The Community Grants program supports a wide range of nonprofit organizations, projects, programs, and events in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties.
- The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit grantmaking institution started in 1953.
- Its founders envisioned that CFNIL would be a perpetual reservoir of philanthropy for the people of Northern Illinois.
- Since its beginning, CFNIL has provided over $63 million of grants and scholarships to benefit the people of Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties.
- CFNIL is committed to fairness, objectivity, and inclusion in its grant making.
- Each grant application is evaluated on its merits against established criteria and best practices in grantmaking.
- Volunteer community advisors review and recommend grants to CFNIL’s volunteer board of trustees.
- Over 150 volunteers in any given year represent the talent, diversity, and good judgment of our region’s citizens.
- A professional staff coordinates the work of the volunteers and tends to the day-to-day business of serving donors, managing and investing over 300 endowed funds, and administering CFNIL’s grant and scholarship programs.
- The Community Grants program is organized into six Focus Areas:
- Arts & Humanities
- Human Services
- Sustainable Communities
- Youth & Family
- Within Education, CFNIL makes strategic grants to place-based scholarship endowments, after-school programs, and career pathways initiatives.
- CFNIL’s strategy, known as Education Works, supports projects, programs, and events that provide education for employment.
- Volunteer community advisors bring both broad and specific community and subject matter expertise to the grant review process in the six Focus Areas.
The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions to the Community Grants Program are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.