Donors Who Make a Difference

The Trust's impact is the combined effort of business leaders giving back. Families working together. Concerned neighbors championing their communities. Here are a few of the chapters in the Trust's diverse, evolving story.


View a complete list of recent Trust donors.

Mary Pattillo

A young professor receives a Trust grant for research—and a decade later, she's helping to award grants of her own.

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Schopf & Weiss LLP

A law firm celebrates 20 years by giving something back—and a literacy program flourishes.

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The Pillars Fund

The Pillars Fund strives to promote civic engagement among Muslim Americans.

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Rebecca Ford Terry

Rebecca Ford Terry works with the Trust to support the arts and diversity in metropolitan Chicago.

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Baird & Warner

This successful real estate firm enlists all its employees in an innovative campaign to give something back.

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J. Ira and Nicki Harris

The Palm Beach residents maintain strong ties to Chicago through their longtime partnership with the Trust.

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Jennifer Tani

Asian Giving Circle gives Jennifer Tani the chance to continue advocating for the Asian-American community.

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Warren Lavey and Holly Rosencranz

These passionate professionals use their fund to address challenging social issues in the region.

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John G. Searle

After a prominent career in pharmaceutical science, one generous donor supports innovation in the field for generations to come.

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Adela Cepeda

Adela Cepeda remains committed to the Trust after seeing the impact of its strategic grant making.

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Forum Fund

Small nonprofits benefit from the Forum Fund's grants and business expertise.

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The Northern Trust Company

A shared belief in exemplary client service nurtures a long partnership between two landmark Chicago institutions.

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Graham C. Grady

Working with the African American Legacy gives insight into the needs of African American families.

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Marty Castro

This attorney and community advocate is helping shape the generosity of Latino communities into focused, effective philanthropy.

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Lew and Marge Collens

Their lifelong passion for the arts and education finds new expression at the Trust.

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Share Your Story

Do you have a story to share?

Contact Kathy Pope, Assistant Director of Donor Services, at or 312.616.8000 ext. 149 to tell your giving story.