McDonald’s invests in 40 local Chicago nonprofits dedicated to supporting young people of opportunity

The Chicago Community Impact Grant Program, developed in partnership with the Chicago Community Trust, reinforces McDonald’s longstanding commitment to the city it calls home

CHICAGO, September 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — McDonald’s Corporation today announced that it will invest in 40 Chicago-based nonprofits that address some of the city’s most pressing needs for young people of opportunity through its program. Chicago Community Impact Grants Program, developed in partnership with the Chicago Community Trust (the Trust).

Grants totaling $3.5 million has been awarded to organizations that promote safe, healthy and thriving community support systems for young people, especially local black and Latino youth, who face multiple barriers to employment and education.

“With Chicago as the home of our global headquarters, we are prioritizing our investment in our city’s long-term socio-economic well-being by partnering with leading community groups,” said Joe ErlingerPresident of McDonald’s UNITED STATES. “These organizations provide essential support to our neighborhoods and share our mission to reduce barriers to educational and economic opportunity. Together, we are taking a significant step forward in our commitment to ensuring our communities thrive for generations to come.

In 2021, the McDonald’s team held conversations with local leaders to seek advice on the best ways to support the Chicago community – and supporting the future of the city’s youth has become the primary focus of this grant program. The team then partnered with the Trust to identify local organizations that work specifically with black and Latino youth on the south and west sides of the city and provide ongoing life skills training and pre-employment support, as well as essential services such as mental health programs and mentoring opportunities. By investing in organizations across the city that have dedicated resources and programs, grants will help support the success of future generations and help them realize their full potential.

For the full list of grant recipients, please visit McDonald’s Press Room.

“We know that when we invest in our young people, we are investing in the future of our city and our region,” said Andrea Sáenz, interim president and CEO of the Chicago Community Trust. “As the Chicago community foundation in the area, we are excited to work alongside McDonald’s to positively impact the trajectory of our youth for years to come. »

The grant program builds on McDonald’s longstanding community philanthropic efforts and the Trust’s mission to build a Chicago where equity is central and where opportunity is within everyone’s reach. For more than 100 years, community members and civic leaders have partnered with the Trust to meet the Chicago pressing needs of the region and connecting philanthropy to impact. From providing unemployment relief during the Great Depression to supporting nonprofits serving the most vulnerable neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trust has worked with stakeholders across the region to effect lasting change that moves the entire region forward.

In recent years, McDonald’s has supported various non-profit organizations through corporate partnerships and multi-million dollar investments with organizations such as the International Youth Foundation, Obama Foundation, Chicago Apprentice Network , Skills for Chicagoland’s Future, American Red Cross and Ronald McDonald House Charities. ®. Additionally, McDonald’s franchisees support the Chicagoland community through events such as the McDonald’s Operators of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Food for the Body & Spirit’s long-running annual turkey and trimmings giveaway to give back to the local community and bring hope to the less fortunate during the Thanksgiving season.

As one of the world’s largest brands headquartered in Chicago, McDonald’s believes it is its responsibility to fulfill its purpose of nurturing and nurturing the communities in its own neighborhood. The McDonald’s Global Impact team, which includes experts in community impact and philanthropy and government relations and public policy, uses its extensive experience with local charities and knowledge of the Chicago area to help shape corporate giving of McDonald’s and to strengthen the company’s relationships with community partners. To learn more, please visit Community Login (

About McDonald’s
McDonald’s is the world’s leading foodservice retailer with nearly 40,000 locations in more than 100 countries. Approximately 95% of McDonald’s restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local business owners.

About the Chicago Community Trust
The Chicago Community Trust is a community foundation dedicated to strengthening the Chicago region by creating equity, opportunity and prosperity for all who call it home. For more than 100 years, the Trust has brought together generous donors, committed nonprofits and caring residents to bring about lasting change. In 2019, the Chicago Community Trust embarked on a 10-year strategic plan to address one of the most critical challenges of our time – closing the racial and ethnic wealth gap for the Chicago region while meeting the critical needs of our most vulnerable residents. Thanks to its generous donors, in fiscal year 2021, more than 7,000 organizations received more than $1.4 billion in funding the Trust and affiliate donor-advised fund programs. To learn more, visit

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