Creating a Thriving, Equitable, and Connected Chicago

Our Moonshot

Closing the Chicago Region’s Racial & Ethnic Wealth Gap

Only by making a shared commitment to equity, opportunity, and prosperity can we realize the region’s true potential. It’s as worthy a goal as reaching for the stars.

Learn About Our Strategy

Explore Our Inspiring Community in the Chicago Region

We collaborate and partner with impactful local organizations and individuals.

  • Bernard Bartilad


    Bernard Bartilad is a senior vice president and market executive in commercial banking at Fifth Third Bank. Actively involved in the local LGBTQ community, Bartilad is currently a co-chair of the Trust’s LGBTQ Community Fund. He also started the MB Financial LGBTQ Initiative in 2011 and previously served on the board at the Center for Halsted.

  • Unity Fund

    Partnerships & Initiatives

    Unity Fund serves as a vehicle for addressing our region's urgent needs. Contributions enable Unity Fund to pool resources and support frontline organizations that are providing critical services such as emergency food, clothing, housing, and legal aid. In 2023, Unity Fund made just over $1 million in grants, largely focused on preventing and ending homelessness for particularly vulnerable groups: youth, survivors of gender-based violence, and asylum seekers. Your generosity ensures we can continue providing critical support.

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    LGBTQ Community Fund

    Community Leader

    The LGBTQ Community Fund works to advance research, connection, and focused grantmaking that envisions a safe, equitable, and supportive environment so that the Chicago region’s LGBTQ community can thrive.

  • Adele Nandan

    Staff Expert

    Adele Nandan is the director of donor engagement for The Chicago Community Trust. Nandan is responsible for the development of strategies for the identification, cultivation,…

Maximize Giving

We partner with individuals, families, and businesses to transform a vision for change into meaningful impact in Chicago and beyond.

Our Donors

A Century of Impact

For more than 100 years, The Chicago Community Trust has been a partner and ally to Chicago-area residents committed to our region's potential for greatness.

Our History

Strengthen Community Together

We convene leaders, changemakers, communities, and passionate individuals to support the Chicago region.

Our Community

2023 Annual Report

$1.6 Billion in Total Grantmaking Awarded by the Trust and Affiliated Donor Advised Fund Programs