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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.
WOTM Ruthann Gaston Women in Engineering Scholarship

To support the women studying engineering at local post-secondary institutions. 

Scholarship 2019
YMCA of Rock River Valley
To support YMCA of Rock River Valley
Agency 2016
Zeta Chapter Delta Kappa Gamma Memorial

Scholarships for graduating females from public high schools within Boone or Winnebago County, to promote the professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education

Scholarship 2006