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In Youth We Trust Adult/Nonprofit Grants application now open

In Youth We Trust Adult/Nonprofit Grants Open Now

Organizations serving youth in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, or Winnebago Counties are invited to apply for In Youth We Trust grants! The application is open until 5:00 p.m. on November 19.

Learn more and apply here

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2021 CFNIL Scholarship Report

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) is pleased to announce its 2021 scholarship recipients: 175 scholarships worth up to $335,874 to local students. The scholarships will support the post-secondary educational aspirations of 140 local students from 28 high schools.

Meet the CFNIL Scholarship Class of 2021

“We’re focused on endowment because we’re long term thinkers. Some of the seeds we plant are not going to come up for eight years, so it was not a struggle for us to imagine that we should start planning now for what the needs might be in ten or twenty years.” -- Bernie Buchholz, Friends of Nachusa Grasslands, which established an Agency Endowment Fund with CFNIL in 2014