Julianne Buck

Julianne Buck has spent her adult career in the nonprofit and government arenas. For the past 15 years she has been the first and only Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Grundy County. She has taken the Foundation’s assets from $0 to $8 million and has ingrained the Foundation as a partner throughout the region. The Community Foundation of Grundy County improves the quality of life in Grundy County through leadership and philanthropy. Julianne works with donors to achieve their charitable goals plus leads the charge to convene a number of networks to assure others are collaborating around issues of concern. She also serves on the Grundy County Drug Court team. Prior to the Foundation, Ms. Buck was deeply involved in the disability rights community for a number of years, especially as an enforcer of the Illinois Accessibility Code while working in the Office of Illinois Attorney General. Julianne’s greatest strength is “Servant Leadership” – helping other nonprofits realize their full capacity. Outside of work she puts these skills to work by being a Scout leader, band booster mom, musician, and amateur thespian. Julianne is married to Ken Buck, Superintendent of the Grundy County Veterans Assistance Commission. Their sons are Ken and Landon, both of whom were involved in Scouts and band and are now college students.

Julianne Buck

Scholarship tip

It’s that time of year when high school seniors fill out scholarship applications and get asked all sorts of questions about their high school career. TIP: Start a log freshman year and track awards, compliments from teachers, volunteer activities, leadership roles, extracurricular such as sports, band, and speech team, plus activities outside of school such …

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“Grudge Match” benefits Grundy & Will charities

Joliet, Ill. — December 6, 2018   Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway’s charitable entity, Racing Advocates for Community Enrichment (R.A.C.E.), donated $52,809 in grants to 31 deserving Chicagoland  community organizations in 2018 at today’s seventh annual luncheon to honor those  organizations. In addition to the gifts mentioned above, $148,532 distributed by Chicagoland Speedway and …

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Using tax law changes to talk with your donors

by Julianne Buck Executive Director Community Foundation of Grundy County   As a taxpayer, I’m sure you’ve heard about the changes in the tax law that expands the limits for standard deductions to $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for married filing jointly. This means that most of us won’t itemize because we don’t have that …

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