The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois serves as a catalyst for giving

in order to attract, preserve, and grow a permanent endowment for the needs of the people of Boone, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties.


Make a Donation!

Donate directly to one of CFNIL's existing funds. CFNIL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax deductible.



Established in 1953 as the Rockford Community Trust, the Community Foundation remains committed to building a permanent endowment of charitable funds for the Northern Illinois community.



Endowments are forever. The Community Foundation is proud to serve as a sentinel – guarding the charitable wishes of the donor and providing prudent stewardship of the community’s endowed resources.



It’s easy to establish a fund at the Community Foundation. Donors identify their charitable wishes and the Foundation’s staff helps clarify those goals and the means to achieve them.



By supporting the arts, education, historical preservation, medical research, economic development, and health and human services, the Foundation helps area nonprofits provide vital programming to those in need.


In Youth We Trust

Established with a grant from the Ford Foundation in 1994, and endowed by a local donor, this program teaches grantmaking and leadership skills to today’s youth, preparing them to be the positive change of tomorrow.



Each year over more than $175,000 is awarded to students throughout Northern Illinois, providing resources that help offset the rising cost of higher education.

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