Last year, The Chicago Community Trust asked the Young Leaders Fund (YLF), one of the Trust’s affinity funds, to identify and support 10…
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.Support the Fund
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.
When deciding to take its philanthropy in a new direction last year, the Glasser Rosenthal Family Foundation (GRFF), a supporting organization at The…
25 Years Young: Young Leaders Fund Chair and Founding Charter Members Reflect on Past, Present and Future
“A group of young adults wanted to invest in our greater community and work with peers to achieve this goal,” said Virginia F.…
Donate + Stay Connected
Membership in Young Leaders Fund repays your donation with a deep knowledge of community improvement.Make a Gift
Explore Affinity Funds
Affinity 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.