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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

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.
Bonnie Sorenson Scudder Memorial Scholarship

Scholarships for female seniors at Harvard Community High School to further their education in women's physical education

Scholarship 1998
Booker Washington Community and Cultural Center Endowment

To support Booker Washington Community and Cultural Center

Agency 2009
Brad Will Foundation

To provide resources and support non-violent groups dedicated to the advancement of underserved people and communities throughout the world as recommended by the donor advisor

Donor Advised 2006
Bur Oak Endowment
To support Klehm Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Agency 2007
Burpee Museum Endowment
To support Burpee Museum of Natural History
Agency 2009
Buster Lindsay Memorial Scholarship

Scholarships for graduating seniors from Jefferson High School who have been student athletes for at least 3 years

Scholarship 2002
Byron Foundation Endowment
To support Byron Foundation for Educational Excellence
Agency 2017
Calcott Charitable
To support charitable organizations as recommended by the donor advisor
Donor Advised 2002
Carl Abraham Trust

To provide scholarships for students attending Marquette University and Boylan Central Catholic High School

Donor Designated 1999
Carl D. Loescher Memorial Scholarship for Nursing
To support Carl D. Loescher Memorial Scholarship for Nursing Fund of Rockford University
Donor Designated 2011
Carmichael Family

Scholarships for graduating seniors of Rochelle High School to support for organizations in and around Rochelle, IL

Donor Designated 1993
Carol Mae Warner Endowment

To provide resources to charitable organizations fighting Parkinson's disease and to support those affected by Parkinson's disease in the Greater Rockford, IL area as recommended by the donor advisor

Donor Advised 2011
Carpenter's Place

To support Carpenter's Place

Agency 2004
Carpenter's Place Endowment
To support the Employment Program of Carpenter's Place
Donor Designated 1987
Carrie Jane Fund
To support the operations and programs of Stepping Stones
Donor Designated 2002
CFNIL Scholarship

To provide educational resources to students with especially limited financial resources to attain a 4-year degree or complete a vocational certification program

Grant Making 1997
Charles A. Beyer/Rockford Jaycees
To support Beyer Stadium property maintenance and enhancement
Donor Designated 1997
Charles Lee Anderson Memorial Scholarship

Scholarships for graduating Rock Valley College students or graduating seniors from Sycamore High School who plan to pursue a degree in education

Scholarship 2001
Cheri Nordenberg Greenlee Memorial Scholarship

To provide financial support for current college students from northern Illinois who are completing the final two years of a bachelor's degree.

Scholarship 2020
Cherry Valley Public Library District Charitable Fund
To support the Cherry Valley Public Library District
Agency 2004
Chief David G. Bailey Fire Science Scholarship

Scholarships for accredited, sanctioned and/or certified fire science or emergency medical services training to firefighters

Scholarship 2004
Club Blue Agency Endowment

To provide for the basic goods and services that promote safety, health and well-being of children in need in our community in partnership with Club Blue

Agency 2015
Clyde and Lois Gipson Memorial
To support United Way - Rockford and Disabled American Veterans - Chicago
Donor Designated 2015
Community Arts and Humanities

To support the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois' Community Grants program in the area of Arts & Humanities

Grant Making 1999
Community Foundation Staff Charitable
To support charitable organizations as recommended by the CFNIL Staff
Donor Advised 2009