The Chicago Community Trust is a community foundation dedicated to improving our region through strategic grant making, civic engagement and inspiring philanthropy. We are here to serve the nonprofit organizations, the generous donors and the thoughtful residents who strive to make a difference, helping their bold vision create lasting community change. We work with a number of partnerships and initiatives to accomplish this work.
As businesses, local governments and organizations strive to solve pressing challenges, the Trust brings these key actors together. Working together, we leverage collective knowledge, creativity and resources for a greater impact than any of us can make alone.
The Trust’s vision is a thriving, equitable and connected Chicago region where people of all races, places and identities have the opportunity to reach their potential. We are clear-eyed about the many strengths of our region, and its challenges. We believe we must tackle head-on deep-rooted problems that are long-standing, including a legacy of structural inequities that continue to hold many back.
For more than 100 years, The Chicago Community Trust has convened, supported, funded and accelerated the work of community members and change-makers committed to strengthening the Chicago region. From building up our civic infrastructure to spearheading our response to the Great Recession, the Trust has brought our community together to face pressing challenges and seize our greatest opportunities. Today, our region’s biggest challenges stem from racial and ethnic wealth inequality—and the Chicago region will not be able to realize its potential until it tackles this systemic issue. As a result, we have decided to focus our discretionary funds to address the region’s fundamental challenge: racial and ethnic wealth inequity.Explore our strategic plan
Our commitment to the Chicago region is enduring, as is our promise to adapt our work to address the most pressing needs and priorities of our current time.
The Trust is a dedicated team of individuals who strive to make good happen every day. We are honored, challenged and inspired by the daily opportunities to help make change in our communities. We look forward to connecting with you.Meet Our Staff
The Trust is guided by a diverse, dedicated Executive Committee of our region’s most committed civic leaders. This governing body is responsible for providing the strategic vision that guides our leadership role within the community.
Five financial institutions manage a large portion of the Trust’s assets. The Trustees Committee appoints up to five members of the Executive Committee, approves other appointments and advises on the development of the Trust.