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.
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GIVE TO A FUND
You can make a gift to any of the funds listed below by making a gift online
or by mailing a check. Just make your check to:
Community Foundation of Jo Daviess County
PO BOX 77
Elizabeth IL 61028
Please be sure to put the fund name in the memo
JO DAVIESS COUNTY FUTURE FUND
The Future Fund supports future needs in Jo Daviess County in areas of need such as family economic security, education, and community development. Each year, the Future Fund provides grants to nonprofits and charitable causes that serve Jo Daviess County communities.
JO DAVIESS COUNTY YOUTH FUND
The Jo Daviess County Youth Fund was started with a $50,000 gift from an anonymous donor in 2019. The fund supports efforts to ensure children and youth are healthy, ready to learn, succeeding in school, and empowered to contribute to the growth and vitality of our communities in Jo Daviess County.
BLACK HAWK PARK DISTRICT FOUNDATION
The Black Hawk Park District Foundation is raising funds to replace the pool. The fund will also ensure needed funding is in place for park improvements and, recreation and leisure activities now and in the future for the communities served by the Black Hawk Park District.
ELIZABETH COMMUNITY FUND
The Elizabeth Community Fund was started by members of the Elizabeth IL community who pooled $10,000 to start the fund. The fund will support the charitable work of nonprofit organizations that build or expand opportunities for citizens in 5 areas of focus: education, family economic security, community development, recreation & play, and the arts, in order to improve the lives of people in Elizabeth, IL.
ELIZABETH HISTORICAL SOCIETY FUND
The Elizabeth Historical Society Fund was started with a $200,000 gift thanks to the generosity Virginia Klopf Holiday, a local donor and long-time supporter of the Elizabeth Historical Society. The fund will support the Elizabeth Historical Society’s preservation efforts at their two museums and programming to celebrate the history of Elizabeth
and Jo Daviess County.
GALENA - AGEN FRIENDSHIP CITIES FUND
The Galena-Agen Friendship Cities Fund supports the work of the Galena-Agen Friendship Cities Program. Gifts to the fund make cultural, educational, and occupational exchanges possible between Galena, Illinois, USA, and Agen, France, through Sister Cities International.
HARLAN & MARILYN SPIROFF FUND
Harlan & Marilyn Spiroff started their own Donor Advised Fund as a way to give back to their community in Jo Daviess County. Their Donor Advised Fund allows them to make gifts into their fund in any amount, and to make grants from their fund to causes they care about.
JDLF GIVES FUND
The JDLF Gives Fund was started with a gift from Jo Daviess County Local Foods. The fund supports the work of JDLF Gives an initiative that expands access to sustainable local food for the benefit of our community, economy, and environment. JDLF Gives envisions healthier communities by connecting residents with local food, teaching them about the benefits of nutritious food, and showing them how to prepare that food.
JO DAVIESS COUNTY WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT FUND
This fund supports the work of the Jo Daviess County Water Resource Management Planning Committee to protect and preserve water resources in our County by updating, promoting and implementing the Jo Daviess County Water Resource Management Plan.
PRAIRIE RIDGE OF GALENA FOUNDATION
The Prairie Ridge of Galena Foundation Fund was started in memory of John Cooke III.
John was the founder of Prairie Ridge of Galena. His passion for the needs of memory care patients inspired Prairie Ridge of Galena to start the foundation in his memory. This fund will support efforts to find treatments and a cure for memory-related diseases and support the education & training of caregivers for memory care patients.
BETTER DAYS SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The Better Days Scholarship was started by Stephanie Cocagne to encourage more students to enter the counseling or social work fields. This fund provides educational scholarships for students graduating from any high school in Jo Daviess County with an interest in pursuing the counseling or social work fields.
ROGER L. STODDARD SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Rodger L. Stoddard believed in family, fun, and helping others. In his memory, Roger’s family and friends created a scholarship fund at the Community Foundation of Jo Daviess County to honor Rogers’s fun-loving spirit and commitment to giving back to his community.
Scholarship Awards will be given each year to one student graduating from each of the following schools with plans to attend a technical training, trade school, community college, 4-year college, or university: River Ridge High School, Stockton High School, Warren High School, CTE Academy. A total of 4 scholarships, 1 student per school will be awarded each year.
SANDRA ZINK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
In December 2019, Sandra Zink passed away suddenly. Sandra taught Sciences at the Galena High School for many years helping her students not only in the Sciences but also in their everyday life to provide them a path for their future. In her memory, Sandra’s family and friends created a scholarship fund to honor Sandra’s generous nature, her kind heart, and her love for science & education.
The scholarship fund is supported by the Galena Federation of Teachers and will provide scholarships to students graduating from Galena Highschool with an interest in pursuing the sciences or education fields.
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.