In our first century, The Chicago Community Trust has built on the gifts of those who came before us, and has served as faithful stewards to the proposition that one person can make a difference, and that together we can make an even bigger difference. That idea—that what you do matters—is still at the core of who we are and drives our commitment to inspire philanthropy.
We hope you enjoy these inspirational stories of people making a difference in our community. And we thank you for authoring your own stories of generosity, caring and compassion that affirm our belief that what you do matters.
Frank M. Clark, 2015 Chair of the Executive Committee
Terry Mazany, President and Chief Executive Officer
We invite you to download our complete 2015 Annual Report, or explore the year’s stories and updates below.
Education & Economic Development
The Chicago Community Trust seeks to secure metropolitan Chicago’s economic future by improving the quality of education for all students; developing, attracting and retaining a globally competitive workforce; and collaborating with the public and private sectors to develop and implement an economic plan that strengthens the Chicago region as a global economic center.View the Education & Economic Development grants in 2015
Health, Housing & Human Services
To tackle poverty in metropolitan Chicago, The Chicago Community Trust seeks to create a healthy and safe region by ensuring access to affordable housing; reinforcing the safety nets for people facing homelessness, hunger and health challenges; and finding long-term strategies to improve community health and public safety, including reforms to the criminal justice system.View the Health, Housing & Human Services grants in 2015
Civic & Cultural Vitality
To maintain Chicago’s status as a leading global city—which in turn reinforces economic development—The Chicago Community Trust is investing in the strength of its arts and nonprofit sectors, seeking to improve the relationships among its increasingly diverse population and encouraging good government practices.View the Civic & Cultural Vitality grants in 2015
In a time of environmental challenges and increasing global competition for resources, The Chicago Community Trust invests in sustainable development strategies, including living in balance with the natural environment, reducing energy use, developing clean energy resources, promoting water conservation and adapting to climate change.View the Sustainable Development grants in 2015
As we reflect on the year, the Trust fondly remembers our friends and allies who have recently passed away.
“Those of us whose lives were touched by Charles are a little lonelier knowing he is gone. What an enthusiast he was for things that mattered to democracy and humanity.”
Dr. Henry Betts
“This wasn’t just about walking, it was about helping people make the bridge from a sudden-onset catastrophic experience and find a way to live with it, without shame.”
“Always hardworking, fair and open minded. He understood the complexity and tradeoffs in business, civic life and higher education.”
Elizabeth L. Hollander
The Chicago Community Trust’s mission to improve the quality of life and prosperity of our region is achieved through the generosity of our donors. As of September 30, 2015, the Trust’s consolidated assets totaled nearly $2.3 billion. In addition, during the fiscal year, the Trust received new gifts totaling $260.4 million and made combined grant commitments totaling $208.4 million.
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A Century of Generosity
1915 – 2015
Chicago’s rich tradition of generosity defines the spirit of our Centennial.
For our 100th anniversary, we endeavored to spark a movement with the goal of Chicagoland becoming the most philanthropic region in the country. From May 2015 to May 2016, our 100th year celebrated your work and your passionin order to inspire others to also make a difference.
STORIES OF PHILANTHROPY
From everyday acts of kindness, to major gifts that provide opportunity to thousandsthe Trust listened, shared and amplified your stories of generosity. Dive into our story collection
We also partnered with Chicago Independent Radio Project (CHIRP), Free Spirit Media, Kurtis Productions, StoryCorps, Vocalo, The Moth and others to collect and promote these stories from residents across the region.
The Trust supported a wide range of substantive, thought-provoking events and programs throughout the year.
We partnered with Chicago Public Library’s “One Book, One Chicago” program, Chicago Ideas Week and the Chicago Humanities Festival to continue the conversation on citizenship, civic engagement and our region’s future.
Our Centennial was a time to not only celebrate and acknowledge our achievements as a community, but also inspire Chicagoland to become the most philanthropic region in the nation. To chart that course, the Trust commissioned a first-of-its-kind Giving in Chicago study with the help of Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
In our Centennial year and beyond, the Trust is committed to sparking the next generation of philanthropists. That is why we partnered with Chicago Cares to encourage community members to volunteer for group service projects, and with Free the Children to encourage, engage and empower young people to become active philanthropic citizens, today and for the future.