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Chicago Community Trust

Chicago, Illinois
www.cct.org

Chicago Community Trust was awarded $6,025,500 between 1980 and 2017, including 18 grants in Policy Research, Journalism & Media, Impact Investments, Chicago Commitment, Community & Economic Development, and Juvenile Justice.

$2,600,000

2017 • 1 year • Chicago Commitment

Founded in 1915, the Chicago Community Trust and Affiliates (Trust) was established by local business leaders to support the residents of Chicago with grants to arts, social service, education, and community organizations. Through a variety of funding mechanisms, the Trust manages donor-advised funds. The Trust also supports the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities, a coalition of funders committed to reducing gun violence in Chicago by coordinating their grant making to achieve greater impact. This award supports two such collaborative efforts aimed at reducing gun violence, implemented by Metropolitan Family Services and Heartland Alliance.

$125,000

2017 • 1 year • Chicago Commitment

Founded in 1915, the Chicago Community Trust and Affiliates (Trust) was established by local business leaders to support the residents of Chicago with grants to arts, social service, education, and community organizations. A program of the Trust, ADA25 Advancing Leadership (ADA25) is designed to fully engage individuals with disabilities in civic life by encouraging service in elected and appointed positions, on boards, and in other roles that advance equal opportunity. With this award, ADA25 pilots two new initiatives. First, it offers training in board service and matches emerging leaders with disabilities to organizations where they can serve. Second, it commissions a review of the hundreds of public sector positions in the greater Chicago metropolitan area, such that ADA25 can design programs to ensure its members are eligible to serve in these roles.

$1,350,000

2016 • 3 years • Impact Investments

The Chicago Community Trust, a community foundation dedicated to improving the Chicago region through strategic grant making, civic engagement and inspiring philanthropy, has agreed to retain key personnel to oversee the coordinating work for Benefit Chicago, a collaboration of the Trust, MacArthur and the Calvert Foundation. Benefit Chicago has the goal of mobilizing $100 million for place-based investing in those nonprofits, intermediaries and social enterprises dedicated to addressing critical problems throughout the region. Benefit Chicago as a collaborative tests a replicable model for a place-based approach that presents an innovative, simple and customizable mechanism for retail and institutional investors to help support high-impact investments, and furthers the Foundation’s deep and enduring commitment to strengthen its home city of Chicago.

$136,000

2014 • 1 year • Community & Economic Development

Founded in 1915, the Chicago Community Trust and Affiliates (Trust) was established by local business leaders to support the residents of Chicago with grants to arts, social service, education, and community organizations. In an effort to spur the vitality of neighborhood business corridors in economically-depressed areas of Chicago, the Trust will use this grant for business planning to establish Chicago TREND (Transforming Retail Economics for Neighborhood Development), a city-level intermediary that will house a range of technical and financial tools to support neighborhood commercial corridor development.

$300,000

2014 • 1 year • Community & Economic Development

To develop a neighborhood business corridor revitalization project in Chicago.

$40,000

2013 • 3 months • Policy Research

The Chicago Community Trust, the region’s community foundation, connects donor contributions with community needs by making grants to organizations focused on improving metropolitan Chicago. This grant funds a pilot demonstration, focused on education spending, of an analytical framework that has been developed to understand how programs perform as part of the Budgeting for Results project in Illinois. The Trust will work with Mission Measurement, a strategic consulting firm, to build a model to help the State of Illinois measure the performance of education-sector programs. The project is expected to contribute to the legislatively-mandated effort to improve budgeting processes in Illinois.

$150,000

2011 • 1 year, 10 months • Journalism & Media

The Chicago Community Trust is the Chicago region’s community foundation. It supports efforts that improve the quality of life and the prosperity of the people of the Chicago region. This grant will support the Community News Matters initiative, a grantmaking program to expand the gathering and dissemination of local news and community information in the Chicago by identifying and supporting the best entrepreneurial, community-oriented, online, niche news and information projects. In addition, the grant will help support work to develop new ways to distribute and advertise this reporting and to help these innovative local news projects achieve self-sustainability.

$100,000

2011 • 1 year

The World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, one of the most important events in the field of peacemaking, is held each year in a different location around the world. Chicago -- the first U.S. city ever chosen -- has been selected to host the 2012 World Summit, which will bring together hundreds of delegates, students, organizations, and media representatives, highlight the role of leadership in peacemaking, and connect past laureates with their natural constituencies. The Chicago Community Trust is fiscal agent for local funding for the 2012 Summit, and this grant is part of the local contribution to the Summit’s cost.

$100,000

2010 • 1 year • Journalism & Media

To support the Community News Matters initiative, a grantmaking program to expand the gathering and dissemination of local news and community information in the Chicago region.

$500,000

2010 • 1 year • Community & Economic Development

In support of the Unity Challenge 2010.

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