The mission of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is to serve as a catalyst for giving in order to attract, preserve, and grow an endowment for the current and future needs of the people of Northern Illinois.


Since 1953, CFNIL has granted more than $63 million for local charitable purposes since 1953. Learn how we started and where we are going.


CFNIL has many types of endowments to help you achieve your charitable vision, now and in perpetuity.


CFNIL is committed to honoring our donors’ philanthropic wishes. Learn how we serve our donors.


CFNIL grants in the areas of Arts & Humanities, Education, Health, Human Services, Sustainable Communities, and Youth & Families.

In Youth We Trust

Established in 1994, In Youth We Trust teaches philanthropy to the next generation of community leaders.


CFNIL has 80 scholarship funds that award more than $200,000 each year to local students.

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