Funds & Giving Vehicles

For every interest and approach to giving, there is a Trust expert who can assist in creating your charitable plan of action.

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Types of Funds & Giving Vehicles

There are a variety of options, and the Trust can work with you to create the giving vehicle that is right for you.

Charitable Remainder TrustProvides you with annual distributions for life or specified term, with a charity receiving assets when the trust terminates. Many different types of assets can fund a CRT.
CryptocurrencyThe Trust accepts gifts of cryptocurrency through The Giving Block, and we quickly liquidate your gift, putting your generosity to work right away.
Designated FundsDesignated funds are established to provide one or more specifically named charities with annual distributions.
Donor Advised Fund (DAF)Immediate tax deductibility. Provides either anonymity or recognition for your support. Excellent option for converting a private foundation or for complementing other philanthropic vehicles, such as charitable LLCs. Download our DAF brochure and application.
Field of Interest FundsField of Interest funds ensure that the Trust, as your philanthropic fiduciary, will continue to support the issues you care about now and in the future.
Giving Non-Cash AssetsPhilanthropy can be so much more than gifts of cash. Guide your clients through leveraging marketable securities, real estate, closely held business interests and even artwork to bring their charitable goals within reach.

Take a look at our fact sheet series:

Realizing Your Charitable Goals with Non-Cash Assets

Art and Collectibles

Closely Held Business Interests

Publicly Traded Securities

Real Estate
Private Foundation ConversionFor many donors, the administrative and other burdens of managing a private foundation can overshadow their primary desire to do good. A donor advised fund with the Trust offers a welcome alternative.
Supporting OrganizationIdeal for a strong and substantial relationship with grant recipients, a supporting organization provides for a board structure as well as different levels of involvement by other interested parties; Recommended for maintaining a measure of control over the supporting organization’s objectives and means of support; Can reduce tax and distribution burdens, be subject to less restrictive regulations, and enjoys considerably wider latitude in support.
Unrestricted FundSupport for the most pressing needs, as identified at the time of disbursement by the grantmaking experts at The Chicago Community Trust.

Forms & Resources

Our staff provides personalized service for your giving needs. In addition to helping you build a giving plan, we are here to help with making sound investments, maximizing your tax benefits, and handling the paperwork along the way.

For a directory of relevant forms and resources, click here.

We also offer donor advised fund holders 24/7 online access to add money or make grants from anywhere in the world through our online Donor Portal.

Let the philanthropic professionals of the Trust show you how giving can be made easier, more effective, and more gratifying.


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.

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