Bridging people who care with causes that matter

It all starts with you: What do you care about?  What do you want to accomplish?

Whether you are a donor, advisor, or nonprofit, we can help you achieve your goals!

"Wealth is not new. Neither is charity. But the idea of using private wealth imaginatively, constructively, and systematically to attack the fundamental problems of mankind IS new."                                                           --John Gardner

Recent Thoughts

Devan Gagliardo
Devan Gagliardo

New – “online” and “paper fillable” grant applications!

If you are an organization wanting to apply for a grant, please click here


Julianne Buck
Julianne Buck

What’s a “Grudge Match”??

A “Grudge Match” brings charitable dollars into Grundy County.

Click here to read more and see the drivers and charities who won!

Devan Gagliardo
Devan Gagliardo

New grants to combat ACEs

What are Adverse Childhood Experiences and how can we fix them??

Click here to read details of the new Abel Endowment grants and the nonprofits administering them!

Julianne Buck
Julianne Buck

Give local…but where to start?

Just because a national columnist gives you advice doesn’t mean it is right for you…or your community.

Click here to read why!

Julianne Buck
Julianne Buck

“Bundling” charitable gifts

Afraid your nonprofit will miss out on donations due to the new tax law?

Click here to read how to use this law update to open discussions with your donors!

Julianne Buck
Julianne Buck

A small holiday experiment

What would happen if you gave everyone cash at Thanksgiving and told them to give it away by Christmas??

Click here to learn more!

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    Anyone can be a philanthropist.  Let us show you how!

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    Does your organization provide services in Grundy County?  If so, please consider applying for a grant.

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    Attorneys, CPAs, wealth managers...let us help you help your clients fulfill their charitable goals!

Click on an acorn to the right or left to learn more about what we can do for you!

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    About Us

    Who we are, where we've been, and where we're going!

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    Community Impact

    Only through stakeholder collaborations can true impact occur.  See who we hang out with and why!

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    Things we're doing to improve the quality of life in Grundy County!

Funds...designed by you

Do you have a passion for a particular charity or cause?  Do you want to leave a legacy?  Did you have a high income year and are looking for a tax offset?  Regardless of your reasons, we can help you design a fund that meets your needs and charitable goals.

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Donor Advised Funds

Our most flexible fund.  Give now, take the immediate tax deduction, and grant to any U.S.-based nonprofit whenever you choose.

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Designated Funds

You tell us your favorite charity and we automatically send them annual grants.  One and done!

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Field of Interest Funds

Like-minded donors pooling their money for collective impact.  Fine arts, education, historic preservation...the possibilities are endless!

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Scholarship Funds

Students of all ages can use help entering and completing their education.  Tell us your ideas and we'll handle the rest!

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Agency Endowments

Like your personal IRA, nonprofits can set up endowments to forever produce annual income for operations.

"Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

-- Warren Buffett


By making your fund permanent, it will grow over time and make annual grants...forever.

Any donor-designed fund can be endowed.  What a great way to leave a legacy!

Click here to learn more


Can your heirs get by with just 95% of your estate?
If so, please consider leaving just 5% of your estate to a donor-designed fund here at the Community Foundation of Grundy County.
Design now.  Fund later.  Give forever.

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."                            --Theodore Roosevelt