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.

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Explore Our Inspiring Community in the Chicago Region

We collaborate and partner with impactful local organizations and individuals.

  • Cynthia Plouché


    For Cynthia Plouché, the importance of belonging has guided her personal and professional path. Having achieved a successful career in investment management, Cynthia long felt a calling to help young women of color achieve their highest potential through education, financial literacy, and mentoring.

  • The Chicagoland Vaccine Partnership


    In 2021, the Trust was a lead supporter and participant in the Chicagoland Vaccine Partnership—a coalition of 160+ organizations dedicated to helping communities work together to get more COVID vaccine shots into the arms of Black and Latinx residents. The vaccine partnership boosted vaccination rates in COVID-vulnerable neighborhoods by turning to the people who best know how to reach them—trusted community members, organizers, and leaders.

  • African American Legacy

    Community Leader

    African American Legacy (AAL) is a philanthropic initiative led by African American civic and community leaders who share the common goal of improving the quality of life among African Americans throughout metropolitan Chicago.

  • 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