When our neighbors do better, we all do better. Let’s work together to build a stronger Chicago region, for all of us.

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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.

  • Diana Torres Hawken


    One can say that Diana Torres Hawken has come full circle. Her connection to The Chicago Community Trust began 16 years ago when she moved to Chicago, and her first job was working as a program assistant for the Trust. When she and her family were ready to make an impact on the larger community, Diana knew she wanted to honor her Colombian roots and turned to Nuestro Futuro (“Our Futuro”), an affinity fund of the Trust that supports Chicago-area organizations and programs aimed at improving the quality of life for the Latinx community.

  • 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.

  • Young Leaders Fund

    Community Leader

    Young Leaders Fund (YLF) empowers its donors to manage the grant making process. With support from the Trust, they research innovative grassroots organizations, conduct site visits, interview staff, and evaluate grant requests. As a result, members become more effective volunteers and more knowledgeable civic leaders.

  • Edwin Tobar

    Staff Expert

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

Learning & Impact

$1.5 Billion in Total Grant Making Awarded by the Trust and Affiliated Donor Advised Fund Programs