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

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

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

  • The Albert & Anne Mansfield Foundation
  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • Arts Work Fund – Arts for Illinois Relief Fund
  • The Crown Family
  • FordHarrison LLP
  • Illinois Arts Council Agency
  • Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
  • The MacArthur Fund for Culture, Equity, and the Arts 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 ATHENA Fund
  • Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Conant Family Foundation
  • Illinois Humanities
  • Jentes Family Foundation
  • The Lewis Greenwood Foundation
  • Literary Arts Emergency Fund
  • The LuLu Foundation
  • Red Bull
  • Skender Foundation
  • VolunteerLocal

Teaching Artist Circle

  • The Malkin Family
  • Ross Posner
  • Joseph & Debbi Welch