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Whether you donate to an existing endowment or create your own, be assured that your passion is our purpose.
Support for charitable activities that benefit the people and places of northern Illinois. Over $1.7M is distributed each year through the Community Grants Program alone!
130+ Unique Scholarships, over $500K in awards, just ONE Application! Application open December 1 - February 1.
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2024 Community Grants Program application open now!

2024 Community Grants Program Application Open Now

Over $1.8M will be awarded to nonprofits serving the people of Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties.

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rainbow background graphic text in foreground Announcing the Rockford Pride Parade Endowment

Announcing the Rockford Pride Parade Endowment

A new fund has been established to support the work of the Rockford Area Pride Committee, FOREVER!

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black text on a yellow background: just launched! 2024 Mayor's Hunger Campaign, benefiting the members of the Greater Rockford Pantry Coalition

Announcing the 2024 Mayor's Hunger Campaign

The Greater Rockford Pantry Coalition (GRPC) started the Mayor's Hunger Campaign and announced a new partnership with the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) on May 15th.

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grey blurred background with bright yellow flower in foreground. text reads: Resilient: Introducing the CFNIL Scholarship Class of 2024

Introducing the CFNIL Scholarship Class of 2024

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is pleased to announce its 2024 scholarship recipients: 261+ awards worth over $540,000, supporting the post-secondary educational aspirations of students from 34 high schools.

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