Nike is proud to announce the latest round of grant recipients for the Nike Community Impact Fund (NCIF), an innovative approach to grant-making that engages committees composed of Nike employees and store athletes to help award grants to nonprofit organizations in the communities where they live and work. The community store in Chicago awarded $50,000 via grants of $5,000 to $10,000 each to seven local organizations focused on getting kids moving through play and sport so they can lead healthier, happier and more successful lives.
The Chicago community store joins community stores in Detroit, New Orleans, Ivy City in Washington, D.C., the Flatbush neighborhood in Brooklyn, N.Y., and East Los Angeles, which collectively have awarded a total of $300,000 in grants to 44 nonprofit organizations and schools in this latest giving cycle, in partnership with CAF America. This is the Chicago community store’s second round of grants supporting local organizations through NCIF. Since its overall launch in 2010, NCIF has awarded 473 nonprofit organizations in the six cities above, along with the Portland Metro region of Oregon, with more than $4.5 million in grants.
“At Nike, we believe kids are made to play and when they do, they’ll do better in life – from the playground to the classroom,” said Caitlin Morris, General Manager of Nike Community Impact. “We are honored to support grassroots organizations making a real difference in Chicago by leveraging the power of sport to invest in the potential of today’s youth.”
Official press release below: