Illinois Community Foundations

First, what is a community foundation anyway?

Community foundations are instruments of civil society designed to pool donations into a coordinated investment and grant making facility dedicated primarily to the social improvement of a given place.

Families, individuals, businesses, and nonprofit groups establish funds within community foundations into which they can contribute a variety of assets to be used for charitable purposes. The people or organizations that establish the funds can then recommend that grants be distributed, in the name of the fund or anonymously, to qualified nonprofit groups and schools. The donor receives a charitable deduction in the year that gifts are made into their funds.

The assets of community foundations are pooled and invested, with donors typically having a choice of investment products.

The funds established at community foundations can be expendable funds (i.e., grants can be made in any amount at any time) or they can be endowments, which limit distributions to the interest earned on the assets. Endowments last in perpetuity.

The first community foundation was set up in Cleveland in 1914 by Frederick Goff and operating now as the Cleveland Foundation. Others soon followed including the California Community Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust.

Community foundations are now a global phenomenon. There are at least 700 in the United States and perhaps 1000 more around the world with numbers
growing rapidly.

The above definition is from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The following is a list of community foundations in Illinois:

Barrington Area Community Foundation
Contact: Norval Stephens, President
421 N. Northwest Highway, Suite 201
Barrington, IL 60010
Phone: (847)382-1588     Fax: (847)382-9588

Community Foundation of Central Illinois
Contact: James R. Sullivan, Executive Director
331 Fulton Street, Suite 310
Peoria, IL 61602-1449
Phone: (309)674-8730     Fax: (309)674-8754

Charleston Area Charitable Foundation
304 Eighth St.
P.O. Box 677
Charleston, IL 61920

The Chicago Community Trust
Contact: Terry Mazany, President and CEO
111 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60601-4501
Phone: (312)616-8000    Fax: (312)616-7955

The Community Foundation of Decatur/Macon County
Contact: Lucy Murphy, Executive Director
125 N. Water Street, Suite 200
Decatur, IL 62523-1309
Phone: (217)429-3000    Fax: (217)429-3001

DeKalb County Community Foundation (IL)
Contact: Jerome A. Smith, Executive Director
The Atrium Office Center
2600 DeKalb Avenue
Sycamore, IL 60178-3131
Phone: (815)748-5383    Fax: (815)748-5873

The DuPage Community Foundation
Contact: David M. McGowan, CFRE, President
2100 Manchester Road
Building A, Suite 303
Wheaton, IL 60187-4584
Phone: (630)665-5556     Fax: (630)665-9571

Community Foundation of East Central Illinois
Contact: Joan M. Dixon, Executive Director
404 W. Church Street
Champaign, IL 61820-3411
Phone: (217)359-0125     Fax: (217)352-6494

Edgar County Community Foundation, Inc.
Contact: Warren L. Sperry, Development Manager
P.O. Box 790
Citizen’s National Bank/Trust Dept.
Paris, IL 61944
Phone: (217)465-7641

Greater Edwardsville Area Community Foundation
P.O. Box 102
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Phone: (618)656-0705

Effingham County Community Foundation
Contact: Joedy Hightower, Executive Director
P.O. Box 187
Effingham, IL 62401-0187
Phone: (217)342-4988     Fax: (217)347-1001

Evanston Community Foundation
Contact: Sara L. Schastok, Executive Director
1007 Church Street, Suite 108
Evanston, IL 60201-3624
Phone: (847)492-0990     Fax: (847)492-0904

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley
Contact: Sharon Stredde, President & CEO
111 W. Downer Place, Suite 312
Aurora, IL 60506-6106
Phone: (630)896-7800     Fax: (630)896-7811

Freeport Community Foundation
Contact: Melanie E. Mitchard, MSW, Executive Director
524 W. Stephenson Street, Suite 101
Freeport, IL 61032-5003
Phone: (815)232-5184 ext.205  Fax: (815)232-5185

Geneseo Is For Tomorrow (GIFT) Foundation
c/o Community Foundation of the Great River Bend
100 West Main Street
Geneseo, IL 61254
Phone: (309)764-8331

Highland Park Community Foundation
Contact: W. L. Volchenboum, Executive Director
P.O. Box 398
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847)433-4100     Fax: (847)509-9196

Illinois Prairie Community Foundation
Contact: Michael Stillwell, Executive Director
210-1/2 Broadway
P.O. Box 423
Normal, IL 61761-0423
Phone: (309)862-1642     Fax: (309)862-1742

Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley
105 E Court St.
Kankakee, IL 60901-3823
Phone: (815)939-1611     Fax: (815)933-8320
Contact: Norman Strasma , Executive Director

Lake County Community Foundation
c/o The Chicago Community Trust
330 South Greenleaf Street
Gurnee, IL 60031-3389
Phone: (847)775-1058

Mattoon Area Community Foundation
Contact: Joedy Hightower, Executive Director
PO Box 1712
Mattoon, IL 61938
Phone: (217)235-2500

The McHenry County Community Foundation
Contact: Kathryn A. Halma, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1844
Woodstock, IL 60098-1844
Phone: (815)338-4483     Fax: (815)334-8613

Metamora Community Foundation
1200 East Partridge
Metamora, IL 61548
Phone: (309)367-4532     Fax: (309)367-2235

Moline Foundation
Contact: Joy Boruff, Executive Director
817-11th Avenue
Moline, IL 61265-1222
Phone: (309)736-3800     Fax: (309)736-3721

Morris Community Foundation
Contact: Julianne Buck , Executive Director
105 E. Main Street, Suite 202
Morris, IL 60450-2150
Phone: (815)941-0852     Fax: (815)941-9110

Community Foundation of Northern Illinois
Contact: Gloria T. Lundin, President
946 N. Second Street
Rockford, IL 61107-3005
Phone: (815)962-2110     Fax: (815)962-2116

Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation
1049 Lake Street, Suite 204
Oak Park, IL 60301-6708
Phone: (708)848-1560     Fax: (708)848-1531

Community Foundation of the Quincy Area
Contact: Jill Arnold Blickhan , Executive Director
P.O. Box 741
Quincy, IL 62306-0741
Phone: (217)222-1237     Fax: (217)222-2260

Rock Island Community Foundation
Post Office Box 3331
Rock Island, IL 61204-3331

Sangamon County Community Foundation
Contact: John Stremsterfer, Executive Director
One West Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 816
Springfield, IL 62701-1200
Phone: (217)789-4431     Fax: (217)789-4635

Southern Illinois Community Foundation
Contact: Margaret Flanagan, President
P.O. Box 3392
Carbondale, IL 62902-3392
Phone: (618)453-4775     Fax: (618)453-4776

Sterling-Rock Falls Community Trust
P.O. Box 1000
Sterling, IL 61081
Phone: (815)626-4321