Connecting Philanthropy to Impact

With more than a century of experience addressing the Chicago region’s most pressing needs, the Trust leads with expertise to help donors make their impact. Our deep history of commitment to local communities, and our experience in facilitating philanthropic gifts from the simple to the complex, mean that we serve as a trusted partner and advisor to individuals, families, and businesses striving to build a better Chicago.

We mobilize resources and leverage strategic investments into systemic impact that advances equity and opportunity for everyone in our region.

Back to the Strategic Plan overview.

  • Sharing Our Vision

    We will create and communicate philanthropic opportunities that invite funders—both institutional partners and individual ​donors—to understand our strategic priorities and encourage them to join us in making change at a greater scale than any of us can make alone.

  • Exceeding Donors’ Expectations

    We implement systems and processes that help us understand the unique needs of our diverse base of donors and provide service that anticipates and surpasses those needs. We will continue to meet donors where they are, enabling them to give easily and effectively in ways that advance meaningful causes to meet their own charitable goals. Our Philanthropic Advisors provide expert guidance that helps donors sharpen their goals, connect with issue experts, and develop a giving strategy that aligns with their values.

  • Deepening Relationships

    In partnering with our individual donors, institutional funders, and professional advisors, we forge strategic, trusted long-term relationships based on knowledge of our shared interests and values. Additionally, we continue to broaden our capability to offer impact investing, opportunities for collaborative giving aligned with Trust initiatives, legacy planning, and other methods for donors to make the greatest impact with their philanthropic dollars.

  • Demonstrating ​Impact​

    We hold ourselves accountable to sharing successes and outcomes from the Trust’s philanthropic grants with donors and other stakeholders. This insight can help guide future giving in the near term, while building a sense of connection and confidence in the Trust that fuels more aligned partnerships and more philanthropic resources mobilized for the future of our region.

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