What We Offer

Philanthropy is more than large donations.

Philanthropy is a unique, determined spirit found inside the dedicated volunteer, the devoted mentor or the compassionate person who looks in on an elderly neighbor. It is inside each of us.

Join us in helping make the Chicago region the most philanthropic in the nation—whether by applying for a grant, starting a donor relationship, or participating in any number of events throughout the year.

We invite you to learn more about all the ways you can get involved.

And to stay in touch, sign up for our email newsletters. We send updates designed just for donors, for professional advisors or for anyone in the community who wants to know that latest about change in the making.

Apply for a grant

Find grant opportunities to support your work

We can help you find the right funding opportunity, find forms and instructions, browse recent grant recipients or talk to someone who can answer your questions.

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Lifeblood for Nonprofits: Why Donors Should Choose General Operating Support

Participate in an event

Explore new ideas and themes through our programing

Join us in participating in a wide range of substantive, thought-provoking events and programs the Trust supports throughout the year.

On the Table is an annual forum designed to take people places: to offices, schools, libraries, restaurants and other spaces where they meet others, share ideas and explore ways to improve our region. The results are exciting new relationships, elevated civic conversations and genuine pathways toward collaborative action—outcomes that make our communities more connected, resilient and resourceful. Learn more about On the Table.

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At Winter Coat Giveaways, Families Discover their Local Library