In Youth We Trust logo. In Youth We Trust a youth philanthropy program of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois
The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is now accepting applications for the In Youth We Trust (IYWT) youth grant program until 5 p.m. on March 8, 2021. 
Happy Founder's Day, Alpha Kappa Alpha. Celebrating 113 years, 1908 - 2021
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated is the first and oldest sorority for African American females, and today celebrates the 113th anniversary of their founding. This year AKA has even more to celebrate as AKA Sister Kamala Harris is our Vice President Elect!
Blanche Martin Mini Grants, Grants for Teachers, Deadline extended to February 8
The Zeta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society is a group of professional women Educators from Boone and Winnebago counties, who financially support quality education. The Zeta Chapter has established the Blanche Martin Mini-Grant Program with the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL), which makes financial awards to qualified Early Childhood through Grade 12 Educators currently teaching in Boone and Winnebago Counties.
Making Spirits Bright: happy holidays from CFNIL! Picture of a wooden door surrounded by holiday garland and snowflakes
As we anxiously await the turn of the calendar to a new year, let's not rush this holiday season! We hope your final days of 2020 will hold good cheer, sweet memories, and lots of laughter. And we look forward to a new year filled with hope and promise of better things to come. From all of us at the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, thank you for your support and partnership. In recognition of this holiday season, CFNIL will be closed Thursday and Friday Dec. 24-25 and Thursday and Friday Dec. 31-Jan. 1.
Community Grants Program 2020/2021 - announcing $1.3M in grants to nonprofits for the benefit of the people of northern Illinois. Photo of students viewing a large piece of artwork.
The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) is pleased to announce the recipients of Community Grants for the 2020 - 2021 program cycle. In total CFNIL committed over $1.3 million for 67 projects, programs, and events operated by nonprofit organizations in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties.
Rockford Park District Logo. Pictures of girls, wearing masks, playing basketball and sitting on bleachers.
Community Grant in action! This summer the Rockford Park District was able to hold Her Time To Play, a program for middle school girls designed to sharpen their athletic abilities and teach discipline in the classroom. Many of these girls will go on to be student athletes. Her Time To Play has WNBA guest speakers, and support from the basketball community. Check out this great highlight video, created by Rockford Park District, for a look at the camp in action and to hear from participants and parents.
Ciara Stahly receives Spirit of the Future Award from Crusader Community Health
It's a week full of good news: Ciara Stahly, CFNIL Program Officer, is a recipient of the Crusader Community Health Spirit of the Future Award! This award, part of Crusader's Spirit of Caring recognition, realizes the future of our community lies within the passion of our younger givers of time, talent, and/or treasure. Individual candidates aged 18 to 40 exhibit unique kindness and the Spirit of Caring for others in our community through leadership and volunteerism outside the scope of their work environment.
Sarah Lambert named Rockford Chamber of Commerce Women-in-Business Award, Emerging Leader of the Year
We're so excited to finally be able to share the amazing news that Sarah Lambert, CFNIL's Community Investment Director, is this year's Rockford Chamber of Commerce Women-In-Business Awards Emerging Leader of the Year! This award honors a female professional in the early stages of her career who exhibits leadership skills, a commitment to professional growth, and who contributes positively to her team and organization. The recipient is hard-working, passionate, and eager to learn.
CFNIL Scholarships: 90+ scholarships. One application. Application open now.
Today, December 1, is opening day for the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) scholarship application! With just one application students access over 90 unique scholarships awarding more than $300,000 this year alone. The application will close February 1, 2020.
Introducing Scholarships Northern Illinois, announcing 2020 Community Scholarship Fair, presented virtually
Rockford Public Library (RPL), The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL), and Rock Valley College Foundation (RVC) have collaborated for nearly a decade to connect local students to opportunities to finance their college education. Today, they are pleased to announce the creation of a new one-stop-shop information source for all things scholarships in northern Illinois: Scholarships Northern Illinois, accessed at 
In Youth We Trust Nonprofit Grant Cycle Opens Today. In Youth We Trust and Community Foundation of Northern Illinois logos
The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is now accepting applications for the first of two In Youth We Trust (IYWT) grant program cycles. For the 2020-2021 school year, in recognition that COVID-19 may impact the feasibility of youth-led projects and events, IYWT will have two grant cycles: one for proposals written by nonprofit organizations (adults) for the purpose of serving youth, and one for proposals written by youth for youth-led, youth-benefiting projects.
Pictures of a sculpture covered with mosaic tiles portraying people and messages celebrating women's suffrage
Saturday, October 31, dozens of community members gathered on the bank of the Rock River just south of the YMCA Log Lodge for the dedication of a new piece of public art. The sculpture, which commemorates the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which secured the right to vote for women in the United States, is a project of the Women's Suffrage Centennial Celebration Northern Illinois committee. It is the first public art installation dedicated sole
815CRT announces new RFP opportunity. Logos of United Way of Rock River Valley, Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Kjellstrom Family Foundation, Community Foundation of NOrthern ILlinois, Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Workforce Connection, Transform Rockford
The 815 Community Response Team is pleased to share a Request for Proposals in direct response to the growing need of hundreds of individuals in our community who find themselves unemployed, underemployed, or facing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Earlier this year, our community generously donated to the Emerging Needs Fund in response to COVID and this will be the final distribution from the fund.
There's still time to place your vote, pictures of red and blue signs with text that reads vote, picture of a hand holding a ballot
Election Day is November 3rd, and there is still time to vote early in person, or to submit your vote-by-mail ballot.  Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, all voters must vote at the assigned polling place. To find your polling place, visit the website for your election authority: Voters in the City of Rockford: Rockford Board of Elections
Cheri Nordenberg Greenlee - 1949-2020
On October 6, Cheri Nordenberg Greenlee lost her battle with cancer. While we join her family, friends, and community in sorrow at this loss, we are humbled and heartened to announce a new scholarship which Cheri worked to establish in the last days of her life. The Cheri Nordenberg Greenlee Memorial Scholarship will provide financial support for current college students from northern Illinois who are completing the final two years of a bachelor's degree.
Elsie Jefko Carlson Scholarship provides support for single parents
CFNIL is pleased to announce the establishment of a new scholarship, the Elsie Jefko Carlson Scholarship. In the hopes to "pay it forward" and honor Elsie's life, her family created this scholarship in order to support single parents who need financial support to further their education. Here is how Elsie is described by her family:
In Youth We Trust Council seeks new members
In Youth We Trust Council, the youth philanthropy program of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, is looking for new members to join the Council for its 26th year! Established with a grant from the Ford Foundation in 1994 and endowed by a local donor, this program teaches grantmaking, volunteerism, and leadership skills to today’s youth, preparing them to be the positive change of tomorrow.
2020 Grantseekers Meeting Materials now available
During the week of August 10, CFNIL staff presented five grantseekers meetings via the Zoom online platform. We hope you were able to attend “live”, but regardless are sharing the full presentation slides as well as a recording of one of the sessions. Both of these items as well as full details about the CFNIL Community Grants Program may be found at our website:  The presentation recording may also be viewed below.
81Thrive Awards $555,000 to Nonprofit Organizations
Seven nonprofit corporations were selected by the 81Thrive Initiative for a $50,000 discretionary award to assist with the losses endured as a result of COVID-19 AND up to $25,000 in capacity building supports from the Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence (NICNE).