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.

  • Marty Castro


    For Marty Castro, philanthropy is a kind of family business. “For at least a couple of generations before me, we Castros have been very involved in the Chicago community,” he says. Castro’s grandparents helped build and start Our Lady of Guadalupe, Chicago’s oldest Mexican parish, and his father was a local activist and the city’s first Latino ward committeeman.

  • Enlace Chicago


    Enlace is a 30-year-old community organizing agency that combines direct service with policy and advocacy work to advance progress on key issues impacting Little Village, from immigration to health, violence, and education. With its deep community roots and trusted relationships with residents, Enlace was ideally suited to lead a dynamic local response to COVID-19.

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    LGBTQ Community Fund

    Community Leader

    The LGBTQ Community Fund works to advance research, connection, and focused grant making that envisions a safe, equitable, and supportive environment so that Chicagoland’s LGBTQ community can thrive.

  • Lynnette McRae

    Staff Expert

    Lynnette McRae serves as the director of the Connecting Capital and Community initiative (3C) at The Chicago Community Trust. In this role, she leads a multi-sector collaborative aimed at building wealth through homeownership and real estate development in Black and Latinx communities.

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

$1.4 Billion in Total Grant Making Awarded by the Trust and Affiliated Donor Advised Fund Programs