Regional Rock Stars of All Ages Continue to Inspire with Stories of Hope

The Regional Rock Stars is a collaborative effort to highlight the stories of everyday people doing extraordinary things. They’re neighbors, colleagues, co-workers and friends who are making a difference with acts of kindness, hope and gratitude during the COVID-19 pandemic. Three were announced last week and we’re proud to announce today the next set of […]

Community Partners Announce the First Regional Rock Stars

Launched earlier last month, the Regional Rock Stars is an initiative that tells the stories of neighbors, colleagues, co-workers and friends who are making a difference with acts of kindness, hope and gratitude during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the extension of the stay-at-home rule in Illinois, these stories are more important than even just two […]

Student Changemakers Award $15,000 to Address Barriers to Health Care

Students participating in YC2, Community Memorial Foundation’s youth philanthropy program, recently awarded $7,500 grants to Alivio Medical Center and TEACH to address barriers to health care surrounding language, cultural competence and ability to pay. The 2020 cohort of YC2 (also known as Young Community Changemakers) includes 29 juniors and seniors from Lyons Township High School and Nazareth Academy. Curricula encourages students to explore […]

Community Memorial Foundation Awards Nearly a Quarter Million Dollars in Urgent COVID-19 Funding to Nonprofit Organizations Serving the Western Suburbs

Community Memorial Foundation (CMF) has awarded $249,750 to 26 local nonprofit partners who are addressing the COVID-19 outbreak in the Western Suburbs. Funding will expand telehealth tools for essential primary and behavioral healthcare services, as well as address health and human service gaps for the disproportionately affected. “The Foundation has been listening to our grantee […]

Nominate a Regional Rock Star

Community Partners Launch Recognition of Regional Rock Stars to Ignite Hope We all know one: a neighbor, colleague, co-worker, friend who is making a difference with acts of kindness, hope and gratitude. These are the folks you talk about around your kitchen table, the ones you’ve seen on social media, the people helping people you […]

CMF Announces COVID-19 Urgent Response Fund

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Community Memorial Foundation has been listening: first and foremost, to our grantee partners—to their needs and concerns; to Chicagoland-area grantmaking colleagues; and to thought leaders across the country. Our focus is how to best understand how this pandemic is impacting our local communities and to learn what strategies others are […]

Important News from CMF

Dear Colleagues and Friends, So much has changed since we last convened in January. Like many communities across our nation, our region has been deeply affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and its effects on our neighbors, our sector and our very way of life. When we launched the Foundation’s 25th anniversary program and special grant […]

An Open Letter to the Chicago Region’s Nonprofit Community | COVID-19

Dear Partners and Friends, As the Chicago region grapples with unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19, we are grateful for your ongoing work to provide essential public services, tackle inequities, and create communities where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. We can’t imagine a more difficult time for Chicago area nonprofits. Many vital programs are being […]

Joint Statement on COVID-19

Community Memorial Foundation, Healthy Communities Foundation, Michael Reese Health Trust and Westlake Health Foundation are focused on measurably improving the health and well-being of individuals and families living in Chicago and the western suburbs. As such, we share a mutual concern of what an advanced COVID-19 outbreak can look like in our service regions. As […]

Anniversary Programs & Opportunities

Community Memorial Foundation turns 25 in 2020, and we plan to honor our anniversary by celebrating the strength and resilience of our grantee partners