How the Chicago Community Trust is Celebrating Its 99th Birthday

The very best foundations do a great job of listening. The worst do all the talking. So it's cool that the Chicago Community Trust is celebrating its 99th birthday by orchestrating what amounts to a really big listening session with its "On the Table" initiative on May 12th to engage small groups of all ages, socio-economic backgrounds, and walks of life.
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Why the “Story Week” Literary Festival is Winning So Many Grants

Latino causes have been gaining a lot of steam with Chicago funders these days, especially causes that bridge gaps in English literacy and student performance. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that a Latino-targeted literary festival would be collecting grant money from a variety of sources.
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Which Chicago Foundation Jumped on the Bloomingdale Trail Bandwagon?

We recently reported about the Chicago Community Trust's $1 million grant to help fund a new 2.7 mile recreational trail along an abandoned railroad track in Chicago. Well Fred Eychaner of the Alphawood Foundation recently offered to chip in another $2 million matching grant for it too.
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Behind Chicago Community Trust's $1 million Grant to Build the Bloomingdale Trail

Thanks to a recent $1 million grant from the Chicago Community Trust, work has finally begun on a 2.7 mile recreational trail along the elevated, unused rail line connecting four neighborhoods. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is chipping away at his promise to create 800 new parks in the next five years.
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Rehabilitation Institute Sees Funding Drop

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago is struggling to move forward with construction plans after falling $35 million short of its key fundraising milestone. Major foundations, like Chicago Community Trust, have historically accounted for over 75% of the funding for the city’s rehab specialty hospital.

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Chicago Community Trust Helps the City Get Back to Work

Although Chicago's unemployment rate is one of the highest in the nation, it's slowly getting better — and we have the Chicago Workforce Investment Council and Chicago Community Trust (CCT) to thank. CCT has been contributing $300,000 annually to the Chicago Workforce Investment Council to put towards community development and career training. The Council monitors over $350 million of public investments each year to train employees and coordinate job resources across the city to support the regional economy.

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Chicago Community Trusts Has Big Shoulders to Lean On

Thanks to Chicago Community Trust's annual $250,000 grants, the Big Shoulders Fund has been successful in educating the poorest and most disadvantaged inner-city areas of Chicago. Chicago Community Trust also helps the Big Shoulders Fund implement project-based professional growth development programs for nearly 800 teachers each year.

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Helping the Homeless of Humboldt Park

Homelessness and inadequate housing is a serious problem in Chicago, especially in the low-income Latino neighborhood of Humboldt Park. As you walk from one end of the park to the other, nearly every park bench is occupied by someone who calls it home. But thanks to the Chicago Community Trust Fellowship, social service agencies are getting more funding to combat the housing crisis in this struggling neighborhood.

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News for All: Chicago Community Trust Boosts Local Reporting

Flip on any local news station in Chicago and the focus will be on the Lincoln Park and the Gold Coast neighborhoods. Despite population increases in the city's low-income south and west side neighborhoods, traditional news outlets often fail to report on the issues important to residents of these communities. But this may soon change thanks to Chicago Community Trust's support of the city's Local Reporting Initiative.

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