Nicole Layton


Nicole Layton is a senior philanthropic advisor for The Chicago Community Trust. In this role, she is responsible for building and nurturing relationships with current and prospective donors.  She works with individuals and families to develop philanthropic strategies that align with their values and goals. Nicole helps connect philanthropy to opportunity by leveraging the knowledge of the Trust’s Community Impact staff for the benefit of donor advisors. Layton also provides guidance and support to the African American Legacy Fund and the Young Leaders Fund, two of the Trust’s affinity-focused group advised funds.

Layton joined the Trust in 2008. She has been a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) since 2010 and has served on the AFP board of directors. Layton is also a member of the Chicago Council on Planned Giving and Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy. She previously was a member of the Chicago Foundation for Women’s Women United Giving Council and Program Committee, and served on the board of directors for Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program. Layton earned a Master of Nonprofit Management degree from the School of Public Service at DePaul University.