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Our Challenge

Chicago is facing a big challenge and, at the same time, a great opportunity. We can make our city stronger, safer and an even better place to raise a family. We can revitalize communities citywide and make the future brighter for the next generation. But we must act now. And we must act together.

Over the last year, leaders from local government, business, community groups, faith-based organizations, educational institutions and foundations have come together to develop a coordinated plan to improve safety in neighborhoods across the city. The effort has been focused on developing high-impact, research-based strategies to prevent violence, intervene with those at greatest risk and make our communities safer.

We’re off to a good start, but to make this plan more than a great idea, we need you to become:

Watch the speakers from the "Working Together to Create Safer Communities and Brighter Futures" luncheon
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Watch the speakers from the "Working Together to Create Safer Communities and Brighter Futures" luncheon

Tom Wilson

Jim Reynolds, Jr.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

First Lady Michelle Obama
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Working Together

To make this plan a reality, we need to work together as one community. We’re starting with a strong foundation. Mayor Rahm Emanuel created Get In Chicago in March 2013 to put the plan into action. The organization is led by Tom Wilson, Chairman, President & CEO, The Allstate Corporation, and Jim Reynolds, Jr., Chairman & CEO, Loop Capital. Its members have firsthand knowledge and real-life experience of what it takes to reduce violence and create more opportunities for youth. Other committee members include:

  • Sarah Pang, Senior Vice President, CNA Financial Corporation
  • Isiah Thomas, Chairman & CEO, Isiah International, LLC and Founder, Mary's Court
  • Jesse Ruiz, Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and Vice President, Chicago Board of Education
  • Kurt Summers, Jr., Senior Vice President, Grosvenor Capital Management
  • Evelyn Diaz, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Family & Support Services
  • Tony Parasida, Senior Vice President, Boeing
  • Christopher Crane, President and COO, Exelon Corporation

Get In Chicago will operate as a separate organization with independent governance and transparency. The organization has three responsibilities:

  • Identify and support the expansion of proven programs to reduce violence and make the city safer.
  • Coordinate and align these programs with existing public and community-based efforts.
  • Monitor program implementation and measure actual performance to ensure improvements are sustainable.

Investing in Opportunities

Get In Chicago’s goal is to raise at least $50 million to initiate or expand targeted programs for a five-year period until they can be effectively incorporated into publicly funded programs.

Get In Chicago will focus on three major initiatives:

Prevention and Intervention Programs

  • Target to at-risk youth.
  • Focus on out-of-school programs, student re-engagement centers and conflict resolution counseling.
  • Align and coordinate with City of Chicago, Cook County and State of Illinois public safety initiatives.

Community Capacity Building

  • Design strategies to build and strengthen local neighborhood coalitions.
  • Support residents’ efforts to take ownership and accountability to ensure sustainable change.

Innovation Fund

  • Provide development funds for new programs.
  • Accelerate progress or qualify for matching funds.

Supporters

They're IN. Are you?

Thank you to the organizations who have committed to making our communities safer and providing opportunities for our youth:

Founders

Allstate
Aon
Bank of America
Baxter International Inc.
BMO Harris Bank
Boeing
Chicago Community Trust
Exelon
Grosvenor Capital Management
JP Morgan Chase & Co.
United Airlines Foundation
McDonald's Corporation
Guggenheim Partners
Loop Capital
Mesirow Financial
Motorola Solutions Foundation
NATO Host Committee
Northern Trust
PNC Bank
Satter Investments
The Walter Family Foundation
One Chicago Fund

Heroes

CVS Corporation/CVS Pharmacy, Inc.
Ariel Investments
Charlie & Rochelle Trotter
Chicago Board Options Exchange
DeVry University
Discover
Nicor Gas
Patricia Cox, President, KPW Foundation
Goldman Sachs
KPMG
Telephone & Data Systems, Inc.
Jill Garling & Tom Wilson
Johnson Publishing Company
PrivateBancorp Inc.
Walmart
U.S. Cellular Corp.
Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
The John Buck Company

Pro Bono Partners

Allstate
Bain & Company, Inc.
Burrell Communications
Civic Consulting Alliance
DLA Piper, LLP
Ernst & Young
Hartman Publishing
The Chicago Community Trust
IBM Corporation
Mr. Frank Gihan
Perkins Coie
The University of Chicago Crime Lab
The University of Illinois at Chicago
Xerox Business Services
Edelman

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Working together, we can make our city safer.

Working together, we can provide opportunities to empower Chicago’s youth.

Working together, we can take Chicago forward.

It’s up to us.

We’re IN. Are you?

*donations are tax-deductible

All contributions will be placed in The Get In Chicago Fund, a donor advised fund of The Chicago Community Foundation.

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Checks may be made payable to The Chicago Community Foundation.

Please include “Get In Chicago Fund” in the memo line.

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The Chicago Community Trust
Attn: Nicole Mitchell
225 N Michigan Ave, Suite 2200
Chicago, IL 60601