Partnerships and Initiatives

Through the years, the Trust has created many types of initiatives to help our region—and its foundations, businesses, civic leaders, and individuals like you—most effectively engage with the issues they care about. Through special task forces like these, we tackle issues of concern from innovative angles, or harness the power of civic collaboration for greater impact. Learn more about our partnerships and initiatives here.

Partnership Opportunities for Impact

Imagine a river system in Chicago where communities, habitats and industries prosper together. This is the promise of the city’s first-ever vision for its complex river system, made up of 150 miles of land along the Chicago, Des Plaines and Calumet rivers and tributaries. Now, through the Our Great Rivers Fund, the Trust will use that vision to fulfill our commitment to sustainable communities. We invite you to join us.

Signature Initiatives

As we invest the resources of generations of donors into serving our community, we engineer creative approaches to amplify the impact of our grant making.

Geographic Affiliates

Our connection with the region’s diverse communities beyond Chicago has inspired the creation of partner foundations—deeply rooted, authentically informed forces of strategic leadership for addressing local challenges.

Identity-focused Funds

Honoring the rich traditions of caring and mutual support within many communities, the Trust’s giving groups invite individuals and families to join together in philanthropy inspired by a shared heritage or a common cause.

Project Partnerships

In a rich ecosystem of nonprofits, businesses and civic institutions, the Trust builds partnerships that can kickstart creative solutions or accelerate progress toward addressing the most complex challenges.