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We're here to help you give back to your community in a personal, meaningful, and impactful way. We help you make your vision for a better community a reality. We specialize in helping you create a fund or contribute to an existing fund for a cause you care about.  We can also provide guidance in determining where community needs are greatest to help increase the impact of your charitable giving. 

It's YOUR Community Foundation. Give YOUR way.

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An endowment helps create stability for a nonprofit and helps ensure its long-term future. Nonprofit organizations can establish an agency endowment at the Community Foundation. It's a simple and efficient way to build an endowment. Donors can make gifts to a nonprofit's endowment to invest in the organizations future.


By establishing a field of interest fund, you can target your giving to address needs in an important area of community life. You identify your personal interest area when making your gift; our board awards grants to community organzations and programs that are making a difference in the area you select. Your gift stays flexible enough to meet community needs in your interest area, even as those needs change over time.

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Establishing a designated fund allows you to support the good work of a specific nonprofit organization such as senior care, museum, or any other nonprofit charitable organization. Because its given through the Community Foundation, your gift provides the organization you select not only funding but also planned giving and investment management services, and the power of endowment.


Your donor-advised fund allows you to stay involved in your gift. You begin by making a gift to the Community Foundation to establish your donor advised fund. You can work with our team to suggest ongoing uses for the fund, targeting issues and causes you care about. Grants are made to charities in the name of the fund (or anonymously if you prefer). A simple, powerful and personal way to give.


A scholarship is an investment in your community's future and shows students their efforts matter. The Community Foundation provides the expertise to help you meet your personal goals and award scholarships to deserving students. You can help students from preschool to post-graduate achieve their dreams.


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Confidential Services

All information concerning prospective donors and current donors is confidential. Donor requests for anonymity will always be honored. Public announcements and publicity about gifts are the responsibility of the Community Foundation of Jo Daviess County. Donors or members of a desceased donor's immediate family and their advisors will be consulted and approve making their gift public. Exceptions to this confidence will be made when the Community Foundation of Jo Daviess County is required by law to make information available to the Internal Revenue Service, other federal agencies, and/or state agencies.

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