Other Funds

The Trust houses and administers funds for a number of charitable and civic initiatives that address our region’s most pressing needs.


Field of Interest Funds

Supporters of the following interest funds can make donations online. Learn more below.

American/Illinois Business Immigration Coalition FundTo provide a strong and effective voice for businesses in the national immigration conversation and to urge elected officials to vote for our economy and our communities by supporting comprehensive, sensible immigration reform.
Basic Human Needs FundsEstablished at the Trust in 1984, this fund provides grant support to organizations responding to emergency housing, food, clothing and health care needs of our community’s most disadvantaged residents. 
Concern for the Aging FundEstablished in 1978, the fund is devoted to the care and support of the elderly and the improvement of opportunities for older persons in the Chicago metropolitan area.
Cultural Arts FundEstablished in 1976, this fund is devoted to the maintenance, support, and promulgation of the cultural arts in the Chicago metropolitan area, including, but not limited to: art, music, dance, drama, poetry, and literature.
Education for Our Children FundMakes grants to organizations throughout the Chicago metropolitan area that provide educational benefits to youth.
Fund for Equitable Business GrowthWorks to create a marketplace of services for entrepreneurs of color in the Chicago region to close the racial and ethnic wealth gap and build a more just, equitable, and resilient society.
Fund for Safe + Peaceful CommunitiesLaunched in 2016 to proactively prepare for the potential of a spike in violence in Chicago during summer months, and to support activities that build community cohesion and promote safety and peace.
Our Great Rivers FundThe city’s first-ever vision for its complex river system, made up of 150 miles of land along the Chicago, Des Plaines and Calumet rivers and tributaries. The Fund supports sustainable development projects to make this bold vision a reality.
Sustainability FundEstablished in 1990 to support efforts to improve and/or preserve the quality of the natural environment in the greater Chicago metropolitan area.
Urbs in Horto FundEstablished in 1989, the fund supports nonprofit charitable organizations and local government agencies that replace and add trees on or near streets and boulevards; enhance the boulevards, parks, gardens, and natural open spaces; and educate the general public about the history and benefits of such features in Chicago.
Youth FundEstablished in 1975, this fund supports charitable organizations that serve children and youth in the Chicago metropolitan area.

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.

Special Funds

Supporters of the following special funds can make donations online. Learn more below.

Bill Hornell Memorial FundTo continue Bill Hornell’s legacy of charitable giving with a focus on healthcare and education organizations.
Billie S. Booth and Beverly A. Strellner Memorial FundTo celebrate the memories of two courageous sisters who lost their battles with cancer, Billie in 2006 and Bev in 2020. 
Charlie Sullivan Scholarship FundTo honor the memory of Charlie Sullivan.
Erika Lyn Huie Downs FundTo honor the memory of Erika Lyn Huie Downs by continuing her legacy of giving and work to fulfill her charitable goals.
Gabriel’s Light FundTo support their mission to prevent youth suicide through education, cyber safety, and kindness campaigns. 
Jessica Bryar Legacy FundTo honor the memory of Jessica Bryar, the fund supports services for children and families affected by the juvenile justice system, as well as Leukemia research and cure efforts.
Jill Landau Triple Negative Breast Cancer FundTo support City of Hope, an NCI-designed comprehensive Cancer Center that focuses on treatment and research with more than 200 care providers and scientists working to develop innovative, disease-fighting strategies in the battle against cancer.
Josh Strutz Hockey is Life FundTo honor the memory of Josh Strutz and support hockey organizations and individual players who share his same love and passion for the game.
The Maddie FundTo support organizations and programs that help teens, young adults, and their families with issues related to anxiety, depression, and other forms of mental illness.
Metropolitan Club FundA membership club in Chicago that fosters business and social networking opportunities for Chicago professionals. 
NSBAR Cares FundEstablished to help illuminate the ongoing philanthropic efforts of the North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS® Membership.
The Pencil Project FundTo honor Leo Burnett and support students attending Chicago State University and Fort Hays State University who are pursuing a career in Advertising.
The Tammi Georgi FundTo celebrate and honor the life of Tammi Georgi and continue her legacy by identifying organizations that embody the values and principles that Tammi lived by.

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