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Freeport Community Foundation

For a Stronger Northwest Illinois

aka The Foundation for Northwest Illinois   |   Freeport, IL   |  www.fornwil.org

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Mission

Empowering nonprofits to develop solutions that help Northwest Illinois communities thrive.

Ruling year info

2014

CEO

Michelle DeHaven Quast

Main address

1525 S Forest Rd Suite 200

Freeport, IL 61032 USA

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EIN

30-0080762

NTEE code info

Community Foundations (T31)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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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?

Northwest Illinois Nonprofit Alliance

The Northwest Illinois Nonprofit Alliance (NINA) exists to enrich local communities by strengthening the nonprofit sector through communication, collaboration, professional development, and networking opportunities, all to maximize local impact. It is supported and staffed by The Foundation for Northwest Illinois and its volunteers.

NINA is a free, membership-based program of The Foundation for Northwest Illinois. We offer members a variety of benefits, including training, access to resources, and networking opportunities.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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

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

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

We identify, activate and support donors and community partners who strive to improve the quality of life for everyone throughout Northwest Illinois.

We do this by continuing to build a permanent source of charitable funding, cultivating strategic relationships, professional advisors and community organizations. We inspire new donors by sharing compelling stories of giving, educating and connecting donors to nonprofit organizations whose needs match the donor's interests.

The Foundation for Northwest Illinois (Freeport Community Foundation) is a nonprofit organization that manages and administers more than $5,000,000 in assets. Donations to the funds are tax-deductible and grants from the funds are distributed to nonprofit organizaitons throughout the region.

Since 1975, The Foundation has proudly served our region by connecting people with the causes they care about most. And through our annual grant cycle and training we provide via the Northwest Illinois Nonprofit Alliance, we play a key role in addressing quality of life for residents in Northwest Illinois.

In partnership with generous donors and community partners, The Foundation is working to ensure a bright future for Northwest Illinois. The Foundation is a respected convener and facilitator for important community issues such as food insecurity and community development broadly.

We are a vehicle for charitable giving. When you make your tax-deductible gift to The Foundation, you directly impact the charitable organizations or projects of your choice.

Our staff is passionate about the work of The Foundation and eager to answer any questions. Please contact us.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Freeport Community Foundation

Board of directors
as of 05/15/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Matt Moyer

Citizens State Bank

Term: 2025 - 2022

Sam Schaible

HIghland Community College

Jenny Blocker

Benning Group, LLC

Kim Rampenthal

Retired

Nicholas Grindey

Fehr Graham

Kelly Myers

Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation

Josh King-Slowinski

The Muse on Cedar Creek

Yvette Sellers

Northern Illinois Food Bank

Andrew Stewart

Lucas Group CPAs, LLC

Judd Thruman

Fishburn Whiton Thruman Ltd

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? Yes
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/15/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/15/2024

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.