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African American Legacy

African American Legacy (AAL) is a philanthropic initiative led by African American civic and community leaders who share the common goal of improving the quality of life among African Americans throughout metropolitan Chicago.

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Asian Giving Circle

The Asian Giving Circle (AGC) was created to build support for nonprofit organizations addressing the challenges of this diverse community, made up of more than 30 ethnic groups speaking hundreds of languages and dialects.

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Disabilities Fund

The Disabilities Fund partners with and advises The Chicago Community Trust about disability inclusion and priorities for data-driven, actionable solutions in the areas of employment, education, community inclusion, and technology.

LGBTQ Community Fund

The LGBTQ Community Fund works to advance research, connection, and focused grant making that envisions a safe, equitable, and supportive environment so that Chicagoland’s LGBTQ community can thrive.

Nuestro Futuro

As the largest affinity fund in the nation dedicated to Latinx philanthropy, Nuestro Futuro (“Our Future”) has been making tangible impact for nearly 20 years by supporting Chicago-area organizations and programs aimed at improving the quality of life for the Latinx community.

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Young Leaders Fund

Young Leaders Fund (YLF) empowers its donors to manage the grant making process. With support from the Trust, they research innovative grassroots organizations, conduct site visits, interview staff, and evaluate grant requests. As a result, members become more effective volunteers and more knowledgeable civic leaders.

Partnerships & Initiatives

Through the years, the Trust has created many types of initiatives to help our region—and its foundations, businesses, civic leaders, and individuals—most effectively engage with the issues they care about.

Partnerships & Initiatives

Our Strategic Plan

The Trust brings together generous donors, committed organizations, and caring residents to effect lasting change that makes our region better for all. We’ve made a 10-year commitment to closing Chicago’s racial and ethnic wealth gap.

Our Work