Unity Fund

Whatever you give helps where you live. Support the Chicago region through the Unity Fund.

Building strong communities begins when we lend a hand to our neighbors in their time of need. Donating to Unity Fund provides essential lifelines in the community: shelter, food, clothing, health services and job training. Your support makes good things happen.

Since 2009, generous donors like you have helped Unity Fund award nearly $14 million to benefit 200 nonprofits providing critical services in our community.

Brandies Meva'a with her son and infant daughterBrandies Meva’a’s unemployment was running out when she heard a morning news story about i.c.stars, a technology skills program for people who have struggled to find careers due to their socioeconomic background. Through their support, Brandies is now the entrepreneur, business owner and outstanding community leader she was always meant to be. Hear her story

By donating to Unity Fund, your support goes directly to restoring stability for people in crisis by helping them access services instrumental to their self-sufficiency. Join other generous donors and The Chicago Community Trust to make our region—our home—a better place to live for everyone.

See how your donation makes a difference

In 2017, Unity Fund donors generated $568,000 in contributions that supported critical human services. 34 nonprofit organizations received funding for services and programs to help people meet their most basic needs. (click to enlarge)

Pie chart showing the areas of Unity Fund grant making. Clothing grants: $25,000. Food security grants: $80,000. Health and wellness grants: $175,000. Housing grants: $50,000. Human services grants: $120,000. Workforce development grants: $118,000.


Give now. It’s fast and easy.

To give online:
Make a credit card donation here

To give from your donor advised fund, or to make a charitable gift of stock:
Contact Adriana Viteri, manager of development and donor services, at aviteri@cct.org or 312.616.8000 ext. 149.

To give by mail:
Send your check, payable to The Chicago Community Trust, with “Unity Fund 2018” in the memo line, to:
The Chicago Community Trust
Unity Fund 2016
225 North Michigan Ave. Suite 2200
Chicago, IL 60601

Unity Fund. Because there’s no place like home.

A young girl smiles while her mother and brother play a game around the dinner table
In 2015, Unity Fund helped 600 adults and children transition out of homelessness and into stable, often permanent housing through organizations like New Moms, which provides housing to young mothers and their children on the brink of homelessness.

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