The LGBTQ Community Fund (the Fund), an affinity Fund of the Trust, unites donors to support Chicago’s LGBTQ community. Since its founding in…
LGBTQ Community Fund
Supporting Chicago’s LGBTQ community through philanthropy.
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.
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Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the LGBTQ Community Fund provided its largest annual grant making total in 2020, awarding $813,000 in…
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 grant making.
The LGBTQ Community Fund envisions a Chicagoland LGBTQ Community thriving in a safe, equitable, and supportive environment.
|Steering Committee||Life Members|
|Alan Harder, Co-Chair||Prue Beidler|
|Bernard Bartilad, Co-Chair||Denise Foy|
|Walter Abrego||Adnaan Hamid|
|Duke Alden||Ken O’Keefe|
|Jennifer Brier||Ryan VanMeter|
|Katie Eccles||Founding Co-Chairs|
|Caronina Grimble||James L. Alexander|
|Dara Ignacio||Prue Beidler|
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.
Give to the Fund
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.Make A Gift
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