Young Chicago Authors receives vital funding from foundations, corporations, government agencies, and individuals.

Without the support of our philanthropic community, YCA would not be able to provide innovative creative writing programs to more than 3,000 young people each year. We are grateful to our funders and donors for their generous support and belief in YCA’s mission.


Bloomberg Philanthropies

Chicago Teachers Union Foundation

Columbia College Chicago

The Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation

Lannan Foundation

The Reva & David Logan Foundation

Mccormick Foundation

Surdna Foundation

Youth Speaks

Zell Family FoundatioN

The Alec Baldwin Foundation

The Chicago Community Trust

The Crown Family


JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation

The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince

National Recreation Foundation

Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard and Geraldson LLP

Poetry Foundation

Polk Bros. Foundation

WBEZ 91.5

Allstate Insurance Company

Alphawood Foundation Chicago

Baskin Family Foundation

The Boeing Company

CityArts grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

HighTower Holding LLC

IMC Chicago Charitable Foundation

Illinois Arts Council Agency

Illinois Humanities Council

Leo S. Guthman Fund

Albert & Anne Mansfield Foundation

National Endowment for the Arts

Nike Sportswear

Northern Trust Charitable Trust

Gale Sayers Foundation

Southwest Airlines

Spencer Foundation

Teaching Artist Circle

  • The Malkin Family
  • Debbi and Joe Welch