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.


Our Supporters

  • Zell Family Foundation
  • Ralla Klepak Foundation for Education in the Performing Arts

  • The Chicago Community Trust
  • Lannan Foundation
  • Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation

  • Poetry Foundation
  • Crown Family Foundation
  • Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation
  • Allstate
  • Amazon

  • Illinois Humanities
  • Illinois Arts Council Agency
  • Field Foundation
  • Jentes Family Foundation
  • Athena Family Foundation
  • Susan Crown Exchange

  • Harmann Family – John and Laila Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Honorary individuals

  • Joseph & Debbi Welch
  • Ross Posner
  • John Rugel
  • Josh & Jessica Malkin
  • Ali Bourque and Jacob Cowan