Abbe Temkin

Senior Philanthropic Advisor, The Chicago Community Trust

Abbe Temkin is a Senior Philanthropic Advisor at The Chicago Community Trust,

In this role, she is responsible for building and fostering relationships with current and prospective donors. She works with families and individuals to develop philanthropic strategies and helps connect philanthropy to opportunity by leveraging the knowledge of the Trust’s Community Impact staff for the benefit of donor advisors. Temkin also provides guidance and support in legacy planning and higher education philanthropy.

Before coming to the Trust, Temkin served as director of individual giving for The University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences and earlier as director of development for the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science. Previously, she spent many years as a consultant with CCS Fundraising, where she was western regional director for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and served clients including the Jewish Agency for Israel, the International Code Council, and the Nature Conservancy of Wisconsin.

Temkin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Western Michigan University and a JD from The University of Illinois Chicago School of Law. She was a practicing trial attorney for many years before transitioning full time into the field of development. Today Temkin sits on the board of directors for CJE SeniorLife, and is a member of the Chicago Estate Planning Council, the National Center for Family Philanthropy, the Advancement Network, and The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. She’s completed 22 marathons, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and is an avid indoor rower.


Community Foundations Topical Call: Trust-Based Philanthropy Practices for DAFs

Posted on November 16, 2022 by Molly Shaw, M.Ed., Abbe Temkin

Trust-based philanthropy “is rooted in a set of values that help advance equity, shift power, and build mutually accountable relationships,” per the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project. While many community foundations are working to embrace these practices, how are donors or families giving through and in collaboration with the community foundation learning and adapting to using these practices? Join peers who have… Read More

Community Foundation Spark Session: Serving Families Who Use Multiple Philanthropic Tools

Posted on May 25, 2017 by Abbe Temkin, Todd Hanson, Tony Macklin

Philanthropic families are increasingly using multiple tools and strategies to achieve their goals for social impact. Creative examples from NCFP’s network include:  a private foundation with funds at multiple community foundations, a donor-advised fund and impact investing portfolio, establishing a family foundation and a 501(C)(4) nonprofit or Political Action Committee, and giving through a family business and a charitable fund… Read More