GiveNKind Selected as iHeart Media Chicago Community Partner 2019


 IHEARTMEDIA CHICAGO SALUTES 24 COMMUNITY PARTNERS AT COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP NETWORKING LUNCHEON 

Attendees Included Honorable Pat Dowell and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson 

CHCAGO, IL – March 12, 2019 – iHeartMedia Chicago recently held its annual Community Partnership Luncheon that brought together Chicago’s business and community leaders, including The Honorable Pat Dowell, 3rd Ward Alderman of Chicago City Council; Eddie Johnson, Superintendent for the Chicago Police Department; Barbara Lumpkin, Interim President and CEO of Chicago Urban League and Rev. Michael Pfleger, Senior Pastor of Faith Community of St. Sabina. 

“The Chicago Urban League was not only proud to host this luncheon but to be an engaged partner with iHeartMedia Chicago as well,” said Barbara Lumpkin, Chicago Urban League Interim President and CEO. “Their team continues to raise awareness of the League’s mission through PSAs, media interviews, participation in our Back-to-School Festival and by serving as a media partner for both our SUMMIT and Golden Fellowship Dinner. This invaluable collaboration continues to amplify our community outreach tremendously.” 

“We were honored to salute 24 community partners with custom-made iHeartMedia awards and announce our continued support of their grassroots efforts in 2019 during the luncheon,” said Matt Scarano, President of iHeartMedia’s Chicago Region. “Our community partners are the heartbeat of our local radio stations and the opportunity to award and showcase their great work is the essence of what we do as broadcasters.” 

In 2018, the Chicago stations held their annual Sista Strut, a 3K breast cancer charity walk to benefit the Sisters Network Chicago Chapter, the nation’s largest African American breast cancer survivorship organization. During the luncheon, iHeartMedia Chicago presented a check for $10,000 to Sisters Network Chicago Chapter. The company’s continued partnership with Scott Joplin Elementary School was also highlighted, which has raised over $62,500 since 2017 to develop a music program for its students. 

iHeartMedia Chicago’s 2019 community partners all fall under the education-themed umbrella of music, literacy, health, financial, employment and entrepreneurship. The partners include: North Lawndale Employment Network, College Board, Chicago Children’s Choir, Chicago Urban League, Cara Chicago, Open Books, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Healthy Communities, Embarc Chicago, After School Matters, Gift of Hope, LifeSource, Eden Place Farms, Ladies of Virtue, Latino Policy Forum, Journey’s Dream, Chicago Youth Programs, 100 Black Men 

of Chicago, giveNkind, Dress for Success, Kids Off The Block, Scott Joplin Elementary School, Sisters Network Chicago Chapter, My Block, My Hood, My City and UNCF Chicago. 

iHeartMedia Chicago has donated significant on-air and digital airtime to these organizations across its cluster of stations: 107.5 WGCI-FM, 103.5 KISS-FM, V103, Inspiration 1390 AM, 93.9 LITE FM and BIG 95.5. 

"iHeartMedia Chicago’s commitment and dedication to Dress for Success has helped us increase our services to over 1200 women in the Chicago area, a 7% increase over last year,” said Wendy Wilkins, Director, Dress for Success Worldwide Chicago. “Their community partnership, media attention, client spotlights and event support have helped us increase fundraising by 57%, and individual donations by a whopping 89% over the previous year. We are in awe of their generosity and on behalf of our deserving women, we thank iHeartMedia Chicago from the bottom of our hearts." 

iHeartMedia Chicago has adopted an interview process for nonprofits interested in receiving in-kind media that allows for more collaborative partnerships. iHeartMedia Chicago relies on its Local Advisory Board, a group comprised of 53 iHeartMedia Chicago executives and leaders in the local community, government and education system to help guide their support of community organizations. The Local Advisory Board, established in 2004 in conjunction with iHeartMedia Chicago, has developed various community programs and support a range of issues like education, voter registration, health awareness, volunteerism, women’s issues and leadership. 

iHeartMedia Chicago is the leading media outlet in the market with multiple platforms, including its broadcast station; live events; data; and its digital businesses and platforms, including mobile, social and its own iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service – with more than 2 billion app downloads and 125 million registered users. 

About iHeartMedia Chicago 

iHeartMedia Chicago owns and operates WKSC-FM, WLIT-FM, WEBG-FM, WVAZ- FM, WGCI-FM and WGRB-AM, and is part of iHeartMedia. iHeartMedia is the number one audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month – and with its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. The company’s leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms including 850 live broadcast stations; streaming music, radio and on demand via its iHeartRadio digital service available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices including smart speakers, digital auto dashes, tablets, wearables, smartphones, virtual assistants, TVs and gaming consoles; through its influencers; social; branded iconic live music events; and podcasts as the #1 commercial podcast publisher globally. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics and attribution technology for its marketing partners, using data from its massive consumer base. iHeartMedia is a division of iHeartMedia, Inc. (PINK: IHRTQ). Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information. 

Emily Petway