Block Club Chicago is proud to receive a large portion of our annual revenue directly from readers through subscriptions and generous individual donations. We also are thankful for the support of charitable foundations who back our important mission.

Block Club received more than $5,000 in support from the following individuals and organizations:


The Joyce Foundation

The McCormick Foundation

Chicago Community Trust

Norbert Tatro

The Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation

Arnold Ventures

American Journalism Project

The MacArthur Foundation

The Field Foundation

The Conant Family Foundation

Patrick Corcoran

Driehaus Foundation

Funding Good Chaos

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation

Carole Oppenheim & Jerome Lamet Charitable Fund

Walder Foundation

Square One Foundation

Irish Woods Foundation

The Knight Foundation

The Lenfest Institute For Journalism

Report For America

Facebook Journalism Project

Koziol Family Foundation

Steans Family Foundation

Ellen Hanson

Asian American Journalists Association

Institute For Nonprofit News

Google News Initiative

Chicago Headline Club Foundation

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation that will help grow and sustain our neighborhood news operation, please contact Director of Development Maple Walker Lloyd at or click here.

Donor Transparency 

We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization.

Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals, organizations and foundations to help with our general operations, coverage of specific topics, and special projects. Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors. We do not give supporters the rights to assign, review or edit content.

We will make public all donors who give $5,000 or more per year. As a nonprofit, we will avoid accepting donations from anonymous sources, and we will not accept donations from government entities, political parties, elected officials or candidates actively seeking public office. We will not accept donations from sources who, deemed by our board of directors, present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.