The mission of The Chicago Community Trust is to improve the lives of the people in metropolitan Chicago. We believe that the diversity of our community is a fundamental strength of our region. Our mission is best fulfilled when we embrace diversity as a value and a practice.
We maintain that achieving diversity requires an enduring commitment to inclusion that must find full expression in our organizational culture, values, norms and behaviors. Throughout our work, we will support diversity in all of its forms, encompassing but not limited to age, disability status(1), economic circumstance, ethnicity, gender, race, religion and sexual orientation.
Leading by example we aspire to make diversity a core and abiding strength of the nonprofit sector.
The Chicago Community Trust recognizes that its effectiveness will be enhanced and its mission well served when the practice of diversity is reflected in all aspects of the organization, and specifically when:
The Executive Committee of the Trust reflects the rich diversity of the Chicago metropolitan area.
The Trust shares its commitment to diversity as a value and a practice with its current and potential donors and it encourages donors to consider and embrace these values.
The staff of the Trust reflects the communities of metropolitan Chicago. Staffing at every level of the organization should reflect the diversity of the metropolitan region. The Trust anticipates that its demonstrated commitment represents an organizational standard for the nonprofit sector.
The Trust's grant making is representative of the community it serves and each potential and current grantee demonstrates a commitment to diversity as a value and a practice. A demonstrated commitment is reflected in staffing, board composition, vendors and program partners and organizational philosophy. It is important for an organization to have staff representative of the populations served and staff demographics are one of the factors considered in grant decisions.
The Trust’s vendor community demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusion as a practice. This commitment is reflected in governance practices, hiring practices and organizational philosophy. Preference is given to vendors with a proven record of this commitment to diversity.
1. The term "disability" means, with respect to an individual, a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual; major life activities include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating and working. (Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990)