Satellite offices for area non-profits


Julianne Buck

Executive Director

August 25, 2015


Hopefully by now you’ve heard that the Community Foundation of Grundy County is moving offices. As of September 1st, our address will be 520 W. Illinois Avenue in Morris.


Does that address sound familiar?? It used to be We Care’s condo in the Canalport Community Center at the far west end of Illinois Avenue. The CCC is a non-profit hub. Our neighbors are the Grundy County Historical Society, the Christian Youth Center of Morris, the Morris Theatre Guild, and Grundy Community Volunteer Hospice.


In our first years, the Foundation was in about 600 square feet on the 2nd floor of the Baum Building. In 2009 we moved to our current location at 102 Liberty – with about twice the space. Now we’re moving into what should be our permanent home as it’s a purchase rather than rent. AND about 3,500 square feet!


So what will we do with all this space?? This is the exciting part – we have built three satellite offices for non-profits to rent at low cost.


The first offers are going out to agencies who serve Grundy County but are based elsewhere. It is our mission to improve the quality of life in Grundy County through leadership and philanthropy, so our goal is to offer this low-cost, part-time rental space to agencies who otherwise wouldn’t have office space in Grundy. By having them here, it helps our residents by not making them travel to services outside of Grundy County – the services will be offered closer to home.


Each of the three offices is about 8’x10’ and will be available at $10 per half day and $20 per full day. So if an agency wants to rent one for three mornings a week, that would be $120 per month (3 mornings x $10/day x 4 weeks). Similarly, a full-time rental will be $400 per month.


Each rental office will have access to a small conference room (3-4 people), free internet access, storage, and parking. Renters will be able to use the copier/printer and pay per usage. Phone usage will also be a case-by-case basis depending on whether the agency wants to forward a phone line or use staff cell phones.


If you know of a not-for-profit that would like office space in Morris, please share this information. Our plan is to keep the rental price low so that non-profit budgets are spent on programs rather than overhead.


Our condo also includes management of the Community Conference Room which seats 20-25 people, plus it has A/V equipment and a conference phone. This room is available at no charge to all members of the community, so please call us at 815-941-0852 to check availability.


It’s been a wild summer with tornado response and condo remodeling, so we are happy to see at least this part wind down! We will have an open house for the community in October (let’s get through Corn Festival first!) and we invite you come see our new space!


In the meantime, if you have any questions about our services or the non-profit rentals, please be sure to contact us at 815-941-0852 or [email protected]. If you are a non-profit wanting a tour, please stop by 520 W. Illinois Avenue starting next Tuesday!