After winning $8.9 million in a lawsuit against Dominick’s this summer for the unauthorized use of his name in an ad, he promised to donate the proceeds to charity. He then settled the case and another one against Jewel-Osco in November for an undisclosed sum.
“I care deeply about the city of Chicago and have such incredible memories from my years there,” Jordan said in a statement. “The 23 charities I’ve chosen to make donations to all support the health, education and well-being of the kids of Chicago. Chicago has given me so much and I want to give back to its kids – the city’s future.”
Jordan’s staff say they had a fun time calling the selected nonprofits including: After School Matters, Casa Central, the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago Scholars, Chicago Youth Programs, Children’s Literacy Initiative, Christopher House, Common Threads, Erikson Institute, Gary Comer Youth Center, Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund — Illinois, KEEN Chicago, La Casa Norte, La Rabida Children’s Hospital, Make-A-Wish Illinois, New Moms, New Teacher Center, The Ounce of Prevention Fund, Project Exploration, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Sinai Health System, SOS Children’s Villages Illinois and Tutoring Chicago.
The amount of money each charity received is secret because of the confidential terms of the settlements, Jordan’s spokeswoman Estee Portnoy told the Tribune.
His generosity won’t go unappreciated. Jordan’s donation will help fund educational programs for kids at Casa Central and it’s especially helpful when state funding is tied up, director of resource development Sarahjane Johnson told the Tribune.