Emergency Relief: COVID-19

Help us provide lifesaving support where it is needed most.

Our Emergency Relief Fund is providing immediate financial support to the nonprofits working on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With our city’s students and families in mind, we have launched the A Better Chicago Emergency Relief Fund. 

The ripple effects of COVID-19 through our country and our city will hit low-income families hardest. Nearly 400,000 Chicago Public School students are currently out of school, putting both safety and long-term learning at risk. Of these students, 76 percent depend on free or subsidized meals and 16,000 are homeless. This rapidly evolving crisis is not only affecting our students, it impacts their entire family. Already nearly 115,000 Illinois residents have filed for unemployment, with this number climbing daily as businesses are closing their doors to prevent the spread of the virus. This new reality is devastating for families that were barely making ends meet even before the pandemic.

A Better Chicago has already committed $500,000 to this fund to kick start this effort. With your help, we can ensure that our grantees and the communities they serve have the support they need over these coming weeks and months. 100% of your donation will go directly to addressing the urgent needs of our young people, and we remain committed to transparently sharing the way these funds are used. 

Together, we can act to provide essential, lifesaving support where it is needed most. Together, we will overcome these unprecedented challenges and make sure our most vulnerable communities have the resources necessary to weather this storm.