Recognizing the Impact of Community Foundations

Freeport CF

November 12–18, 2015

Community Foundation Week


Freeport Community Foundation Participates in National Effort to Highlight Local Impact of Philanthropy


During the week of November 12-18, 2015, Freeport Community Foundation will join more than 700 community foundations across America celebrating Community Foundation Week. For more than 25 years, the effort has raised awareness about the increasingly important role of these philanthropic organizations in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges.

“Community foundations impact lives, solve problems, and improve futures,” said Daniel Schmitt, Executive Director. “As many residents grapple with limited resources and a growing need for services, we are more determined than ever to bring our community partners together to find innovative and effective solutions for some of our most challenging social problems.”

Community foundations are independent, public entities that steward philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors to local nonprofits that are the heart of strong, vibrant communities.  In 2015 the Freeport Community Foundation has provided over $74,000 in Grant funds to 19 not-for profits in Northwest Illinois.

Community foundations represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy. Every state in the United States is home to at least one community foundation—large and small, urban and rural—working to advance solutions on a wide range of social issues. Community foundations grant funds to a wide variety of causes—health and human services, the arts, education, and civic projects.

Community foundations offer donors many services and benefits. They routinely work with families, individuals, attorneys and estate and financial planners to design gift plans that fit every economic situation, ensuring that donors receive the most benefit from their charitable contributions and that their philanthropic dollars are used to the fullest extent.

Community Foundation Week, created in 1989 by former president George H.W. Bush, recognizes the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address community problems.

The Freeport Community Foundation has a 40-year history as a community-based charitable organization guided by community leaders that are dedicated to providing financial solutions for current and future community needs.

If you would like more information on this topic or to schedule an interview, please contact Dan Schmitt at 815-801-3035 or email Dan at [email protected].