The Chicago Tribune is proud of its long-standing tradition of helping those in need across Chicago and the suburbs. Deepening the commitment, the Tribune partnered with The Chicago Community Trust in 2017 and established Chicago Tribune Charities, a Fund of The Chicago Community Foundation.

During the holiday season, the Chicago Tribune asks its readers for donations to support Chicago Tribune Charities – CCF. From the generous support of donors and matching funds, grants are distributed to high quality nonprofit programs or charitable events in the city and suburbs. The matching grant from the Ferro Foundation in November 2017 through January 2018 contributes a 50% match.

The giving areas of focus for Chicago Tribune Charities are:

  • Child Abuse Prevention & Treatment
  • Child & Youth Education
  • Literacy
  • Workforce Development

It is very rewarding to see how people can change their lives for the better when they receive these educational or family support services. Together, we are building a stronger Chicagoland. Chicago Tribune Charities is a donor advised fund of The Chicago Community Foundation, a corporate affiliate of The Chicago Community Trust.

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We thank our donors for their generosity in helping people throughout our community have opportunities to improve their lives.

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The funds are distributed to qualified nonprofit organizations that serve low-income populations and focus on these four areas:

  1. Youth education: Focuses on two age groups for in-school and after-school programs. Reading is funded to support children’s literacy programs for K-3rd grades. High school programs encourage youth to complete high school and provide opportunities to participate in college programs.
  2. Workforce development: Training to develop job skills and offer job placement services for adults and youth.
  3. Adult Literacy: Literacy training for beginning literacy through eighth grade English for Adults. Includes GED support, English as a Second Language and English to bridge to job training programs.
  4. Family Strengthening: Positive parenting and child trauma treatment for children and families impacted by violence.