The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is committed to honoring our donors’ philanthropic wishes.

CFNIL is ethically and legally obligated to complying with our donors’ intentions in perpetuity. Your passion is our purpose.

By starting an endowment at the Foundation, you will be partnering with an organization with more than six decades of experience working with donors. Our local staff knows the region, its nonprofit organizations, and its people. We can help you select the right type of endowment, discuss charitable projects and organizations to maximize the impact of your giving, and work with you or your professional counsel to accept large or complex gifts.

The Foundation’s staff is here to assist you. We encourage you to contact us with questions or comments. Feel free to schedule an appointment with our donor services staff. The coffee is always on.

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donors may receive an immediate tax benefit for gifts made to the Foundation.


How CFNIL works with community members to support our region’s most pressing needs.


How CFNIL works with donors to establish a charitable legacy through endowment.


How CFNIL acts as a prudent, ethical, and objective steward of your philanthropic intentions and dollars.

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