We love what we do. Every day, we embrace the mission to lead and inspire philanthropic efforts that measurably improve the lives of everyone in our region. Our guiding light is service to our community, our donors and our nonprofit partners—and we aim to be better and do better with every step we take. We invite you to join in our efforts and to be bold with us, on behalf of a better world.

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Compensation Policy

The Trust has established compensation guidelines designed to attract, develop and motivate employees sharing their unique knowledge and dedication for our community. Our compensation program is reviewed regularly to ensure that salaries are competitive and fair.


In addition to generous compensation, the Trust offers a comprehensive benefits package designed to ensure the health and wellbeing of all employees. Here’s a sampling of what we offer:

  • Health and Welfare

    The Trust strives to meet the health needs of our employees by offering a variety of affordable health, dental, vision and other supplemental insurance options for our employees to select based on their individual needs.

  • Protect Yourself and Your Family

    Have peace of mind with company-provided basic life insurance coverage at two times salary; accidental death and dismemberment coverage; 24-hour access to employee assistance (EAP) counselors; and short- and long-term disability benefits for salary continuation in times of extended illness.

  • Paid Time Off

    We value work/life balance and provide generous time off that includes paid observed holidays, vacation, personal, sick and bereavement leave.

  • Retirement Benefits

    To help employees save for retirement, the Trust provides options that allow employees to put money away on a pre-tax and post-tax basis on Day 1, complementing these contributions with a quarterly and annual company-provided discretionary contribution.

  • Making Good Things Happen

    The Trust recognizes the importance of well-rounded employees and an environment of continuous learning. In support of this, the Trust offers access to an on-site fitness center with wellness programs, tuition reimbursement and professional development opportunities. Employees also have the ability to leverage philanthropic giving through a matching gift program that allows for a donation of $2 for every $1 that employees donate to eligible nonprofit organizations.

    The Trust also sponsors company events for employees such as holiday parties, company-wide volunteer outings, Fun Fridays and other activities to promote engagement, connectivity and camaraderie of colleagues.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to achieving our impact.

The Chicago Community Trust’s vision is a Chicago region where equity, opportunity, and prosperity abound. We acknowledge the specific role discrimination and systemic barriers based on race, ethnicity, and other varied identities and differences have played in limiting opportunities for too many.  A commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is at the core of who we are, the decisions we make, and the actions we take in our work to strengthen the communities we serve and advance our strategic focus to close the racial and ethnic wealth gap. Click here to learn more about our strategic plan.

Diversity: The breadth of visible and invisible differences in who we are and how we identify. We involve and reflect the communities we serve. We honor our differences as fundamental to carrying out our mission.  

Equity: The recognition that people and communities experience unequal and unjust circumstances and the actions that seek to rectify them. We account for disparities in opportunity when allocating our resources.

Inclusion: The involvement of all voices, collaborating and embracing our differences. We aim to build a culture of belonging in which everyone feels respected. We believe every person’s voice adds value, and we strive to create balance in the context of power differences.

Our Commitment: We know that philanthropy has played a role in perpetuating systems that have not always advanced equity, but we recognize we have an opportunity to do better and are committed to making a positive difference.