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

Our History

In 2006, conversations about establishing an LGBTQ affinity fund began after The Chicago Community Trust contributed to the creation of the Center on Halsted with a capital grant. Over the next four years, Terry Mazany, Prue Beidler, James L. Alexander, and Dr. Patrick M. Sheahan created the Fund and brought a collective vision to fruition.

The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust pledged an additional challenge gift for programs and operations. The Morse Trust and The Chicago Community Trust are the Founding Funders of the LGBTQ Community Fund.

On May 26, 2010, nearly 100 people gathered at The Joffrey Ballet to celebrate these foundational contributions and the official launch of the LGBTQ Community Fund.

Our Response to COVID-19

2020 was the Fund’s tenth year, but with the onset of the novel coronavirus, 2020 also became a defining moment for philanthropy in the Chicago region and around the globe. In the context of the Trust’s and the United Way of Metro Chicago’s broader relief initiatives, the Fund quickly established guidelines and announced a round of COVID-19 Response Grants before the end of June.

Unlike the other Affinity Funds at the Trust, the venture capital fundraising model used by the LGBTQ Community Fund allowed for easy access to funds and enabled quick and efficient distribution through grant awards.

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

Photo Credit: Howard Brown Health

2019 Community Needs Assessment

In 2018, the Fund partnered with Morten Group to launch a grassroots participatory action research process about the most urgent needs and opportunities for Chicago’s LGBTQ community.

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