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How do I become a member of the Graham Taylor Society?

Supporters who contribute $1,000 or more to Chicago Commons in a single fiscal year (July 1-June 30) for at least two consecutive fiscal years become esteemed members of the Graham Taylor Society. Donors can designate their gifts toward general operating funds or specific programs/projects through a single annual donation or recurring monthly contributions. Chicago Commons gratefully accepts gifts of stock, and matching gifts count toward the $1,000 minimum requirement.


  • Early invitations to Chicago Commons events
  • Open invitation to tour community centers
    Special recognition in our annual report, on the website, and at events
  • Invitation to donor recognition events, including a special event hosted by CEO
  • Subscription to our e-newsletter
A playful illustration of Graham Taylor
Portrait of Graham Taylor.
Who is Graham Taylor?

In 1894, Professor Graham Taylor established Chicago Commons, a settlement house serving Chicago’s working-class poor and immigrant laborers. Professor Taylor, a visionary social reformer alongside Jane Addams, Mary McDowell, and Julia Lathrop, interpreted the needs of the Chicago Commons’ community members (modern-day West Town) and implemented vital social programs. He also founded the University of Chicago’s Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice, formerly called the School of Social Service Administration. Taylor’s unwavering commitment to social justice and belief in the inherent value of all people continues to inspire us as we strive for real and lasting change.

Have a question?

Please contact Cheryl Wisniewski, Vice President of Development at or 773-826-4256.

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