We’re working to build a Chicago region where equity is central—and opportunity and prosperity are in reach for all.

As our region’s community foundation, The Chicago Community Trust is a platform for change that connects philanthropy to impact. We bring together generous donors, committed organizations, and caring residents to effect lasting change that moves our entire region forward.

For over 100 years, forward-looking individuals and families have entrusted their philanthropic resources and visions to the Trust’s stewardship. Our expertise goes to work helping donors translate their funds and passions into innovative and impactful giving strategies.

Guided by our deep community knowledge, we make grants, lead, convene, and collaborate to address the greatest and most critical needs facing the Chicago region.

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Our Mission & Vision

We envision a Chicago region where equity is central and opportunity and prosperity are in reach for all. To realize our vision, we mobilize people, ideas, organizations, and resources to improve the lives people in the Chicago region and beyond.

More About the Trust

When you partner with the Trust, you become part of a legacy of generosity and impact that goes all the way back to our founding in 1915.

Learn About Our History
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In 2019, the Trust launched a 10-year strategic plan focused on closing our region’s racial and ethnic wealth gap. Many of metropolitan Chicago’s greatest challenges are rooted in systemic wealth inequities—and until they are addressed, we won’t be able to realize our full potential.

Learn About Our Work
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We know that philanthropy has played a role in perpetuating systems that have not always advanced equity, but we recognize we have an opportunity to do better and are committed to making a positive difference.

Learn About Our Commitment to DEI

The change we envision for our region is big—and it’s only possible because of our dedicated partners.

Learn About Our Partners