Grantee Profile

Chicago Community Foundation

Grants to Chicago Community Foundation

  • $2,000,000

    2017 (Duration 3 years)

    Digital Media & Learning

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Community Trust (the Trust) is the third largest community foundation in the country. Created to ensure that Chicago area citizens have a means for providing long-term support for their community, the Trust pools donations in collaborative or donor funds that reside within the Chicago Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Trust. This award provides continued support for the Chicago Hive Fund for Connected Learning (the Fund)— a donor-advised fund that was established at the Trust with MacArthur support in 2013—to promote the transformation of Chicago’s learning landscape by advancing the implementation of Connected Learning. This final award enables the Fund to build upon the learning of the past four years, to capitalize on the changing environment, and to promote a connected learning agenda so that all young Chicagoans, particularly those from low-income families in underserved communities, have equitable access to high-quality learning and workforce development opportunities.

  • $15,000

    2017 (Duration 5 months)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Founded in 1915, the Chicago Community Trust and Affiliates was established by local business leaders to support the residents of Chicago with grants to arts, social service, education, and community organizations. The Chicago Community Foundation, which is the corporate entity of the Trust, manages donor-advised funds. The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities (the Fund) is a donor-advised fund established by a number of local donors in August 2016. The Fund responds to members of 19 Chicago communities who seek to help keep the city safe in the summer, especially on weekends, when violence tends to spike. The Fund offers awards between $1,000 and $10,000 in support of efforts to promote community cohesion and safety to communities, such as neighborhood, group, or youth-focused activities; recreational events; festivals; performances; block parties; and picnics, including activities that help build bridges between local residents and law enforcement.  The hope is that such activities help create the conditions for greater public safety. This award enables six youth media organizations to document activities of the Fund.

  • $15,000

    2017 (Duration 8 months)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Founded in 1915, the Chicago Community Trust and Affiliates was established by local business leaders to support the residents of Chicago with grants to arts, social service, education, and community organizations.  The Chicago Community Foundation, which is the corporate entity of the Trust, manages donor advised funds, including the Illinois Immigrant Funders Collaborative (IFC).  Established in 2012, IFC suports local immigrant outreach and legal aid providers, distributing over $2.9 million in its first four years.  It also offers briefings to local donors and immigrant-serving organizations on timely issues, research findings, and changes in law.  With this award, IFC convenes two strategy sessions for current and potential donors.  The sessions educate local philanthropies on changes to federal immigration law and policy announced in early 2017.  The strategy sessions also encourage local donors to contribute to an actively participate in the fund.

  • $100,000

    2017 (Duration 1 year)

    Chicago Commitment

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Founded in 1915, the Chicago Community Trust and Affiliates was established by local business leaders to support the residents of Chicago with grants to arts, social service, education, and community organizations. The Chicago Community Foundation, which is the corporate entity of the Trust, manages donor-advised funds. The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities (the Fund) is a donor-advised fund established by a number of local donors in August 2016. The Fund responds to members of 19 Chicago communities who seek to help keep the city safe in the summer, especially on weekends, when violence tends to spike. The Fund offers awards between $1,000 and $10,000 in support of efforts to promote community cohesion and safety to communities, such as neighborhood, group, or youth-focused activities; recreational events; festivals; performances; block parties; and picnics, including activities that help build bridges between local residents and law enforcement.  The hope is that such activities help create the conditions for greater public safety.  

  • $50,000

    2016 (Duration 1 year)

    Chicago Commitment

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Founded in 1915, the Chicago Community Trust and Affiliates was established by local business leaders to support the residents of Chicago with grants to arts, social service, education, and community organizations. The Chicago Community Foundation, which is the corporate entity of the Trust, manages donor-advised funds, including the Nonprofit Impact Awareness Fund (“the Fund”). The Fund responds to the devastating effects of the Illinois state budget impasse on the nonprofit organizations that provide human and social services to the residents of Illinois. These organizations form the backbone of state-supported systems, and themselves employ more than a half million workers in Illinois. Through coordinated communications strategies, the Fund educates state policy makers on the critical need for the state to resume funding to social services in order to preserve the overall social and economic health of the state and its citizens.

  • $100,000

    2016 (Inactive Grant)

    Chicago Commitment

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Founded in 1915, the Chicago Community Trust and Affiliates was established by local business leaders to support the residents of Chicago with grants to arts, social service, education, and community organizations. The Chicago Community Foundation, which is the corporate entity of the Trust, manages donor-advised funds. The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities is a donor-advised fund established by a number of local donors in August 2016. The Fund responds to members of Chicago communities who seek to keep the city safe in the late summer, especially on weekends, when violence tends to spike. The Fund offers awards between $1,000 and $10,000 in support of efforts to bring cohesion and safety to communities, such as neighborhood, group or youth-focused activities; recreational events; festivals; performances; block parties; and picnics. The goal is to promote peaceful citizen interaction at a particularly stressful time of year. Donors to the Fund will assess its contribution to their complementary, ongoing community safety programs.

  • $75,000

    2016 (Inactive Grant)

    Chicago Commitment

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Community Trust (the Trust) is the third largest community foundation in the country. Created to ensure that Chicago area citizens have a means for providing long-term support to their community, the Trust pools donations in collaborative or donor funds that reside within the Chicago Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Trust. This award provides continued support for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Fund, which was established by the MLK Living Memorial Planning Committee. The award enables the Committee to complete the first public memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Chicago and to launch a series of events and projects that commemorate the 50th anniversary of his historic march into Marquette Park.

  • $300,000

    2016 (Inactive Grant)

    Migration

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS —

    Founded in 1915, the Chicago Community Trust and Affiliates was established by local business leaders to support the residents of Chicago with grants to arts, social service, education, and community organizations. The Chicago Community Foundation, which is the corporate entity of the Trust, manages pooled donor funds. In 2012, local philanthropies created the Illinois Immigrant Funders Collaborative (IFC) to support implementation of a federal program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which offers lawful status to undocumented immigrant youth. The recommended award contributes to the fund, enhancing capacity for legal services for immigrants in Illinois who are eligible for DACA and for a proposed expansion of the program for undocumented parents of American children, called DAPA. Opponents challenged the expanded program; the case is now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court with a decision expected by late June 2016. With IFC funding, immigrant service organizations educate the community about the federal programs, screen individuals for eligibility, and assist undocumented immigrants in applying for lawful status. Given the state budget impasse in Illinois, and the resulting cuts in public funding for immigrant service providers, IFC funds are critical to maintain an immigrant legal aid infrastructure in the state, and to prepare for the Supreme Court’s decision on the programs’ future implementation.

  • $2,000,000

    2016 (Inactive Grant)

    Digital Media & Learning

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Community Trust (the Trust) is the third largest community foundation in the country. Created to ensure that Chicago area citizens have a means for providing long-term support for their community, the Trust pools donations in collaborative or donor funds that reside within the Chicago Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Trust. This grant provides continued support for a donor-advised fund—the Chicago Hive Fund for Connected Learning—which was established with MacArthur support in 2013. It is designed to promote the transformation of Chicago’s learning landscape by advancing the implementation of Connected Learning. This grant enables the Chicago Hive Fund for Connected Learning to develop a civic partnership that promotes the adoption of Connected Learning principles and strategies to transform learning in Chicago; and to serve as the primary anchor organization for LRNG - the learning platform of Collective Shift - in Chicago.

  • $300,000

    2015 (Inactive Grant)

    Migration

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Community Trust and Affiliates, including the Chicago Community Foundation, supports the residents of Chicago with grants to arts, social service, education, and community organizations. The Illinois Immigration Funders Collaborative (the Collaborative) is a donorradvised fund of the Chicago Community Foundation. The Collaborative supports immigrant service providers in Illinois in implementing federal programs that offer temporary lawful presence and permission to work to unauthorized immigrants. The Collaborative's grantees educate immigrant communities about the federal programs, screen applicants for eligibility, and assist in filing applications. The Collaborative expands capacity for immigrant services in Illinois, while simultaneously laying the foundation for successful implementation of any future legalization program for the unauthorized population.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Chicago Community Foundation $4,955,000 between 1978 and 2017.

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