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.


Allstate Insurance Company

City of Chicago Department of Family Support & Services

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

The Albert & Anne Mansfield Foundation

Alphawood Foundation Chicago

The Chicago Community Trust

The Crown Family


The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince

National Endowment for the Arts

Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard and Geraldson LLP

Polk Bros. Foundation

Southwest Airlines

WBEZ 91.5/Vocalo 91.1


The Boeing Company

Ferrara Candy Company

Hightower Holding, LLC

Illinois Arts Council Agency

The Lagunitas Brewing Company

Metro Chicago

Northern Trust Charitable Trust

Tribeca Flashpoint College

Teaching Artist Circle

  • The Malkin Family
  • Rob Moore
  • Debbi and Joe Welch

Millennial Council

Sarah Elabdi 

Evan Marshall 

Aji Olayemi 

Brandon Rhodes 

Eddie Sikazwe 

Kevin Skender