Peg left a 145-acre farm in her estate to fund charitable endeavors in the Seneca, Illinois, area.
The farm is located in Norman and Wauponsee Townships in Grundy County is now owned by the Community Foundation of Grundy dba Keep Grundy Growing, LLC. This is the first farm that the Foundation will continue to own rather than sell.
The land has one value and the crop production has a different value. It's the crop production value that will fund charitable endeavors in Seneca. The Foundation's half of the net income that will be made available for grantmaking is approximately $30,000 a year...forever.
Who are the decisionmakers?
Decision about farm management are made by the Foundation and their tenant farmers.
Decisions about how to use the fund for grantmaking in Seneca are made by a committee named by Peg in her estate documents. They are:
Fran Kasten, Chair
Mayor of Seneca - currently Jeff Olson
Superintendent of Seneca High School - currently Jim Carlson
Pastor of St. Patrick's Catholic Church - currently Fr. Ghislain Inai
(late) Bill Steep
What can the grants be used for?
Any nonprofit endeavor to improve the quality of life in Seneca. If you have ideas, please reach out to one of the members of the committee.
Who can apply for grants?
Any nonprofit serving (or wanting to serve) Seneca, Illinois. It can be existing organizations or nearby organizations who want to extend their services into town.