About the Foundation
To enhance the quality of life in DeKalb County, IL by proactively addressing community needs and expanding, managing, and distributing philanthropic resources.
To be a philanthropic leader as we partner with others to build strong communities throughout DeKalb County.
In our work we commit ourselves to:
- Tradition - by honoring meaningful traditions while also learning and seeking new approaches
- Humility - by reaching the vision of the Community Foundation in the original, humble spirit of generosity
- Integrity - in growing, managing, and distributing charitable funds
- Inclusiveness - through governance that is diverse, inclusive, representative of DeKalb County, and that puts community above self
- Collaboration - by encouraging, contributing to, and leading effective partnerships in support of our vision and mission
- Respect - for our donors, grant recipients, and community at all times
- Optimism - through our belief in the greatness of DeKalb County and the power of working together to make even greater things happen
Our Roles & Services
- Endowments & Donor Services - We help connect people who care with causes that matter by providing donors with a broad variety of interests a flexible and cost effective vehicle for carrying out their charitable objectives, regardless of the size of their donation.
- Stewardship - The Community Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and oversees the investment and management of charitable funds for individuals, families, nonprofit organizations and corporate donors. Although these monies are pooled for investment purposes, each of the component funds within the Foundation retains its unique identity and charitable intent as specified by the donor.
- Grantmaking - We distribute approximately $1.7 million every year in DeKalb County in support of Arts & Culture, Community Development, Education, Environment & Animal Welfare, Health & Human Services, and Nonprofit Capacity Building through seven different grantmaking mechanisms/programs.
- Community Initiatives - The DeKalb County Community Foundation helps to identify community needs and partners with others through our grantmaking and community leadership resources to bring about positive change and solve problems.
We are committed to excellence in fulfilling our mission.