Creating a Legacy

Gifts from wills, trusts, and other assets can accomplish your philanthropic goals, support specific charities, or enable the Trust to continue meeting the region’s most pressing needs.

These gifts are often a collaboration between you, your advisors, and Trust philanthropic experts—one that ensures your  values will live on through thoughtful giving and expert stewardship.

Some of the ways donors have created their legacies at the Trust include:  

  • Making an Unrestricted Gift to the Trust’s endowment to address the most pressing needs of the Chicago region and its people long into the future 
  • Supporting specific issue areas, such as health care, human needs, or education, while leveraging the Trust’s expertise and knowledge of nonprofit organizations through a Field of Interest Fund 
  • Providing ongoing support to specific charities in perpetuity or for a set period of time through a Designated Fund 
  • Making a gift to an existing Donor Advised Fund at the Trust

Our experts will partner with you and your advisors to meet your charitable giving goals.

Contact our Gift Planning team.

The 1915 Society

Named for the year the Trust was established, the 1915 Society honors our donors who have included The Chicago Community Trust in their estate and aspire to secure a strong future for our region through thoughtful philanthropy. 1915 Society members are invited to exclusive events and seminars. 

To learn more, contact Adele Nandan, director of donor engagement, at

Legacy Stories & Giving Insights

For more than 100 years, our donors’ generosity has made a lasting mark on the Chicago region. Here are some of their stories.


We work closely with individuals and families just like you, as well as with your trusted wealth advisors, to ensure that your charitable giving provides the control, flexibility, and impact you’re seeking.

For Donors

Professional Advisors

For over 100 years, we have provided donor services that help individuals and families throughout the Chicago region take control of their charitable giving.

For Professional Advisors