The Chicago Community Trust is a community foundation dedicated to improving our region through strategic grant making, civic engagement and inspiring philanthropy. We are here to serve the nonprofit organizations, the generous donors and the thoughtful residents who strive to make a difference, helping their bold vision create lasting community change. We work with a number of partnerships and initiatives to accomplish this work.
As businesses, local governments, and organizations strive to solve pressing challenges, the Trust brings these key actors together. Working together, we leverage collective knowledge, creativity and resources for a greater impact than any of us can make alone.
The mission of The Chicago Community Trust is to lead and inspire philanthropic efforts that measurably improve the quality of life and the prosperity of our region.
To put that mission into action, our strategic plan defines three ideals for the work ahead: inspiring philanthropy, engaging residents and leading change on the biggest issues facing our region.Explore the Plan
We reach smarter solutions when everyone's voice is heard.
The Trust is a dedicated team of individuals who strive to make good happen every day. We are honored, challenged and inspired by the daily opportunities to help make change in our communities. We look forward to connecting with you.Meet Our Staff
The Trust is guided by a diverse, dedicated Executive Committee of our region’s most committed civic leaders. This governing body is responsible for providing the strategic vision that guides our leadership role within the community.
Five financial institutions manage a large portion of the Trust’s assets. The Trustees Committee appoints up to five members of the Executive Committee, approves other appointments and advises on the development of the Trust.