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Carroll H. Starr Endowment Challenge XI

Supporting Nonprofits' Efforts to Build a Permanent Endowment

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is pleased to announce the eleventh offering of the Carroll H. Starr Endowment Challenge, an opportunity for nonprofits in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties to launch or build a permanent endowment, with a matching grant from CFNIL!

Carroll H. Starr Endowment Challenge XI open Now!

IYWT Adult / Nonprofit Grants Open Now

Grants for Organizations Serving Youth in Northern Illinois

Established with a grant from the Ford Foundation in 1994 and endowed by a local donor, In Youth We Trust (IYWT) teaches grantmaking, volunteerism, and leadership skills to today’s youth, preparing them to be the positive change of tomorrow. This year, the IYWT Council will distribute up to $40,000 to community projects that benefit local youth. The spring cycle, for proposals written by adult nonprofit organizations serving youth, is open now and closes March 1, 2024. Visit to learn more and start your application!

IYWT Adult/Nonprofit Grants Open Now