About

Making good happen. Every day.

The Chicago Community Trust is a community foundation dedicated to improving our region through strategic grant making, civic engagement and inspiring philanthropy. We are here to serve the nonprofit organizations, the generous donors and the thoughtful residents who strive to make a difference, helping their bold vision create lasting community change. We work with a number of partnerships and initiatives to accomplish this work.

As businesses, local governments, and organizations strive to solve pressing challenges, the Trust brings these key actors together to spur necessary collaboration. Working together, connecting thoughtful donors with smart solutions, we leverage collective knowledge, creativity and resources for a greater impact than any of us can make alone.

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Financial Strength

The Chicago Community Trust’s mission to improve the quality of life and prosperity of our region is achieved through the generosity of our donors.

As of Sept. 30, 2013, the Trust’s consolidated assets totaled $2.1 billion. In addition, during the fiscal year, the Trust received new gifts totaling $208.1 million and made combined grant commitments totaling $161 million.

Annual Report 2014

Financial Snapshot:

Fiscal Year 2013 Competitive Grant Commitments by Program Priority

Competitive Grant Commitments by Program Priority


Our People

The Trust is a dedicated team of individuals who strive to make good happen every day. We are honored, challenged and inspired by the daily opportunities to help make change in our communities. We look forward to connecting with you.

Our leadership

The Trust is guided by a diverse, dedicated Executive Committee of our region’s most committed civic leaders. This governing body is responsible for providing the strategic vision that guides our leadership role within the community.


Trustees Committee

Five financial institutions manage a large portion of the Trust’s assets. The Trustees Committee appoints up to five members of the Executive Committee, approves other appointments and advises on the development of the Trust.