McDonald’s has served up special moments that feed and foster communities all across the world for decades. Amidst a global footprint, the community of Chicago will always hold a special place, with our roots in the community dating back to 1955. It’s why now, as one of the largest employers headquartered in the Second City, we’re continuing to support Chicago’s neighborhood organizations.
In 2022, we introduced a Chicago Community Impact Grants Program in partnership with The Chicago Community Trust, investing in grants to neighborhood organizations advancing youth opportunities. Take a look at the impact made through McDonald’s grants to-date across youth-serving organizations over the past year:
- Grant partners across Chicago reached 54,087 youth ages 16-24, with 13,464 youth participating in programming through the funding support. Youth pursued career and educational pathways while receiving counseling, mentoring and financial literacy education.
- Grant partners provided 21,415 hours of coaching and mentoring, building 1,493 young people’s confidence, skills, and networks.
- McDonald’s grants also funded organizations connecting 6,834 youth to workforce development and training in fields, such as green energy, banking, healthcare, and culinary arts.
- To further the impact of McDonald’s grantmaking in communities, 1,430 McDonald’s volunteers engaged with youth at the funded organizations through 4,995 hours of service.