The Chicago Community Trust is a community foundation dedicated to improving our region through strategic grant making, civic engagement and inspiring philanthropy. We are here to serve the nonprofit organizations, the generous donors and the thoughtful residents who strive to make a difference, helping their bold vision create lasting community change. We work with a number of partnerships and initiatives to accomplish this work.

We are privileged to serve our community and invite those who connect with our mission, vision, and values to explore employment opportunities with the Trust. To learn more, please visit the Trust online at

The Chicago Community Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Affinity-Focused Funds Coordinator

  • Job Tracking ID: 512298-796627
  • Job Location: Chicago, IL
  • Level of Education: Any
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: November 15, 2021
  • Starting Date: ASAP
  • Application Deadline: Until filled

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Job Description:

Position Summary:

To enhance and deepen philanthropic giving by individuals within particular communities. Members, or sub-groups, of the Affinity-Focused Funds evaluate grant proposals and discuss ways in which they can support nonprofit organizations that serve their respective communities

The Affinity-Focused Funds seeks a Coordinator to perform administrative and management duties to support the Funds, their boards, and their projects and initiatives. The AFF Coordinator will also evaluate how to improve the efficiency of all Funds to increase their impact as powerful philanthropic and civic engagement vehicles inviting greater involvement from community leaders.

Position Focus:

The Chicago Community Trust created several Affinity-Focused Funds over the past decade:

  • African American Legacy (AAL) was created in 2003 to address challenges that face the African American Community. AAL’s board of advisors form the nucleus of the organization; they come together to evaluate grant proposals and discuss ways in which they can support nonprofit organizations that operate in the community.
  • LGBTQ Community and Endowment Funds were created in 2010 to educate the region about LGBTQ issues. The Funds promote and implement effective philanthropy to achieve strategic change.
  • Nuestro Futuro (NF) was founded in 2003 and as of January 2018 is the largest Latino-serving endowment in the country. NF’s goal is to provide opportunities to empower Latino families and communities to pool resources for greater impact in addressing problems of common concern, involve more Latinos in philanthropy, and support the organizations and programs that improve the quality of life of Latinos in metropolitan Chicago.
  • Young Leaders Fund (YLF) provides young professionals with an innovative way to make a difference. YLF empowers its donors to manage the grant-making process. Members research innovative grassroots organizations, conduct site visits, and evaluate grant requests. As a result, members become more effective volunteers and more knowledgeable civic leaders.
  • The Asian Giving Circle (AGC) was created in 2002 to build support for nonprofit organizations addressing the community’s challenges. That community is incredibly diverse, composed of more than 30 ethnic groups speaking hundreds of languages and dialects. Over the past 25 years, YLF has awarded more than $1 million in grants to more than 250 nonprofits serving neighborhoods across the city.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Conduct all administrative responsibilities for the Funds
  • Coordinate workflow of the Fund governing bodies/members
  • Manage all social media presence for each fund
  • Manage projects and events for the Funds
  • Plan and coordinate special meetings, retreats, programs, and events
  • Maintain a procedures manual to ensure consistent performance of routines
  • Manage Fund membership processes, including writing annual donation letters, tracking recommitment letters from Fund leaders, and coordinating matching gifts from corporations as needed
  • Assess efficiencies and streamlining possibilities for all of the Funds


  • Prepare and mail solicitation letters and collateral to potential new members and funders
  • Compose correspondences/reports
  • Manage all aspects of fundraising
  • Develop and send communication to board members/committee on behalf of leadership
  • Keep members informed on all relevant matters with the approval of chair
  • Maintain membership information
  • Administer the grant cycles for each Fund

Appointments/Meetings /Events Prep

  • Prepare agenda in advance
  • Arrange meeting facilities
  • Notify members, send reminders, coordinate attendance
  • Act as recording secretary; prepare action minutes
  • Distribute accurate and timely meeting minutes
  • Plan, coordinate, and staff meetings and events

This description should not be construed to contain every function or responsibility that may be required to be performed by an incumbent in this job. Incumbents are required to perform other related functions as assigned.


Experience and Skills:

Position Qualifications:

  • At least 4+ years administrative/project management experience in a corporate or nonprofit setting; bachelor’s degree preferred but not essential
  • Proficiency in project management
  • Detail-oriented with excellent analytical skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Access
  • Familiarity with Salesforce helpful, but preferred
  • Ability to write, speak, and interact clearly and professionally
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Strong multi-tasking and time-management skills
  • Willingness and ability to treat sensitive and personal information confidentially


Equal Opportunity Employer

The Trust is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The Trust does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply. If you are a qualified candidate with a disability, please e-mail us at if you require a reasonable accommodation to complete this application.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are fundamental to achieving our impact

The Chicago Community Trust’s vision is a Chicago region where equity, opportunity, and prosperity abound. We acknowledge the specific role discrimination and systemic barriers based on race, ethnicity, and other varied identities and differences have played in limiting opportunities for too many.  A commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is at the core of who we are, the decisions we make, and the actions we take in our work to strengthen the communities we serve and advance our strategic focus to close the racial and ethnic wealth gap. Click here to learn more about our strategic plan.


History of The Chicago Community Trust

The Chicago Community Trust was founded in 1915 by Norman and Albert Harris, father and son duo of the Harris Trust and Savings Bank (now BMO Harris Bank). The Trust was the fourth community foundation ever created. There are now 750 community foundations in Canada and the U.S.

As our region’s community foundation, the Trust unites generous donors, committed nonprofits, and caring residents to effect lasting change that moves our entire region forward. Our approach centers on tackling the region’s immediate needs and addressing the root causes of deep-seated issues to realize a more prosperous future for all who call metropolitan Chicago home.

For more than 100 years, donors have entrusted their philanthropic resources and visions to our stewardship. Guided by our deep knowledge of the community, we fund, lead, convene and collaborate to address the greatest and most critical needs facing the Chicago region. From the $22 million raised to help with unemployment relief in the Great Depression to spearheading an effort to help people keep their homes during the foreclosure crisis of the Great Recession to $35 million raised for the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund, which supported nonprofits serving our most vulnerable neighbors, Chicagoans have put their trust in us.

In 2019, we announced we would focus our discretionary spending over the next decade on working to close Chicago’s growing racial and ethnic wealth gap. The Trust envisions a Chicago region that’s stronger and more prosperous because everyone—regardless of race, ethnicity, or zip code—has equitable access to the opportunities and resources they need to succeed and live a fulfilling life.

With assets of more than $3.7 billion, the Trust, in partnership with its donors, distributes more than $600 million in grants each year. The Trust Team seeks to match the passion and commitment of donors, grant recipients, residents, and community leaders that continue to work tirelessly to make the Chicago region one where all have the opportunity to realize their dreams.