Appreciating Our Donors and Partners

The past twelve months have been especially exciting for the Foundation!


One year ago we hosted our first-ever “Donor & Partner Appreciation Night” where we announced that we had changed our name to the Community Foundation of Grundy County.


Since then we have completed Phase II of our Communityworks initiative, which would not have been possible without the support of the area businesses who made three-year pledges to the Communityworks Endowment.


Last fall we moved into Phase III of Communityworks, which includes a gift of $2 million from the Grand Victoria Foundation.  Phase III of Communityworks also includes the creation of “action hubs” to increase the collaboration around the state on the issues of early childhood care & education, workforce development, and land use & protection.


Our donor services have become more popular – we now house 32 funds of varying types, including Donor Advised Funds, field of interest funds, and agency funds.  Some are endowed and some are pass-through.


Last November we added two staff and in February we had a ribbon cutting at our new office at 102 Liberty Street in downtown Morris.


On top of all of that, 2009 is the 10th anniversary of the Foundation.  This year we are focusing on our “10 for 10 – Ten projects in 2009 to celebrate the Foundation’s 10th anniversary.”  We are very proud of our work to identify and address issues in Grundy County in order to maintain and improve our area’s quality of life.


So to celebrate the past year’s accomplishments as well as our 10th anniversary, the Community Foundation of Grundy County is excited to announce our second annual “Donor and Partner Appreciation Night” on Friday, May 1st, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Morris Country Club.  Invitations were mailed, but you are welcome to attend if you want to help us celebrate!  All we ask is that you RSVP by calling 815-941-0852 or e-mail [email protected]


We hope to see you Friday night!




“10 for 10 – Ten projects in 2009 to celebrate the Foundation’s 10th anniversary”


  1. “Jump Start” grant to support families with young children
  2. Birth to Five Network
  3. One-on-one visits with area professionals who serve families with young children
  4. Grundy Transit Stakeholders
  5. Speakers Series for area high schools
  6. 941-HELP
  7. Collaborate with area agencies to form a “Center for Working Families”
  8. Grundy County Growth Conference (GC2)
  9. Grundy County Area Planners (in partnership with the Grundy Economic Development Council)
  10. Grant to The Conservation Foundation to increase awareness of conservation tools