Since 1991, Chicago Cares volunteers have completed over 1.4 million hours of service through more than 30,000 group volunteer projects. It is our highest priority to ensure that when people give their time or financial resources to Chicago Cares, that their support is being used to make Chicago a stronger community.
Chicago Cares uses detailed metrics to report impact data and provide context to our programming. We make public our findings as they relate to our current strategic plan and we regularly seek guidance from outside experts to provide best in class volunteer opportunities.
Chicago Cares works with local corporations to create customized service projects that benefit the Chicago community and meet individual marketing, social responsibility, and employee engagement goals.
This unique funding model enables us to engage companies and their employees in volunteer service while driving sustainable funding for our ongoing programs. We also rely on foundation grants and contributions from individuals to support our programs. The Chicago Cares Board of Directors and senior staff provide ongoing financial oversight and management of all revenues and expenses related to both programmatic and organizational expenses.
Chicago Cares is one of only 3% of nonprofits to receive Charity Navigator’s highest four-star rating six years in a row, demonstrating exceptional financial health and outperforming peers in its efforts to manage and grow finances according to the best fiscal practices and procedures.