The Chicago Community Trust

For more than 92 years, The Chicago Community Trust has worked hand in hand with thousands of local residents who see how good Chicago can be and who want to be part of a promising future.

It is dedicated to the Chicago region and to endowing its future. Together with its donors, the Trust continues to address the region's pressing challenges and most promising opportunities.

The mission of the Trust is to lead and inspire philanthropic efforts that measurably improve the quality of life and the prosperity of Chicago.

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Recent News from Chicago Community Trust

How Gov. Pritzker, sister Penny — billionaires both — jump-started Illinois COVID-19 relief fund
Foundation: Caterpillar Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Chicago Community Trust

The luxury days of time-consuming grant-making applications and review are over. Last Tuesday, the Chicago fund announced $3.5 million in grants...more

How Gov. Pritzker, sister Penny — billionaires both — jump-started Illinois COVID-19 relief fund
Foundation: Caterpillar Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Chicago Community Trust

In the war against COVID-19, the Pritzkers are working the philanthropy precincts — and opening their own wallets — to address the...more

Fund to grant $1M to summer programs
Foundation: Chicago Community Trust

The coalition's Chicago Fund will give out $1 million in rapid-response grants that will range from $1,000 to $10,000 "to support programs and...more

Collective Impact Takes Center Stage at Engage Lake County
Foundation: Lake County Community Foundation, Chicago Community Trust

Hosted by The Lake County Community Foundation (LCCF), in partnership with University Center of Lake County, College of Lake County,...more

Are Community Foundations Living Up to Their Promise? A Conversation with Terry Mazany
Foundation: Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Chicago Community Trust, Cleveland Foundation, Hawaii Community Foundation

Editors' note: In this conversation with Terry Mazany, senior vice president for philanthropy of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, we...more

Calling All Movement Makers: This Global Women's NGO Needs You!
Foundation: Caterpillar Foundation, Chicago Community Trust

In its “Become a Movement Maker” campaign, WGEP is appealing to all sectors of the philanthropy community, particularly women donors and...more

On the Table Greater Akron brings diverse groups together
Foundation: Akron Community Foundation, Knight Foundation, Chicago Community Trust

Akron Community Foundation leaders determined the issues after they reviewed the data in the 2017 and 2018 On the Table surveys and...more

Entrepreneurs of Color Fund grows to $9.1 million, will create jobs on South, West sides
Foundation: Chicago Community Trust

... areas in the focus of philanthropic institutions like the Chicago Community Trust and campaign promises of Chicago's new mayor, Lori Lightfoot. ... need,” said Charlie Corrigan, head of Midwest...more

Foundations step up on gun violence
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation, McCormick Foundation, Chicago Community Trust

Philanthropy is equipped to support experimental programs, says .... business and philanthropic efforts to address immediate and root causes of...more

Help Us Raise $50K by 12/1 to Win a $50K Chicago Community Trust Challenge Grant
Foundation: Chicago Community Trust

Great news! Once again loyal Streetsblog Chicago backer The Chicago Community Trust, the community foundation for the region, is doubling...more

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