2020 Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQ

What is On the Table and why should I participate?

On the Table is an annual forum designed to elevate civic conversation, foster new relationships and inspire collaborative action across the region.  By hosting a conversation, you’ll be part of an exciting, region-wide initiative to explore the ways in which we have the power to collaborate in order to make our communities stronger, safer and more dynamic.

Since 2014, On the Table has proven that Chicago-area residents share a desire to come together, collaborate more, become more civically involved and more committed to our community. While we know that there’s no “quick fix” to the issues facing our region, progress will result from residents and organizations working to make contributions that add up to a greater solution that helps unite the place we call home.

Our stories and lived experiences matter – and when we come together as a community to learn from and with each other, we have the power to impact both neighborhoods and lives. That’s what On the Table is all about.

What is the goal of On the Table?

Our goal is to bring together the residents of our region to discuss philanthropy – sharing our time, talent and treasure — and how we can work together to build and sustain our communities. We seek to create a movement that inspires each of us to do more with our ideas – to let them take us into communities, schools, nonprofit organizations, faith-based institutions and other places, for the greater good of our city. By agreeing to participate as a host or guest, you’re taking an important step to be part of this movement.

What is The Chicago Community Trust?

The Chicago Community Trust, our region’s community foundation, partners with donors to leverage their philanthropy in ways that transform lives and communities. The Trust connects the generosity of donors with community needs by making grants to nonprofit organizations working to improve metropolitan Chicago. Since our founding in 1915, the Trust has awarded approximately $2 billion in grant funding to more than 11,000 local nonprofit organizations – including more than $236 million in 2016.

Our region is home to people passionate about their neighborhoods. People committed to making a difference. People divided by a legacy of segregation, separated by lines of class and race and opportunity – but there is much more that unites us than divides us.  The Trust works to bridge these divisions and to champion the common good. We aim to be the most philanthropic region in the nation. By inviting everyone to join in conversation, and inspiring everyone to collective action, together we can create a place where no one is left behind. To learn more, please visit the Trust online at www.cct.org.

Where can I find more information?

You can click HERE to sign up for our mailing list to receive news and updates.  You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Additionally, you can send us an e-mail at onthetable@cct.org to have one of our outreach team members contact you with more information.