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A retired NFL Running Back for the Chicago Bears, Matt Forté and his foundation champion organizations that promote health, wellness, and education for at-risk youth. He has partnered with and advocated for United Way of Chicago, to be one of the faces of the organization and sat on The Google Org Impact Challenge board rallying local non-profit organizations to create innovative economic opportunities within their community through grants.

Last year, in response to COVID-19 and the economic impact it had on small businesses, Forté and his foundation partnered with Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives Micro Finance Group (CNIMFG) to launch “Your Forté, Our Finance.” The program pledged to invest, grow, and build underserved communities in the south and west sides of Chicago by providing $3 million in financial contributions, primarily to small black-owned businesses, through a combination of loans, grants and other educational resources.

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