with John MacCarthy

“Mpowering” families is critical to Chicago’s success.  Metropolitan Family Services will empower more than 100,000 people by 2020.  As past Board Chair, I have seen first-hand the leadership and collaboration provided for strong programs and successful outcomes.

Co-Chair, Campaign to Mpower Families
Former Board Chair, Board member since 1999

John MacCarthy (left) with Metropolitan President & CEO Ric Estrada


As past Board Chair, I am thrilled to continue leading as Co-Chair of the Campaign to Mpower Families.  Our Campaign’s Transformation Fund supports new initiatives such as Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P), a collaboration that is professionally addressing a major Chicago challenge: Violence.  We see challenges as opportunities. Together we can transform and heal families, neighborhoods and the City.

As a Co-Chair of the Campaign to Mpower Families, I continue to support Metropolitan’s leadership including their focus on smart partnerships that help generate superior results.  With the support of the Campaign’s Transformation Fund, Metropolitan’s foundation of strong leadership and increased collaboration is continuing to empower families.

Metropolitan has assumed fiscal leadership for several dynamic nonprofits as we continue to focus on partnerships to empower families.  We are the fiscal sponsor of ACT Now Illinois, which promotes afterschool programing for students.  We also serve as fiscal agent for the Greenwood Project, which is opening doors for minority students to financial industry careers, and for the Institute for Non Violence Chicago, which is immersed in cutting-edge work to address violence in the Austin community.

Leadership and collaboration continue with a special new initiative through the foundation of the Campaign’s Transformation Fund.  As violence has become a top priority that our city must jointly address, Metropolitan has launched, in partnership with eight lead community organizations in nine of Chicago’s highest-risk communities, Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P).  CP4P’s goals are to help reduce shooting and homicides, create and reclaim safe community spaces, and professionalize the field of community outreach.  This initiative, which works in partnership with the Chicago Police Department, the Chicago Department of Health and Human Services, and the Chicago Department of Education, has been made possible by the support of multiple private foundations and other Transformational Fund donors.  CP4P will contribute to solutions that will transform and heal Chicago.  Please join us in transforming Chicago by empowering families.

Our Measure of Success


It starts with you. Who will you Mpower?


Here’s where you come in.

Your support of the Campaign to Mpower Families is your opportunity to be part of our collective impact in the Chicago area – empowering families one life at a time. Transforming communities, one strong family at a time.

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