UNCF Chicago

“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.

UNCF still needs your assistance, as we can only help 1 out of 10 students who apply for scholarships, due to insufficient available funding. 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? If you've got the time and are interested in getting behind UNCF, we'd be very happy to hear from you. 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?

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News and Events

UNCF Supporter Ron Redd to be Honored at "A Mind Is..." Gala
Senior Vice President at BMO Harris Bank and UNCF supporter Ron Redd will be honored at the UNCF Chicago 18th annual "A Mind Is..." Gala, June 16. He will receive the UNCF Alumni Award. Redd has helped with fundraising efforts to support the annual Walk for Education,  and is a strong volunteer. He is a graduate of UNCF-member institution Morehouse College. 

The Gala is one of Chicago's signature fundraising galas and premier social events of the year. Supported by a diverse group of corporate sponsors and individuals, it involves celebrities, dignitaries, civic leaders, volunteers, public officials, alumni and others who support UNCF's mission of investing in America's future by getting students to and through college. Along with Redd, UNCF Chicago will honor UNCF Community Award honoree Dr. Janice Jackson, CEO of Chicago Public Schools; and Corporate Award honoree Northern Trust.  To purchase tickets or become a sponsor, visit UNCF.org/AMIChicago.

UNCF Chicago Kick-off event held to plan for the annual "A Mind Is..." Gala



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It is truly an honor to work with the members of the UNCF Chicago Leadership Council. They have a passion for ensuring access to higher education for our future change agents.

LaDonna Reed, VP, MCA Sales Integration Manager; Associated Bank

LaDonna Reed, VP, MCA Sales Integration Manager; Associated Bank UNCF Chicago Leadership Council Chair

UNCF Chicago Staff