Bright Promises COVID-19 Coordinated Response Efforts

April 3, 2020

Bright Promises has developed a targeted, coordinated response to helping children, youth and their families during the COVID-19 crisis to ensure that the immediate and ongoing needs of low-income children and families are met.

First, to address the immediate needs of low-income Chicago children and their families during this time of crisis, we have launched the Bright Promises COVID-19 Response Fund. This fast-action response fund will support the immediate needs of low-income families. Emergency grants will be awarded directly to leading community organizations, providing a lifeline to agencies serving low-income families and ensuring that the organizations and infrastructure necessary for recovery remain intact. In addition to the Bright Promises COVID-19 Response Fund, the Foundation has redirected a significant portion of our annual budget to make emergency grants to support the COVID-19 response effort. 

COVID-19 emergency grants will focus on four key areas of urgent need: Domestic abuse/child abuse services, food and shelter for homeless families, mental health services for children, and childcare for first responders and essential workers. 

Visit our COVID-19 Response website to learn more about the Bright Promises COVID-19 Response Fund and make a gift to support low-income children during the COVID-19 crisis:

Additionally, to support the broader COVID-19 response across our city and state, Bright Promises has also joined other funders and foundations in participating in Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund in partnership with the City of Chicago, United Way of Metro Chicago, and the Chicago Community Trust, which also supports the region's health and human service organizations that are experiencing a surge in demand for services from neighbors and communities significantly impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

Finally, as a public foundation, Bright Promises Foundation has the ability to serve as a home for joint funds and donor advised funds to support issues of the donor's choice related to the COVID-19 response effort. If you are interested in contributing to a joint fund through a family or private foundation, or establishing their own child-focused COVID relief fund, Bright Promises will manage the administration of the fund, ensuring resources are reaching organizations as quickly as possible. Foundations or individuals interested in partnering with Bright Promises through a joint fund or through the establishment of an donor advised fund should contact Bright Promises Director or Development Katherine Korey at or call 312-550-2775.