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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.
Nathaniel Martin "Scared Man Can't Win" Memorial Scholarship

To recognize the memory of Nathaniel Martin and to provide educational resources to African American men from Rockford Public School District #205.

Scholarship 2019
Natural Disaster Endowment

Provides assistance to victims of any Natural Disaster in Winnebago County designated by a joint declaration of the Mayor of Rokford and the Winnebago County Board Chairman

Grant Making 2009
Neighborhood Network of Rockford
To support Neighborhood Network
Agency 2007
Nettie and Jesse Gorov Scholarship

Scholarships for current college students or non-traditional students

Scholarship 2006
New Century Anniversary Fund
To support the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois' Community Grants program
Grant Making 2003
New Zion/Montague House Endowment
To support New Zion Missionary Baptist Church
Agency 2011
NIMCA Endowment
To support Northern Illinois Minority Companies Association (NIMCA)
Agency 1993
Norris A. and Margaret K. Aldeen

To serve human needs including but not limited to needs for clothing, food, and housing through programs sponsored or supported by Christian-related organizations

Grant Making 2010
Norris and Margaret Aldeen Memorial
To support the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois' Family Crisis grants program
Grant Making 1999
North Boone Education Endowment
To support the North Boone Education Foundation
Agency 2003
Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence (NICNE)

To support NICNE's efforts to promote and grow innovation and excellence for greater social impact. 

Agency 2019
Northern Illinois Community Health Foundation
To educate, support, and provide funds for the improvement of public health in Northern Illinois
Agency 1999
Northwest Community Center Scholarship

Scholarships for graduating seniors or graduates of a Rockford high school who have a history of involvement with Northwest Community Center as either volunteers or participants

Scholarship 1997
Northwestern Illinois Building Trades Blais Family Scholarship

Scholarships for children of members of the Northwestern IL Building Trades and Construction Council

Scholarship 2015
Nygren Wetland Preserve
To support Natural Land Institute
Agency 2010
Olson-Rockford College
To support Rockford College (now known as Rockford University)
Donor Designated 1974
Paul and Dorothy Salerno Endowment

To support Discovery Center, Klehm Arboretum, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford Symphony Orchestra, and Tinker Swiss Cottage

Donor Designated 1998
Paul and Ruth Neidhold Business Scholarship

Scholarships for Harvard High School graduating seniors to pursue further training or education in the field of business

Scholarship 1999
Pauline J. and John R. Cook Lecture

To provide resources for an annual lecture series so local gardeners may experience the world of horticulture and gardening

Donor Designated 2008
PAWS Humane Society Helping Hand Endowment
To support PAWS Humane Society
Agency 2006
Phil and Paula Turner
To support charitable organizations as recommended by the donor advisor
Donor Advised 1998
Philip Dedrick Endowment Fund for Collection Care
To support care of the Freeport Art Museum's collections
Agency 2001
Phyllis Howard Memorial Scholarship

Scholarships for members or family members of IAFF Local 413 Firefighters, students studying fire science, or studying to be an EMT

Scholarship 2013
Pi Gamma Omega Scholarship

Scholarships for African-American female seniors from Winnebago County High School who plan to attend a two-or-four year college or university, and have a commitment to community service

Scholarship 1997
Pittman Family
To support charitable organizations as recommended by the donor advisor
Donor Advised 2000