Supporting our communities now and in the future.
As we thought about how to expand our reach, we realized our corporate giving mission didn’t encapsulate everything we wanted to achieve within Good Will Works. At the company level, our focus is helping people achieve independence and prosperity through homeownership, and we do that through companywide volunteer events and partnerships with local organizations.
The Baird family legacy.
The Baird family has a strong history of being committed to helping communities in the city and across Chicagoland, and it’s a commitment that continues to this day. On top of our regular contributions, the Baird family has pledged to donate $75,000 every year to the Good Will Works fund to directly support three important causes: fair housing, financial empowerment and racial equity.
3 Causes. 3 Grants. 3 Organizations.
Funding organizations that work in fair housing, racial equity and financial empowerment means we can help provide more opportunities for people to gain the tools and skills necessary to achieve and maintain homeownership.
And we know that ongoing support makes a bigger impact than one-time donations. That’s why we’re pledging to use the $75,000 donation from the Baird family to give three $25,000 grants to three organizations that focus on these causes.
Our partner in 2021 for racial equity is the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago and for financial empowerment we’re working with the Spanish Coalition for Housing. Our Fair Housing partner is UIC John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Clinic.
A Partnership For Good
A Partnership for Good is our new three-year initiative with the Chicago chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Habitat’s mission aligns with our vision of empowering homeownership and strengthening communities as a whole, and shines a light on our three areas of focus: fair housing, financial empowerment, and racial equity.
We’re committed to providing a total of $500,000 over the course of three years to support four main areas of programming that go beyond building homes — community engagement, affordable homeownership, education and neighborhood improvement.
We’re able to directly impact neighborhoods and people throughout Chicagoland and lend our everyday real estate expertise through opportunities to volunteer together as a company and as individuals.