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

Celebrating 10 Years

2020 marked the 10th anniversary of the LGBTQ Community Fund (the Fund) at The Chicago Community Trust, and 2021 marked the beginning of the Fund’s second decade. Read this Q&A, where co-chairs Katherine Groninger, PhD, and Alan Harder share their thoughts about the Fund’s impact and what is on the horizon.

2020: The LGBTQ Community Fund 10-Year Report

A forward-thinking group of leaders outlined an ambitious plan to advance the health and well-being of Chicagoland’s LGBTQ community. At its heart, the concept was simple and born of longstanding and pressing needs. The group’s vision was to bring to bear the resources and financial model, partners, and sheer will to improve quality of life for Chicago’s LGBTQ community. A growing cadre of leaders and allies mapped a course for a transformational initiative that enters a second decade of positive, measurable impact.

2019: The Chicago LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment

In 2018, the Steering Committee of the LGBTQ Community Fund retained Morten Group to conduct another community needs assessment. The first assessment of this nature was published in 2012; the purpose of this new assessment was to provide an updated snapshot of the community’s needs for 2019.

2012: The Chicago LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment

In September 2011, the LGBT Community Fund Steering Committee retained Morten Group to conduct a needs assessment for Chicago’s LGBTQ community. The purpose of the assessment was two-fold: (1) to gather data about the assets, needs, and challenges of the LGBTQ community in the Chicagoland area, and (2) to inform future funding decisions of the Steering Committee.

Stronger Together

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

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