We Are a Platform for Change that Connects Philanthropy to Impact.

As our region’s community foundation, The Chicago Community Trust unites generous donors, committed nonprofits and caring residents to effect lasting change that moves our entire region forward.

For more than 100 years, donors have entrusted their philanthropic resources and visions to our stewardship. Guided by our deep knowledge of the community, we fund, lead, convene and collaborate to address the greatest and most critical needs facing the Chicago region. Our approach centers on both tackling the region’s immediate needs and addressing the root causes of deep-seated issues to make a tangible, lasting impact. The strength of our expertise goes to work—no matter what your philanthropic goals— to ensure your generosity can do the greatest good for our region and beyond.

We work with a number of partnerships and initiatives to accomplish this work.






Our Vision

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.


Our Strategy

For more than a century The Chicago Community Trust has convened, supported, funded and accelerated the work of community members and change-makers committed to strengthening the Chicago region. Today, our region’s biggest challenges stem from racial and ethnic wealth inequality—and it will not be able to realize its potential until this systemic issue is addressed. 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