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

Devan's August column: Hoarding requires mental health help

August 17, 2017   About four years ago, the issue of hoarding was brought to the attention of several organizations in Grundy County, which prompted the Community Foundation of Grundy County to provide a grant that allowed the creation of a hoarding task force led by a counselor from the Grundy County Health Department.   …

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GC2 December 1st: What will Grundy County look like in 10 years?

2017 Grundy County Growth Conference 2027 What Will Grundy County Look Like in 10 Years? Jobs, Housing, Roads What Planning Decisions Do You Need to Make?   Friday, December 1, 2017 8:00 am to Noon Moose Lodge 967 3835 N. IL Route 47, Morris (1/2 mile south of Illinois River Bridge) Presenters Grundy County Labor …

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Julie's August MHN column: Get ready for charitable gift planning

We are excited to invite all professional advisers in the region to a free workshop to earn CEUs on Wednesday, Sept. 27. The 25th annual Estate and Charitable Gift Planning Institute is a national event hosted locally to teach the finer details of planning estate gifts. The Continuing Education Units are available for attorneys, accountants, …

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Philanthropy isn’t about us, it’s about improving the county

by Julianne Buck Executive Director August 3, 2017   Well, it finally happened. After years of wishing and promising, we finally got to New Hampshire to see Jim Baum’s mountain. Yes, Jim Baum bought a mountain. Well, it’s part of a mountain – 250 acres on the eastern slope of Moose Mountain just outside of Hanover, …

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