Young Leaders Fund

Providing young professionals with an innovative way to make a difference.

  • $1 Million+

    Dollars Granted

  • 250+

    Organizations Impacted

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About the Fund

Young Leaders Fund (YLF) empowers its donors to manage the grant making process. With support from the Trust, they research innovative grassroots organizations, conduct site visits, interview staff and evaluate grant requests. As a result, members become more effective volunteers and more knowledgeable civic leaders.


Our Grant Making

Young Leaders Fund focuses its grants on small, start-up nonprofits serving communities in Chicago in Arts & Culture, Child Development & Education, and Community & Economic Development.

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Building New Leadership in Philanthropy

Over the past 25 years, YLF has awarded more than $1 million in grants to more than 250 nonprofits serving neighborhoods across the city. From band classes for students in East Garfield Park, to launching a women’s culinary workforce development program at the Cook County Correctional Center to upgrading computers for an after-school program in West Woodlawn, YLF has paved the way for small nonprofits and the next generation of philanthropists.


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