The Community Foundation of Jo Daviess County fosters giving and invests in communities in Northwest Illinois. At the Community Foundation of Jo Daviess County, we strengthen the communities in our county by inspiring community members to give, making grants to strengthen nonprofits, and investing in long-term community initiatives.
WE FOSTER GIVING TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF PEOPLE
IN NORTHWESTERN ILLINOIS.
A GROWING AND SUSTAINABLE COUNTY WITH RESOURCES
AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL.
Our work will ensure CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENT in communities and in
the lives of people in our region.
We embrace DIVERSITY, EQUITY, and INCLUSION.
We value INFORMED AND COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP.
We pursuee more EFFECTIVE CHANGE through EXCELLENCE and INNOVATION
Eric & his wife Carolyn moved to Galena in 1996. Just a few months earlier, they had visited on their first anniversary and knew this is where they would put down roots and start a family. Eric is a social entrepreneur who has started 4 companies, 2 nonprofits, and launched numerous community initiatives. After 20 years in executive retail management and 10 years in philanthropy, Eric launched his own firm to help people in nonprofits, schools, and local governments work better together. Meanwhile, Eric and Carolyn are proud to have raised two amazing sons, Jack and Jake, here in Jo Daviess County.
Bridgette Stocks, a Jo Daviess County native from Apple River, has a passion for celebrating the abundance and uniqueness of our region. Bridgette works for Fehr Graham, a top Engineering & Environmental firm headquartered in Freeport, Illinois. Her work focuses on assessing the needs of communities and working with them to match funding sources with those identified needs. She is an accomplished community development professional with a unique combination of technical funding expertise, program administration, public administration, and project management experience. Bridgette is also the Owner/Editor of SCOUT, a regional digital magazine and multi-media showcase for all things local.
Joel is the CEO and Director of Apple River State Bank and First Community Bank of Galena. He has been in banking for 30 years in Jo Daviess County and also operates a small family farming operation in Scales Mound. Joel is President of Thompson and Guilford Mutual Ins. Co., Vice President of Community Development Fund of Galena, and a Board member of Midwest Medical Center. Community involvement activities include Galena Elks, Galena Rotary, Galena FFA Alumni and Supporters, Highland College Foundation, Community Foundation of Jo Daviess County. Joel's family consists of his wife Joellen, 3 children attending Galena School District. Joel attended Scales Mound High School, Highland Community College, Western Illinois University.
Erin Murphy is a life-long resident of Hanover, IL. Illinois graduating from Hanover High School and attending Loras College. Erin got her start as a server at Chestnut Mountain Resort as a server and rose to the position of General Manager. Erin is active in the Jo Daviess County community; a member of the St John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Hanover and member of the finance committee. Erin is a member of Hanover’s Village Board, a director on the Hanover Chamber of Commerce Board, and a member of the Mallardfest committee. Erin has also served on the Board of the JoDaviess County CVB and Hanover Ambulance Board of Directors.
John and his wife Marge have lived in Jo Daviess County for more than 30 years. They are very involved in the community, supporting the work of nonprofit organizations and community initiatives. John is the Founder and Chairman of the Board for Prairie Ridge of Galena, a 64-unit Senior Living and Memory Care community in Galena, IL. He is a retired Senior Vice President of McDonald’s Corporation. During his 30-year career at McDonalds he built the Corporations office building in Oak Brook, IL including an 81-acre campus with a training center, Hamburger University, and conference center.
Kathy is the Director of Transportation for Jo Daviess County Transit. Jo Daviess County Transit is operated by The Workshop and provides over 4,000 rides a month to the citizens of Jo Daviess County. Kathy is also the Owner and Operator of Sullivan’s Antiques and Sullivan’s Laundromat on Hanover’s Main Street in Hanover, IL. After graduating from Illinois State University, Kathy worked for both the Chicago White Sox and the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. Kathy and her husband, professional comedian, Steve Moris, both agree that the best decision they ever made was moving back to Hanover to raise their son, Stevie.
Tom Heidenreich is a native of Stockton, where he has raised a family, farmed, and volunteered. He has two children, grand and great grandchildren. He resides on a generational farm. Tom’s community service spans fifty plus years and includes recreational, fraternal, religious, historical, farm, and mutual insurance commitments. After county zoning was approved he was appointed to the newly formed planning commission. There he participated in formulating the mission statement, land evaluation site assessment and comprehensive plans for Jo Daviess county. He has served in leadership and board member roles in many of these organizations.
Jennifer grew up in the Milwaukee area and came to Dubuque to attend Loras College. She was drawn to this quaint area of the country and decided to stay and pursue my love of Marketing in the Tri-States. I visited Galena one day with some friends from work and that’s all it took… I was smitten with the town. I moved to Galena in the Spring of 1992.