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Each year, the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation (CBF) uses funds raised throughout the season to provide financial support to local non-profits and community organizations that share in our vision for a healthier, smarter and more secure Chicagoland for children and families. 

In 2020, CBF developed a 3-year strategic plan (through 2023), identifying our four priority impact areas to support underserved communities in and across Chicago:

  • Youth programs that support the whole child across STEM education, social and emotional learning (SEL), or physical health and nutrition
  • Organizations that focus on reconnecting Opportunity Youth (16-24 year-olds) to school and/or sustainable work
  • Organizations that support West Side neighborhoods, especially those that are community-designed and led
  • Organizations, initiatives and programs that support Native American communities, with a focus on those that are Native American-led and operated

Aligned to these priority areas for impact, grants are either distributed directly from the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation or through one of our three strategic co-investment initiatives.

Application Process: The Chicago Blackhawks Foundation has transitioned our grant process beginning in 2020-21 to one by invitation only. Please reach out to Sarah Triner if you have additional questions.

During the 2019-20 season, CBF directly granted $1.55 million to more than 20 organizations across Chicagoland. These grants are directed to our highest-priority investment areas with each grant typically ranging from $10,000-$50,000 annually.

CBF believes in the powerful leverage of philanthropic partnerships, and we are proud to provide greater access to resources toward specific priority impact areas through the following co-investment initiatives:

The Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund

A fund of the McCormick Foundation

Established in 2009, the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund is generously matched at 50 cents on the dollar by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. The Community Fund is specifically focused on advancing youth education programs as well as efforts to reconnect Opportunity Youth by advancing prevention and intervention strategies.

 

One West Side 

A partnership with A Better Chicago

New in 2020, the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation and A Better Chicago launched a new partnership, One West Side, focused on equipping local leaders and fueling programs and services that enable Chicago's youth to thrive at all stages of life. This initiative will invest at least $2 million over the next three years in Chicago's West Side, which includes some of the city's underserved and under-resourced neighborhoods. One West Side is focused on strengthening organizations deeply embedded in their communities with exceptional leaders poised to expand the impact.

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The Impact Fund

Supported by the Mike & Nancy Silverman Family Foundation

Launching in 2021, The Impact Fund will support community transformation with a focus on investing in new programs or initiatives. Through the generous support and partnership of the Mike & Nancy Silverman Family Foundation, we will be awarding this fund's first grants to early-stage programs on Chicago's West Side that are impacting youth at critical stages of development and providing additional support for their families. 

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