The Stories Behind the Grants

Our grants are not just checks, not just points on a map. Our grants are lifelines, connecting individual donors with individual men, women, children, families striving for a better life. These connections stretch across history, so that a visionary donor of yesterday is providing food, shelter or health care for a Chicagoan today. Here are a few of the faces from 95 years of grant making at the Trust.

Cabrini Green Legal Aid

Medical debt, bankruptcy, foreclosure—legal actions often push struggling families further into poverty. CGLA is knocking down legal barriers, thanks to your donations to the Unity Fund.

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‘Keep Your Home’ Event

Hundreds line up for help from attorneys and loan officers, hoping to save their homes from foreclosure. The event in Cicero was funded by your donations to the Unity Challenge.

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National Museum of Mexican Art

Mythical creatures open the door to imagination—and a love for painting, reading and critical thinking too.

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El Hogar del Nino

A speech and language pathologist helps children find their voice.

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St. Columbanus Food Pantry

What can your dollars do? At Feeding Illinois, they're going eight times as far—and helping this pantry keep Park Manor's families on their feet.

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Irving Park Community Food Pantry

As hunger increases, this community pantry and hundreds of others received 2.8 million pounds of food to feed 700,000 people, thanks to your donations to the Unity Challenge.

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Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

From U.S. Marine to "bionic woman," Claudia Mitchell is now helping pioneer a new generation of prosthetics.

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Kids Off The Block

Diane Latiker was determined to save her children from a future of violence. With the help of the African American Legacy, she built a safe place for an entire generation.

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Community Connections Center

The Village of Mount Prospect creates new opportunity for its growing immigrant populations.

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What happens to a neighborhood when its young people lose their dreams for the future? MAGIC is revitalizing Chicago’s Woodlawn community, by inspiring teens to believe that anything really is possible.

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Connecting the Stories

Donors at the Trust

Meet our donors and hear about philanthropy in their own words.

Flip through the years with our online flash cards, capturing 95 years in 95 stories of impact.

Tell us how you've helped the Trust touch our region. Our story is not complete without yours.