LGBTQ Community Fund

Supporting Chicago’s LGBTQ community through philanthropy.

  • $4.25 Million

    Dollars Raised

  • $2.5 Million

    Dollars Granted

  • 148

    Active Donors

  • 45

    Organizations Impacted

About the Fund

In 2010, civic leaders joined in a commitment to addressing a broad range of needs within the LGBTQ community, through strategic support to nonprofit organizations that serve it.

Through an operating grant from The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust and funding support from The Chicago Community Trust, the LGBTQ Community Fund serves as a tool to educate the region about LGBTQ issues and promote effective philanthropy to achieve strategic change.

To learn more about our grants recipients and donors, click here.

Our Values

Community: We are part of, and invested in, an inclusive community; we act and collaborate with empathy and social responsibility.

Justice: We respect and celebrate human diversity and difference; we work to dismantle homophobia, racism and transphobia to address historical and systemic marginalization.

Connection: We seek to connect Chicagoland’s LGBTQ population and its organizations to ideas, research, and one other.

Courage: We champion leadership, innovation, and creativity; we act on principle and challenge the status quo.

Pragmatism: We support research to understand our community and its needs; we support real-world solutions and measurable results.

Our Mission & Vision

To advance Chicagoland’s LGBTQ Community through research, connection, and focused grantmaking. 

The LGBTQ Community Fund envisions a Chicagoland LGBTQ Community thriving in a safe, equitable, and supportive environment.

Our Team

Steering CommitteeLife Members
Bernard Bartilad, Co-ChairPrue Beidler
Luis Roman, Co-ChairDenise Foy
Walter AbregoAdnaan Hamid
Duke AldenKen O’Keefe
Jennifer BrierRyan VanMeter
Raymond Crossman
Katie EcclesFounding Co-Chairs
Caronina GrimbleJames L. Alexander
Dara IgnacioPrue Beidler
Kristin Scott
Lorenza Taylor
Carla Wheeler

A Better & Safer Place for All

The fund works toward the vision of a region where Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer residents live responsibly in harmony with all communities, enjoying the same freedoms and quality of life, and with the same opportunity to make the region a better and safer place for all to live.

The LGBTQ Community Fund is also an endowed fund, which also dedicates its endowment income to providing strategic grant support for nonprofit agencies. With this permanent resource, the most pressing needs of Chicago’s LGBTQ community can be met in perpetuity—no matter what challenges emerge in years ahead.


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    Our work is made possible through the generous donations of individuals, foundations, and corporations. Nearly 200 donors have supported our work since the Fund’s founding.

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