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 10,000 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 and Support Services
Columbia College Chicago
The Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation
Lannan Foundation
The Reva & David Logan Foundation
Surdna Foundation
Youth Speaks
Zell Family Foundation

The Albert & Anne Mansfield Foundation
Alphawood Foundation Chicago
The Chicago Community Trust
The Crown Family
Illinois Arts Council Agency
The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince
Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard and Geraldson LLP
Polk Bros. Foundation
Southwest Airlines
WBEZ 91.5/Vocalo 91.1

Ace Hotel Chicago
Bodhi Spiritual Center
Ferrara Candy Company
Illinois Humanities
The Leo S. Guthman Fund
MKTG, Inc.
Metro Chicago
National Endowment for the Arts
React Presents LLC
Skender Foundation

Teaching Artist Circle

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

Millennial Council

Diana Camarillo
Evan Marshall
Aji Olayemi
Eddie Sikazwe
Kevin Skender