Generous support from members, foundations, and Chicago’s top civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders makes it possible for the Council to convene leading global voices, conduct independent research, and engage the public to explore ideas that will shape our global future. The Council is committed to bringing clarity and offering solutions to issues that transcend borders and transform how people, business, and governments engage the world. To learn more about the impact we had in 2015-16, check out this year-in-review digital interactive

As an independent, nonpartisan, 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs ensures its financial viability through a variety of funding sources, including:

Annual Fund Contributions 

Gifts to the Annual Fund are another way to support the Council’s activities and are fully tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. The Chicago Council depends on generous Annual Fund contributions to support its public education mission. Donate now.

Membership Contributions

While most Council programs are open to the public, becoming a member of the Chicago Council offers a variety of benefits and provides important financial support to the organization. Your membership contribution is fully tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Learn more.

Leadership Circles

Individuals who demonstrate their commitment to the Chicago Council and its mission with annual membership contributions of $1,000 or more enjoy exclusive benefits and expanded access to all we do. The President’s Circle, Directors' Circle, and Chairman's Circle are comprised of civic and community leaders who support the Council at the highest levels. Learn more.

Global Leadership Awards Dinner

At this annual fundraising event, the Chicago Council honors distinguished individuals for their outstanding achievements in international relations, global thought leadership, and philanthropy. Awards honor international, national, and Chicago leaders in world affairs. Individual tickets and tables are available. Learn more and save your seat.

Matching Gifts

Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employees to contribute to nonprofit organizations. Most of these programs match contributions dollar for dollar, and some will even double or triple the amount of your gift! To multiply the value of your membership contribution or gift, ask your human resource or community relations department for a matching gift form. The Council’s Federal Tax Identification Number (TIN) is 36-2181969. 

Corporate Membership and Sponsorship

Corporate members and sponsors of Chicago Council programs enjoy visibility, priority access to exclusive events, and opportunities to interact with experts, high-level executives, civic leaders, and US and foreign government officials. Several sponsorship opportunities are available, including head of state/foreign government official events, public lectures, studies, conferences, and program series. Benefits vary by sponsor category and are created to best fit the needs of the program and your company. Learn more.

Planned Giving

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs also derives support from Planned Giving contributions made via a bequest or endowment. Planned Giving may offer certain tax advantages. To learn more about Planned Giving opportunities, please contact Susan Kahan, director of major gifts, at +1 312-821-7548.