The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois attracts, grows, and preserves

a permanent endowment for the needs of the people of Boone, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties.

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Make a Donation!

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

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History

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.

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Endowment

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.

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Funds

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.

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Grants

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.

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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.

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Scholarships

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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