Copy_of_UNITY_Gathering_Logo_.png

Give_Smart_Banner_NEW_3.png

IMPACT GIVING 2020: RESPONSIVE INNOVATION

We've made the decision to suspend bidding on Unity Benefit auction packages until, travel, public gatherings, and restaurant dining are safe to resume. However, Umoja needs your support more than ever now! As we closely monitor the needs and realities of our school partners, Umoja is innovating to meet partner needs virtually during school-closures and prepare to support schools with deeply effective resources once it is safe to return to the classroom. Support Umoja's COVID-19 - responsive innovation by donating to fund specific projects today


EVERY DONATION, EVERY AMOUNT IS VALUABLE

This Unity Gathering replaces our single and largest fundraiser of the year. While we're excited to tell you the story in a new way, it's not so easy to replace the revenue. Please consider donating what you would have given us in the room at our benefit by clicking on the "donate" button below.

We're deeply committed to both social distancing and deep connection during these unprecedented times. As the pace of society shifts, the needs of young people do not go away. From any distance, Umoja remains committed to these needs.

TOGETHER, THIS IS OUR WORK. WELCOME TO THE WORK.

Copy_of_UNITY_BENEFIT_Donate_Button.png

 

Divider.png

2020 UNITY BENEFIT HOST

Christine_Adams_Headshot_1.png

Christine Adams
Actress, Black Lightning 

Christine Adams (DC Comic's Black Lightning and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) helps us celebrate everyday heroes by hosting UMOJA's 2020 Unity Benefit.

 

 

 

 

2020 UNITY BENEFIT HONOREES

Swinney_Headshot.png

2020 Unity Award Honoree
Maurice Swinney, EdD
Chief Equity Officer, Chicago Public Schools

As the district’s first Chief Equity Officer, Maurice is responsible for moving us closer to achieving educational equity, which is a moral imperative for CPS. Prior to this role, Maurice served as the principal of Chicago’s Tilden Community Career Academy, where his focus on college readiness and social-emotional learning was recognized by the University of Chicago’s Consortium on School Research.  In his new role with the district, he will be responsible for examining our policies and programs for inequities and implementing strategies that minimize gaps in resources, staffing, and high-quality academic programming.

Prior to joining CPS, Maurice was a teacher and school leader in Louisiana. Maurice holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Education and Master’s degree in Educational Leadership/School Principalship from Xavier University of Louisiana.  Dr. Swinney has earned his EdD. in Public School Administration with a Superintendency endorsement from Oral Roberts University this Spring 2019. 

Fifth_Third_Bank_logo_logotype_emblem_5_3.png

2020 Umoja Corporate Champion
Fifth Third Bank

Fifth Third Bank is proud to partner with four Chicago Public High Schools to execute the On The Block (OTB) financial stability/workforce development program. The goal of OTB is to increase the number of high school graduates who go on to earn a living wage by their mid-20s. We believe students can accomplish this through multiple pathways including college, job training, trade school, and gap year programs. We partner with Umoja, Youth Job Center, One Million Degrees and Bottom Line to provide a curriculum that helps young people build the personal skills to make good life and career choices, and high-touch coaching through workforce development and college persistence programs. Fifth Third Bank believes that young people are the future of our economy. When they can earn a living wage, businesses prosper as communities thrive.

 

Divider.png

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS


CHANGEMAKERS

Logos_5.png   Logos_13.png   Logos_4.png   Protiviti.png


LEADERS

Logos_11.png   Logos_10.png   DLA_Piper.png   Logos.png 


BELIEVERS

Logos.png   BiDesign.png  Logos_3.png   Logos_9.png


CHAMPIONS

Logos_1.png   Logos_2.png   Bridge_Logo.png    ComEd.png   Logos_6.png   MacQuarie.png   Logos_8.png

Divider.pngCopy_of_UNITY_BENEFIT_Donate_Button.png

  For questions: Kristin McKay, Director - External Affairs | kmckay(at)umojacorporation.org

*Unity Benefit tickets are nonrefundable