Community Foundation of Northern Illinois

Rockford, IL   |  www.cfnil.org

Mission

To serve as a catalyst for giving in order to attract, preserve, and grow an endowment for the current and future needs of the people of Northern Illinois.

Ruling year info

2001

President

Mr. Dan Ross

Main address

946 N 2nd St

Rockford, IL 61107 USA

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EIN

36-4402089

NTEE code info

Public Foundations (T30)

Community Foundations (T31)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) was founded in 1953 as the Rockford Community Trust. Today, CFNIL serves four counties in Northern Illinois (Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago) with the mission: to serve as a catalyst for giving in order to attract, preserve, and grow and endowment for the current and future needs of the people of Northern Illinois. We work to connect the charitable goals and intentions of donors with organizations and causes that make our community a healthier, safer, and more vibrant place to live. The nature of our work is long-term; the endowments we steward are designed to support the unique intent of each donor into perpetuity. A portion of our assets were made as unrestricted gifts. These gifts are distributed for charitable activities through our Community Grants Program, a program with six focus areas: Arts & Humanities; Education; Health; Human Services; Sustainable Communities; Youth & Families.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Grants

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois offers assistance to donors with their charitable giving plans including gifts of appreciated assets, charitable remainder trusts, donor advised funds, scholarship funds and other giving options. We administer several grant programs including the Community Grants Program, the Neighborhoods Grants Program, In Youth We Trust, and scholarship funds.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Health
Social and economic status
Work status and occupations

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Foundations Accredited

Accredited with National Standards for Community Foundations 2021

Give With Confidence - Charity Navigator 2021

Affiliations & memberships

Member, Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of organizations applying for grants

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes duplicated organizations who applied in multiple focus areas through the Community Grants Program.

Average grant amount

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Amounts reported are from the Community Grants Program. Averages are impacted by the number of multi-year commitments as well as average size of requests relative to the total number of applications.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Grants

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes participation from trustees, grant advisors, and scholarship advisors.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers include duplicated individuals who received multiple scholarships.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Founded in 1953, the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) is a regional leader in philanthropy. With more than $100 million in assets and more than 400 individual funds, CFNIL makes grants to charitable organizations and scholarships to local students. CFNIL's grant and scholarship programs are made possible by the generosity of CFNIL's donors.

Our donors come from all walks of life, but are united in their commitment to the community and the recognition that their charitable intentions will be preserved for generations to come through the power of endowment. Endowments at CFNIL are prudently invested and preserved as a way to provide permanent funding for community needs. Nearly 90% of CFNIL's assets are permanently endowed, meaning that those assets will serve Boone, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties in perpetuity.

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) has been creating endowments and honoring donor intent through grantmaking in the Rockford region since 1953. Early grants responded to community needs by funding the distribution of the polio vaccine and creating safe places for children to play. Since its founding, CFNIL has granted more than $73,000,000 for the benefit of the region. This has been made possible through the generosity of CFNIL’s donors—individuals, families and organizations committed to improving the region’s quality of life. Endowed gifts create reliable funding for current needs and future opportunities.

Unrestricted gifts supplement CFNIL's Community Grants Program, which provides grants for charitable activities in six focus areas: Arts & Humanities; Education; Health; Human Services; Sustainable Communities; Youth & Families. Of these six, Education comprises half of all the grantmaking made through this program.

Education has always been a priority of CFNIL. Historically, more than a quarter of CFNIL’s grant making has supported education programs, projects and events. A bequest from Dr. Louis and Violet Rubin has significantly increased CFNIL’s grant making capacity. With increased grant making capacity, CFNIL will provide strategic funding under the banner of Education Works, a grant strategy that invests in endowments for scholarships, after-school programs, and career awareness initiatives. CFNIL expects to allocate considerable funds to Education Works in the coming years. Proposals for Education Works can request any amount, but proposals requesting more than $75,000 will be evaluated for their alignment with Education Works.

CFNIL does not create programs, we respect the expertise of the nonprofits working in various sectors and ask them to identify community needs and solutions.

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) has been creating endowments and honoring donor intent through grantmaking in the Rockford region since 1953. With more than $100 million in assets and more than 400 individual funds, CFNIL makes grants to charitable organizations and scholarships to local students. CFNIL's grant and scholarship programs are made possible by the generosity of CFNIL's donors.

With 65 years of experience connecting donors with the causes they care about, we make giving easy. By creating an endowment donors can accomplish charitable goals, now and in perpetuity. As a partner in endowment CFNIL is a trustworthy and caring steward of charitable intentions and contributions.

Permanence

*An endowment is a sustaining gift. It can sustain institutions, causes, and scholastic opportunity. We believe in endowment. It is what we preach and what we practice.
*Our mission is to attract, preserve, and grow a permanent endowment for the needs of the people of Northern Illinois.
*An endowment will express your personal values while benefiting the community in your name forever. You may add to your fund at any time.

Local Expertise

*Our experienced staff is here to assist you.
*Our staff is based in Rockford and has a deep knowledge of the area, its people, and its needs.
*Choosing us to be your partner in endowment, means that you are supporting a local institution that will always serve and be located in Northern Illinois.
*We have more than 150 community volunteers who evaluate grant and scholarship applications. These experts know the community because they are the community.

Benefit

*We are a public charity, so gifts to CFNIL may qualify for maximum tax deductibility. CFNIL is able to accept an array of gifts, including cash, securities, and real assets.
*We provide prudent, ethical, and objective fulfillment of your charitable intentions.
*We invest for diversity and long-term growth.
*We combine individual endowments to reduce administrative costs.
*CFNIL retains the counsel of an experienced and independent investment consulting firm.
*Endowments can be named after yourself, a loved one, or a group or organization.

Simplicity

*Establishing a charitable legacy through an endowment or contributing to an existing endowment at the Community Foundation is easy.
*There are no upfront costs to creating an endowment.
*We are happy to talk to you, your family, and your financial and legal advisors as you consider creating an endowment.

Since 1953 CFNIL has fulfilled the charitable intentions of thousands of donors with millions of dollars of investment in the Northern Illinois region and beyond. In the instances where a formal agreement is executed between the donor and CFNIL, the fund agreement document spells out the donor’s charitable intent and the rules governing the administration of the endowment. CFNIL is proud to have consistently and thoroughly stewarded each donor's intent, each and every year.

Unrestricted donations are added to the fund which supports the CFNIL Community Grants Program. These funds are distributed through a formal process which is refined and strengthened every year by staff, and monitored and reviewed by the CFNIL Trustees and a team of community volunteers. The focus areas (Arts & Humanities; Education; Health; Human Services; Sustainable Communities; Youth & Families) and the priorities for each of the focus areas provide metrics by which CFNIL may measure success:

1. Arts & Humanities

CFNIL funding priorities are for those proposals that:

*Increase the availability of and access to artistic and cultural experiences, especially those that represent the diversity of our community’s culture
*Celebrate the region’s history and preserve historical integrity

2. Education

*Align with CFNIL’s Education Works guidelines
*Provide creative and systemic approaches to educational improvement
*Support the education of current and future medical professionals

3. Health

*Improve the quality of and access to health services
*Support community wellness
*Conduct research to promote the health and well-being of our community

4. Human Services

*Serve the basic needs of individuals and families
*Provide services to persons with disabilities, especially activities that promote inclusion

5. Sustainable Communities

*Promote neighborhood and economic development
*Support efforts to ensure safety and access to quality, affordable, and permanent housing
*Preserve our natural environment, especially activities that increase the region’s understanding and appreciation of the environment

6. Youth & Families

*Provide pathways to self-sufficiency
*Strengthen families
*Support intellectual, emotional, physical, and social development

Staff monitors post-grant reporting from every grantee which ensures alignment to proposal plans. Staff findings in this report process are shared with Trustees and volunteers. In the years to come, we intend to better quantify the efforts in each of these priority areas and to provide more quantitative and qualitative reporting on the efforts of our grantees. Additionally, we will provide more reporting on the successes and challenges of the EducationWorks strategic investment effort.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Community Foundation of Northern Illinois

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Erin Maggio-Calkins

Robert W. Baird & Company

Erin Maggio-Calkins

Robert W. Baird & Company

Cheryl Balsam

Retired - Hyzer, Hyzer & Jacobs

Joanna Bares

Rockford University

Judith Barnard

Market Works

Edward Clift

Remax Professional Advantage

Russ Dennis

Leading Edge Hydraulics

Derek Dreier

SPX Flow Inc.

Joyce Higgins

African-American Resource Center at Booker

John Kehoe

Retired - Mercyhealth

Becky Kendall

Rockford Regional Health Council

Kathy Kwiat-Hess

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

William Reilly II

Reilly Law Offices

Roger Reithmeier

Retired - BVR Manufacturing

Stephen Schmeling

Schmeling Construction, Co.

Dayton Smith, III

DBS Accounting

M. Beth Thacker

Northwestern Mutual

Sherry Gaumond

Larson & Darby Group

Karen Schiller

Winnebago County CASA

Beth Howard

Friends of the Coronado / Rockford Coronado Concert Association

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/9/2021,

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