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Community Foundation Funds

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois manages over 450 individual funds which reflect the unique wishes of our donors as well as the diverse needs and interests of the people of Northern Illinois. You can contribute to many of the individual funds – use the searchable table below to find the specific fund you would wish to support. 

Our Community Grants Program provides responsive and strategic support for charitable activities in our region. A gift of any size to the Community Grants fund provides CFNIL with flexible resources to address our community’s most urgent needs, now and into the future.  

For more information about the types of endowment funds, please visit this page

**In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, CFNIL has joined other regional funders and partners to raise funds for local support of individuals, families, and organizations experiencing challenges. We encourage you to consider supporting the COVID-19 Emerging Needs Fund. Learn more about the local COVID response effort.**

Donate to the Community Grants Program

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Community Grants

To support the community needs of Winnebago, Boone, Ogle, and Stephenson counites in the areas of Arts & Humanities, Education (including Career Pathways and Complementary Education), Health, Human Services, Sustainable Communities, and Youth & Families

Grant Making 1999

Other Funds

Fund Fund Type Inc.
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Belvidere/Boone County Food Pantry
To support Belvidere/Boone County Food Pantry
Agency 2014
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Rock River Valley Pantry - Fight Hunger Endowment

To support Rock River Valley Pantry

Agency 2008
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Rockford Christian Schools Scholarship
To educational resources for students at Rockford Christian Schools
Agency 2011
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Stateline Down Syndrome Foundation
To support Stateline Down Syndrome Foundation
Agency 2017
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Foreign Language Endowment
To provide educational resources through the North Boone Education Foundation
Agency 2016
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Highland Community College/Rubin Education Endowment

To Provide Scholarships for students with financial need who are attending or have graduated from high schools in Boone, Carroll, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Stephenson, or Winnebago Counties attending Highland Community College

Agency 2016
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Stateline Youth for Christ Foundation
To support Stateline Youth for Christ
Agency 2014
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Junior League of Rockford, Inc. Endowment
To support the Junior League of Rockford
Agency 2001
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Forest Preserves of Winnebago County Endowment
To support Forest Preserves of Winnebago County
Agency 2015
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PAWS Humane Society Helping Hand Endowment
To support PAWS Humane Society
Agency 2006
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Winnebago County Conservation Fund
To promote the protection, enhancement, restoration and wise use of our natural resources
Agency 2003
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Rockford Cosmopolitan Foundation
To support Rockford Cosmopolitan Club
Agency 2011
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Winnebago County Criminal Justice Foundation Fund
To fund and promote funding criminal justice projects in Winnebago County
Agency 2000
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Rockford Fire Department Community

To promote community involvement providing department upgrades, education, training, equipment, and wellbeing of fire personnel

Agency 2009
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Frances Grant Triebel Memorial NSDAR Scholarship

Scholarships for graduating seniors within Winnebago County who will attend or are currently attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Agency 2012
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Philip Dedrick Endowment Fund for Collection Care
To support care of the Freeport Art Museum's collections
Agency 2001
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Winnebago County Nursing Home Foundation Fund
To provide for the needs of River Bluff Nursing Home residents
Agency 2000
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HomeStart
To support HomeStart
Agency 2016
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Rockford Mass Transit District Operating/Capital

To support the Rockford Mass Transit District and Rockford Paratransit services

Agency 2007
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Booker Washington Community and Cultural Center Endowment

To support Booker Washington Community and Cultural Center

Agency 2009
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Freeport Arts Center Education
To support Freeport Art Museum
Agency 2007
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Without Shoes Modern Dance Company
To support Without Shoes Modern Dance Company
Agency 2004
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Discovery Center Museum Endowment
To support Discovery Center Museum of Rockford
Agency 2009
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Friends Endowment for Nachusa Grasslands
To support Nachusa Grasslands
Agency 2014
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Swedish Historical Society Endowment
To support Swedish Historical Society
Agency 2007