EIN 36-4402089

Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL)

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The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois' (CFNIL) mission is to attract, preserve, and grow an endowment for the current and future needs of the people of Northern Illinois.
Also known as...
Community Foundation of Northern Il
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Program areas at CFNIL

Cfnil managed 536 funds established for charitable purposes during 2022. Management of the funds includes prudent investment and the establishment of a spending policy. The organization manages a grant making process that includes the convening of Community volunteers to advise the Foundation on grant making decisions consistent with the intentions of donors as documented in the fund agreements.continued on schedule ocfnil 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 distributed thousands of grants 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. Cfnil does not create programs, we respect the expertise of nonprofit professionals working in various sectors and the people they serve in our communities to identify needs and solutions.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. Over one hundred Community volunteers make up the committees which review proposals and recommend recipients to cfnil's board of trustees.cfnil's youth philanthropy program, in youth we trust (iywt), provides grants for programs and services which specifically benefit youth in our Community. The applications are created, promoted, and reviewed by the iywt council, a group of high school-aged students. The neighborhood grants program is administered in partnership with nw homestart, a nonprofit housing advocacy agency, and provides grants to neighbor-led and neighborhood-serving projects. Cfnil administers a robust scholarship program with over 100 unique scholarship funds. The diversity of cfnil's scholarship program reflects the diversity of our donors and the students the funds serve; there are awards for students of all backgrounds, experiences, and educational aspirations. Many scholarships have living donors who participate in the scholarship selection process. Over 140 volunteers participate in scholarship selection committees, reviewing hundreds of applications and recommending recipients to cfnil's board of trustees.many of cfnil's funds are designated by donors for specific causes, programs, or organizations. Each year cfnil calculates the distributable income of these funds and makes grants to the beneficiaries. It is cfnil's privilege to administer these funds, which are governed by formal agreements which spell out the donors' charitable intent. Cfnil is proud to consistently and thoroughly steward each donor's intent, each and every year, for the benefit of dozens of organizations and generations of residents in Northern Illinois.

Grants made by CFNIL

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Rockford UniversityFor Purposes As Specified in A Grant Application, Fund Agreement Or Gift Instrument$268,695
Zion Development CorporationFor Purposes As Specified in A Grant Application, Fund Agreement Or Gift Instrument$209,123
Illinois Growth EnterprisesFor Purposes As Specified in A Grant Application, Fund Agreement Or Gift Instrument$208,805
...and 83 more grants made totalling $3,478,324

Who funds Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL)

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Willard J and Alice C Corbett Charitable TrustProgram Support$505,320
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift FundFor Grant Recipient's Exempt Purposes$62,100
Willard J and Alice C Corbett FoundationProgram Support$37,263
...and 9 more grants received

Personnel at CFNIL

Dan RossPresident$161,582
Dayton SmithAssistant Treasurer / Board Member$0
Kathy Kwiat-HessChairperson / Vice Chair / Board Member$0
Edward CliftAssistant Treasurer / Board Member$0
Stephen SchmelingVice Chairperson / Board Member$0
...and 5 more key personnel

Financials for CFNIL

RevenuesFYE 12/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$6,855,938
Program services$122,503
Investment income and dividends$2,912,839
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$451,823
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$88,262
Total revenues$10,431,365

Form 990s for CFNIL

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-122023-11-09990View PDF
2021-122022-08-22990View PDF
2020-122021-12-13990View PDF
2020-062021-05-05990View PDF
2019-062020-09-25990View PDF
...and 9 more Form 990s
Data update history
January 20, 2024
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
January 20, 2024
Updated personnel
Identified 3 new personnel
October 25, 2023
Received grants
Identified 7 new grant, including a grant for $505,320 from Willard J and Alice C Corbett Charitable Trust
August 10, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2021
June 27, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
Nonprofit Types
Grantmaking organizationsCommunity foundationsCharities
EducationCommunity improvement
Operates donor advised fundsProvides grantsLobbyingState / local levelEndowed supportCommunity engagement / volunteeringProvides scholarshipsTax deductible donations
General information
946 N Second St
Rockford, IL 61107
Metro area
Rockford, IL
Website URL
(815) 962-2110
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Form 990
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Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
T31: Community Foundations
NAICS code, primary
813211: Grantmaking Foundations
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