A Century of Contribution

Annual Report

Dear friends,

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.

Sincerely yours,

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
A group of students walking past a brightly colored mural

Expanding Horizons for Chicago's Young Leaders

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
A staff member from TASC visits with an inmate

Seizing a Health Care Opportunity: County Jail

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
A group of people talking in the lobby of the Goodman Theatre

Creating a Local Culture of Inclusion

Sustainable Development

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
Three farmers harvest greens inside a covered tunnel

Mapping the Next Agricultural Revolution

partners in philanthropy

Contributors to Funds at the Trust

We are profoundly grateful to all the generous individuals, families, organizations, businesses and foundations who have provided for the future of the Chicago region.

View our donor list
Members of Chicago Women in Philanthropy join in conversation around a breakfast table as part of On the Table 2015

Inspiring Philanthropy, One Donor at a Time

Financial Highlights

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.

Bar charts showing the Trust's consolidated assets and grant commitments, FY2011 to FY2015

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Members of the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation's Next Gen Leaders in Philanthropy at on On the Table conversation

The Power of a Good Conversation: On the Table 2015

A Century of Generosity

1915 – 2015

Three people tie strips of fabric to a tree sculpture in Union Station's Great Hall

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 passion—in order to inspire others to also make a difference.


From everyday acts of kindness, to major gifts that provide opportunity to thousands—the 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.


“We are builders. We are dreamers. We believe in the long view over the quick fix. We are family. We are optimists at work. We are Chicago.”