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“A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in.”® Why not invest your time or money in better futures for young people in Illinois, Wisconsin and around the country?

UNCF Chicago is here to help you send a student to college and turn his or her life around.

Support UNCF as we celebrate Black History Month

You can make the difference between a student dropping out of college or graduating because of lack of financial resources.

Text UNCFCHI to 50555 to give $25, or click here to donate today and build better futures for African American students!

Want to volunteer for a formal event or a noontime luncheon with community leaders? Is a child you know looking for the right college? Can you contribute to keeping student aid available and academic programs strong at UNCF-member colleges or universities?

UNCF Chicago will make the connection. Contact us today to learn how you can help.


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It is an exciting opportunity to work with Chicago-area leaders on the UNCF Leadership Council. We develop strategies that directly benefit UNCF member schools and help students complete their educational journey – a win-win!

Yvette Henry

Yvette Henry UNCF Chicago Leadership Council Chair


News and Events

See "Chapter & Verse", a must-see film starring Daniel Beaty, Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine and Selenis Leyva. The film opens in Chicago on February 10-16 at AMC River East 21 theater: 322 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60611.

About the Film: Chapter and Verse: a Harlem Story, starring Daniel Beatty, Omari Hardwick and Loretta Divine
Upon his return from serving eight years in prison, reformed gang leader S. Lance Ingram struggles to adapt to a changed Harlem. Lance lives under the tough supervision of a parole officer in a halfway house. Unable to find a job with the computer tech training he received in prison, Lance is forced to take a delivery job in a food pantry. It is thus that he meets and is befriended by Ms. Maddy, a 60-year-old strong and spirited grandmother. Lance assumes responsibility for Ty’s well-being—Ms. Maddy’s 15 year old grandson—a promising student and artist who has become involved in a dangerous Harlem street gang. Lance tries to make peace with G-Rod, the charismatic gang leader, and makes a deal to let Ty walk away. But when gang members decide to punish Ty for disobeying the “law of the streets,” Lance decides to sacrifice his “second chance” at freedom so that Ty can have a “first chance” at a better life.


UNCF Chicago Staff