA
  • Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley
  • Community Foundation of Macon County
  • Community Foundation of the Quincy Area
  • DeKalb County Community Foundation
  • Feeding Illinois
  • Fox Valley United Way
  • Freeport Community Foundation
  • Galesburg Community Foundation
  • Heart of Illinois United Way
  • Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
  • Illinois Migrant Council
  • Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living
  • Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
  • Prairieland United Way
  • Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation
  • Southern Illinois Community Foundation
  • Starved Rock Country Community Foundation
  • The DuPage Community Foundation d/b/a DuPage Foundation
  • The Moline Foundation
  • United Way of Central Illinois
  • United Way of Champaign County
  • United Way of Greater McHenry County (UW) and The Community Foundation for McHenry County (CFMC)
  • United Way of Greater St. Louis
  • United Way of Lake County
  • United Way of McLean County
  • United Way of Rock River Valley
  • United Way of South Central Illinois
  • United Way of Will County

Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund FAQs

Your donation will be disbursed to nonprofit organizations across the state of Illinois serving individuals, families and communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund will swiftly deploy additional financial resources to local community foundations and nonprofits to support residents in need of emergency food and basic supplies; interim housing and shelter; primary health care services; utility and financial assistance; supports for children and other vulnerable populations, and nonprofit safety and operations assistance. This fund will work in tandem with other funds set up around the state ensuring that resources go where they are needed most. Your contribution is a tax-exempt charitable donation to a 501(c)3 organization.

We do not have a specific goal or timeline for the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund. We anticipate long-lasting effects of COVID-19 beyond the current stay at home order, so our hope is for the Fund to provide as much support as possible, for as long as possible. We anticipate several rounds of funding in coming weeks and perhaps months. The mix of grants made will take into account developing needs and underserved groups as the COVID-19 impacts evolve.

Thank you to our partners – individuals, nonprofits, foundations, and corporations -- who have come together to support our community through the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund. A full list of those donors can be found in the supporters section. But what we have is just kicking off, and we welcome any and all new donations.

No, we are grateful for any and all donations shared during this difficult time to serve families in need. There is no amount too small to help make a difference.

Yes. Other than a small processing fee for credit card donations, 100% of all donations to the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF) will go directly to support critical services and supplies for those in need across the state. The Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund will work in tandem with other funds set up around the state to ensure that resources are directed where they are needed most. A list of funded nonprofit agencies included in the initial round of funding is located here.

Not directly. All funds will go to Illinois nonprofit organizations serving individuals, families and communities who will disburse services and supplies. A list of funded nonprofit agencies included in the initial round of funding is located here. Individuals and families in need of support should check back for updates on which organizations are receiving support and may be able to extend assistance.

There is currently not an open application process for the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF). Please provide your information in the linked Google Form and the Response Fund Team will provide updates as they become available. The Fund’s Steering Committee will be working to identify organizations for its first round of funding soon.

A list of funded nonprofit agencies included in the initial round of funding is located here. We will continue to update this list as funding is provided to additional organizations. The ICRF will provide flexible resources to local community foundations and nonprofit organizations across the state to supply essential resources to the individuals and households most impacted by the pandemic. The fund is designed to be flexible so it can deploy resources to address possible additional areas of community need as they develop.

The ICRF is chaired by former US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and lead partners are The Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations and United Way of Illinois, which bring important knowledge and expertise about needs and capacity in every region of the state. The ICRF is governed by a Steering Committee of philanthropic, nonprofit and corporate leaders from around the state who will identify areas of immediate need and the level of funding for each area. As noted above, key areas for consideration are emergency food and basic supplies; interim housing and shelter; primary health care services; utility and financial assistance; supports for children and other vulnerable populations; and nonprofit safety and operations assistance.

Supporting the Steering Committee is a Grantmaking Working Group made up of diverse individuals with deep experience in the social service sector and connections to grassroots organizations throughout Illinois; this group will recommend specific grants for the Steering Committee to consider. They will draw on their expertise, networks, and knowledge of other local/regional COVID-19 response efforts to assess areas of need and potential providers. They will recommend potential grants to regional nonprofit organizations, community foundations, and United Way affiliates across Illinois that can efficiently respond to pressing needs in local communities. The Steering Committee will decide which grants to approve. Funds will be distributed across geographies in Illinois, will focus on basic needs, and will provide relief to the most vulnerable populations.

No. The Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund is a general fund to support those most in need across the state. Funds will be pooled and then disbursed at the ICRF Steering Committee’s guidance. If you would like to give to a specific organization, we encourage you to give directly to that organization.

Yes. Please recommend a grant through your donor advised fund sponsor to The Chicago Community Foundation, 225 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 2200, Chicago IL 60601, Designate the purpose as the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund, and please also indicate who the donation is from.

Americans and residents across Illinois are engaging with digital platforms and content at record levels to stay informed. We encourage you to share our website via the social share buttons located on the website and within your own networks to help us spread the word.

The goal of Illinois Covid-19 Response Fund is to support all of Illinois, especially regions that are not supported by the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund or other relief mechanisms. However, Illinois Covid-19 Response Fund works closely with Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund and conceivably could allocate some funds in the Chicago / collar county area if the Steering Committee identifies discrete needs not otherwise being met. The majority will be spent across the state.

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  • Questions not answered above can be directed to: ILCovidhelp@unitedwayillinois.org .

    Please note that there is currently not an open application process for the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF). The Fund’s Steering Committee will be working to identify organizations for its first round of funding soon. Please continue to check back here for updates.

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