CFNIL Upcoming Events

Registration for the 2019 Grantseekers Meetings has now closed. You are still welcome to join us for the final meeting, to be held Thursday, August 15, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. at Rockford Indoor City Market, Bowtruss Room, 116 N Madison St, Rockford.

Contact Jennifer Smith at with any questions.

Join us for the 2019 Education Works Summit

In 2019, CFNIL branded its support for education in the region as Education Works. To deepen our understanding of the educational landscape in northern Illinois and become better grantmakers, we have hosted annual Education Works Summits, providing a space for a regional conversation about education. We believe that the return on investments in Education Works will grow with sharing and collaboration throughout the community.

For the third annual Summit we are excited to welcome Geoffrey Nagle, President and CEO of the Erikson Institute, and Jon Furr, Executive Director of the NIU Education Systems Center. Their presentations will focus on early childhood development and progress with education policy in illinois, respectively. Join fellow educators and community leaders from across the region for what promises to be a morning full of stimulating conversation.

So that we can be prepared with materials, breakfast, and lunch for all attendees, please RSVP!


DATE & TIME: Friday, September 20, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Regents Hall, 2nd floor of the Burpee Student Center, Rockford University, 5050 E State Street, Rockford, IL  61108


8:30 a.m. — Breakfast, check-in
9:00 a.m. — Welcome | Dr. Eric Fulcomer, President, Rockford University
9:10 a.m. — Introduction | Sarah Lambert, Community Investment Director, CFNIL | Five Years of Education Works
9:30 a.m. — Session 1 | Dr. Geoffrey Nagle, President and CEO, Erikson Institute | The Importance of Early Childhood Experience: The First 1100 Days Last Forever
10:30 a.m. — Round Table Discussions
11:00 a.m. — Break
11:15 a.m. — Session 2 | Jonathan Furr, Executive Director, Education Systems Center – Northern Illinois University | Pathways to College and Career Success in Northern Illinois
12:15 p.m. — Round Table Discussions
12:45 p.m. — Closing | Jon Bates, President, CFNIL
12:50 p.m. — Lunch

Contact Jennifer Smith at or 779-210-8204 with any questions.

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