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- Chance the Rapper is donating $1 million to improve mental health services in Chicago.
- Part of the money will go to a new initiative that connects people with necessary mental health treatment.
- In his rise to fame, the 25-year-old rapper has become a major philanthropist for his home city.
Chance the Rapper is donating $1 million to improve mental health services offered in his home city of Chicago.
The 25-year-old musician, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, announced the move Thursday at the summit for his nonprofit, SocialWorks.
Part of the funding will go to a new initiative from SocialWorks, called “State of Mind,” to help connect people with needed treatments. Another portion of the funds will give $100,000 each to six different mental health providers in Cook County.
Chance fans and Chicago residents were proud of the new initiative.
A M A Z I N G ! ????????
— hoesloveglo (@AlmendraIbanez) October 4, 2018
wow..big ups bro..while other rappers are busy buying diamonds..chance is putting his to good use
— Godwin Chibuzo (@GodwinChibuzo7) October 5, 2018
AMAZING ???? ???????????? #godsplan
— Syndie Piverger (@SyndiePiverger) October 5, 2018
what chance the rapper has done for chicago is incredible. i would give back as much as he does but i can’t even afford new toothpaste at the moment so let me get on that first
— James (@CaucasianJames) October 5, 2018
With his rise to fame, Chance has become a philanthropist and public figure in his home city.
His nonprofit has given millions to local public schools, and he announced funding for 20 additional ones Thursday. In July, he also bought the local Chicago news site Chicagoist, saving it from being shut down.