Donor Opportunities

When you manage giving through the Trust, you become part of a community.

Whatever your goal, the Trust can help you magnify your impact. There are a number of ways to build your personal vehicle for philanthropic effectiveness. If you are interested in learning more, please view our financial highlights or learn more about and meet the donors who already use the Trust to meet their goals.

Please allow us to help you, your family and your advisors realize your dreams.

Philanthropic Services

The Trust can help you translate cash, bequests or other assets into lasting community impact. There are a variety of options, and the Trust can work with you to create a giving vehicle that is right for you.

  • Donor Advised Fund

    Donor advised funds make your grant making simple and effective. Donors create a personal named fund with a minimum gift of $10,000, then make grants from the fund to charities of their choosing. The Trust provides administrative support and oversight of the investment of your assets.

  • Supporting Organizations

    A supporting organization can be an alternative to a private foundation. It is recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. You may select board members to govern investments and grant making policies. With a gift of $3 million or more, the supporting organization becomes an affiliate of the Trust.

  • Private Foundation Conversion

    For many donors, the administrative and other burdens of managing a private foundation can overshadow their primary desire to do good. A donor advised fund with the Trust offers a welcome alternative. View a point-by-point comparison of the advantages of creating a donor advised fund.

  • Planning an Estate Gift

    A planned gift through The Chicago Community Trust can create lasting support for the charitable areas that matter to you. A planned gift can also reduce your income tax liability. Working with your advisors, the Trust can offer you several options to create a lasting philanthropic legacy for yourself and your family. We provide expert consul on charitable gifts that include:

    • Bequests
    • Life insurance policies
    • Retirement accounts
    • Charitable trusts or charitable gift annuities

    Contact Jason Baxendale, senior director of gift planning, at or (312) 616-8000 x 110.

More Giving Opportunities

The Trust supports a number of charitable options that offer online tools to get started.

  • Unity Fund

    Strong communities are built on our compassion and readiness to help our neighbors in their time of need. Unity Fund is your opportunity to make a difference in the lives of thousands close to home. Donations to Unity Fund support nonprofits and programs that address the greatest needs in our community such as: shelter for the homeless, food banks and meal programs, job training and emergency services for the low-income individuals and families.

  • Identity Focused Funds

    Identity-focused funds are groups of donors united by a shared heritage or common interest. They offer an efficient way to support a specific group of people and the nonprofits that aid them by leveraging contributions by giving collectively. Minimum contributions vary by group, starting as low as $250. Learn more about our Identity Focused Funds:

    Pillars Fund

    LGBT Community Fund 

    Latino Giving Circle

    Persons with Disabilities Fund

    The Young Leaders Fund

    Nuestro Futuro

    Asian Giving Circle 

    African American Legacy

  • Geographic Affiliates

    The Chicago Community Trust is affiliated with regional community foundations whose objectives align with those of the greater metropolitan area. Through their affiliation with the Trust, these foundations allow donors to leverage contributions by giving collectively, gain hands-on introduction to grant making and enjoy greater economies of scale. Learn more about our Geographic Affiliates:

    The Community Foundation of Will County

    The Lake County Community Foundation

    McHenry County Community Foundation

  • Give Online

    To make giving simple, the Trust accepts donations from all major credit cards. Gifts by credit card incur a processing fee (2.598 percent plus $2.76 per transaction). You can make a gift to your own donor advised fund, or support one of our partners and initiatives through our online giving service, Kintera.

Donor Resources

Our staff provides personalized service for your giving needs. We can simplify every step – choosing a giving plan, making sound investments, maximizing your tax benefits and handling the paperwork along the way. Learn more about the benefits resources and benefits available to our donors.

Contact Us

There are a number of ways the Trust can tailor your needs to opportunity. Our expertise and service help transform your vision of change into powerful, meaningful philanthropy.

Contact us to learn more about your giving options.