Funds & Ways to Give

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 Reminder 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.
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.
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 grant making 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 portal, Instant Impact.

Local Impact

The Trust offers a number of opportunities to direct your charitable giving into our local community—from impact investing, to supporting the Trust’s strategic work to close the racial and ethnic wealth gap, to giving circles that unite likeminded donors for greater philanthropic power.

Affinity FundsAffinity funds are groups of donors united by a shared heritage, identity, or common interest. They offer an efficient way to support a specific group of people and the nonprofits that aid them by leveraging contributions through collective giving.
Giving to the TrustUnrestricted funding allows the Trust the flexibility to mobilize grant dollars that advance equity and provide relief to the region’s most pressing needs. Give to our unrestricted fund today and help us achieve our vision of a thriving, equitable and connected Chicago region where people of all races, places and identities have the opportunity to reach their potential.
Giving to Field of Interest FundsThe Trust houses and administers funds for a number of charitable and civic initiatives that address our region’s most pressing needs. Supporters of the these funds can make donations online.
Giving to Special FundsSupporters of special funds can make donations online.
Impact InvestingAt the Trust, we believe that impact investing, with its ability to generate social returns alongside investment gains, amplifies the transformative power of the philanthropic capital entrusted to our organization. We invest in impact — and through our Impact Investing Program, provide opportunities for donor advised fund holders to join us.
Unity FundSince 2008, the Trust’s Unity Fund pools contributions from many donors and makes distributions to area nonprofit organizations that provide human services to vulnerable and under-resourced families — offering greater access to critical health and human services.
We Rise Together: For An Equitable & Just RecoveryA coalition of corporate and philanthropic funders and communities working to accelerate equity in the region’s economic recovery so that we can all rise out of the COVID-19 pandemic stronger.

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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