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The Carroll H. Starr Endowment Challenge is a unique opportunity for nonprofits in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago counties to build a permanent endowment at the Community Foundation and receive $1 for every $3 raised.

For CHS Endowment Challenge VII, nonprofits must pledge to raise between $15,000 and $150,000 (the amount is up to the nonprofit) toward an endowment at the Community Foundation over a three-year period. For example, if a non-profit pledges to raise $15,000 during the three-year period and meets their goal, the Community Foundation would contribute $5,000 to that organization’s endowment. If the goal was set at $150,000 and the non-profit meets their goal, the Community Foundation would contribute $50,000 to that organization’s endowment.

Previous grantees may apply again.

Grant Guidelines
Application Questions

History

The first Carroll H. Starr Endowment Challenge was offered by the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois in 2001. Through the Challenge, the Community Foundation matches $1 for every $3 raised by selected non-profits to build an endowment. Once established, the permanent fund will provide the agency with a stable source of income that will last forever.

Key benefits of building an endowment with the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois include:

  • A perpetual source of income
  • Funding that can be spent in any way you chose to benefit your organization, such as salaries, operating expenses, and other hard-to-fund items
  • Proven investment performance; Funds are commingled to achieve broader diversification while minimizing risk

Past & Current Participants

I: Freeport Art Museum, Illinois Growth Enterprises, and The MILL (2001)

II: Connecting the Future (Burpee Museum and Discovery Center), Freeport Art Museum, Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden, and Swedish Historical Society (2006)

III: Natural Land Institute (2009)

IV: RAMP (2010)

V: Cosmopolitan Club of Rockford, Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, and Swedish Historical Society (2011)

VI: Discovery Center Museum, Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden, and Natural Land Institute (2012)

VII: Belvidere Boone County Food Pantry, Delta Kappa Gamma (Zeta Chapter), Lifescape, Nachusa Grasslands, Rockford University, Sand Bluff Bird Observatory (2014)

VIII: Children’s Home & Aid, Friends of Nachusa Grasslands, Klehm Arboretum Foundation, Midway Village Museum, Northwest HomeStart, RAMP, Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity, and YMCA of Rock River Valley (2016)

Carroll H. Starr Biography

  • Founder of the Rockford Community Trust – today known as the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.
  • A prominent businessman who was partial owner of the first Ford Motor Car dealership in Rockford, a banker, and manager of a local investment firm
  • Chairman of the City Planning Commission
  • A leading advocate for families, with thirty years of service on the Family Welfare Service Board
  • Head of the United War Fund during WWII, raising more than $1,000,000 in annual funds
  • One of only nine founding members of the National Committee on Community Foundations

Mr. Starr guided the Trust during its formative years with an abiding conviction in its future growth and benefit to Rockford. He served the Trust faithfully until his death on November 10, 1963.

Grant Cycle

CFNIL is not accepting applications for the Carroll H. Starr Endowment Challenge.

Online Application

Deadlines

The online application must be received on or before 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date.  Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

 

How to Register & Apply

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Questions?

Contact Dan Dineen

  +1 (815) 962-2110 ext 12

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