The Chicago Community Trust

Our Region’s Community Foundation

The Chicago Community Trust is 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 mission.

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.

Building on 100 years of commitment to the Chicago region, we mobilize people, ideas, organizations and resources to advance equity and opportunity. We aspire to be an adaptive catalyst for enduring change, acting with persistence, creativity and vigor. Our lifeblood for the change we seek is our generous philanthropic partners, and core to our work are the hundreds of community partners, across all sectors and neighborhoods, who come together to change lives.

Please learn more about our work by exploring our grant opportunities or our philanthropic services. We look forward to partnering with you.


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