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Fund Name Description
Bridgewater Family Charitable Fund Established to support charitable organizations
Dave King Memorial Fund Created to share and bring Dave's love of music to future generations in need.
Dennis & Georgia Hess Fund Established to support charitable organizations.
Florence McMullen Fund Established to support women to enhance workplace skills.
Johnson Downs Fund Established to support charitable organizations.
Rebecca Schatz Memorial Fund Fund to memorialize Rebecca and her love for the arts and nonprofit organizations.
Robert Dunn Fund For the support of such charitable, religious, scientific, education purposes and organizations in the Greater Kankakee River Valley Area.
Bonfield EUMC Pass Through Fund For the support of the Bonfield Evangelical United Methodist Church
Bourbonnais Twp Park District Fund Fund established to preserve open space, develop park and recreation programs, and support the Exploration Station, Recreation Station, and Willowhaven Interpretive Center.
Coalition for Hope Excellance Education Fund
Communityworks Endowment Fund Provides annual grants for projects improving the quality of life in areas of land use & protection, workforce development, and early childhood education.
Helen Wheeler Fund Annual income benefits this non-profit agency providing services to the community.
Herscher Area Historical Society Fund To support programs and projects of the Herscher Area Historical Society and Museum.
Hospice Special Wish Fund Funds used to fulfill special needs for Hospice patients and families that improve their quality of life.
Kankakee Area YMCA Endowment Fund Benefits the YMCA and its extensive activities with youth.
Kankakee County Museum Fund For programs of the Museum and Kankakee County Historical Society.
Kankakee Development Fund For educational and commercial purposes in the Greater Kankakee River Valley Area.
Kankakee Library Fund Income each year for special projects outside their budget, such as programs by noted authors.
Kankakee Valley Park District Fund Fund to develop capital projects, to enhance landscaping throughout the parks, provide educational grants, and provide grants for families in need of recreational services.
Operating Endowment Endowment Fund to provide income for the Community Foundation's annual administrative expenses.
Potawatomi Paddlers Association, Inc Pass Through Fund The Potawatomi Paddlers Association, Inc Pass Through Fund was established to support the efforts of the Paddlers such as purchasing and installing ADA accessible kayak docks along the Kankakee & Iroquois Rivers.
River Conservation Fund Fund to assist organizations dedicated to the protection of the Kankakee River system, the conservation of natural resources and native species, and to enhance public use and appreciation of the River.
Riverfront Trail Fund Fund to support the development of the Riverfront Trailways of Kankakee County.
River Roundtable Fund
Rosie Fund Benefits women throughout the Greater Kankakee County area who have needs not covered by standard programs. Grants are given to non-profit agencies.
Success by Six Fund-Iroquois To promote early childhood education activities in Iroquois County.
Success by Six Fund-Kankakee To promote early childhood education activities in Kankakee County.
United Way of Iroquois County Fund For the benefit of Iroquois County.
United Way of Kankakee Fund Provides a way to ensure the necessary resources are available for community collaborative efforts, continued program funding, and mobilization of volunteers.
Wright in Kankakee Fund Contributions will be used for educational purposes by providing funding for the operation and purchase of the B. Harley Bradley House.
Zonta Endowment Income to improve the legal, economic, and professional status of women in the greater Kankakee County Area.
Field of Interest
Fine Arts Fund For fine arts programs including dance, music, painting, sculpture, and theatre.
African American Civic Leaders Scholarship Scholarship established to assist African-American high school seniors that wish to continue their education at an accredited college, university, trade school, or apprenticeship program.
Erica Lynn Paulissen Scholarship Fund The Paulissen Family created the Erica Lynn Paulissen Scholarship Fund to honor her legacy and further the educational opportunities of local graduating seniors. While managing the Maple Street Dairy Queen and growing her own beauty and wellness business with ItWorks, Erica was just 5 classes away from a dual Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting and Finance from Governor's State university. An officer of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Erica was driven overall to succeed as a female entrepreneur and support those around her in discovering their purpose. Erica's lifelong passions for literature, music and world culture were undeniable as you got to know her. During her short life, Erica dedicated her energy to developing a sense of pride and purpose that will continue to inspire. Erica's focus, maturity, warmth, and intelligence will be her legacy.
Herscher High School Scholarship The Herscher School District #2 Board of Education has established a pass-through fund to provide financial support for educational pursuits to Herscher High School Seniors. Scholarship will be awarded to qualified, deserving students. The amount of the award will be based on the established scholarship funds created by the contributing individuals, families, and corporations to the specific scholarships listed under this fund.
Herscher Senior of the Month Scholarship Two $100 awards are offered each month during the school year, one from the State Bank of Herscher in conjunction with The Herscher Foundation and the other one from a local business or community members(s).
Locke Scholarship Endowment For students who reside in Kankakee County and attend an institution of higher learning.
The Riley Family Vocational Scholarship Scholarship awarded to a Herscher High School senior who plans to go to a trade school.
Women in Networking Scholarship Scholarship provided through the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce's Women In Networking Committee for women who live or work in the Kankakee River Valley Area.
Community Development Fund For the benefit of charitable and educational purposes which are consistent with the mission and purpose of the Community Foundation.
Community Stewardship Fund Fund to provide grants to meet ever-changing community needs.
COVID-19 Community Response Fund The Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley and the United Way of Kankakee & Iroquois Counties in partnership have activated the COVID-19 Community Response Fund for the community’s response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The fund was started with a commitment of $10,000 initiated from the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors. The Community Foundation will then match up to $100,000 in donations to the COVID-19 Community Response Fund. “Kankakee and Iroquois County residents are counting on the United Way and Community Foundation to come together to help our local community during this very difficult time. Partnering together, we can make a greater impact. This local COVID-19 Response Fund, will provide one place for individuals, philanthropists, community leaders, corporations, and foundations to contribute,” said Nicole Smolkovich, Executive Director for the Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley. Every donation to this community fund will impact and support the organizations that are ensuring our neighbors can access basic needs in this time of crisis. Together, the United Way and The Community Foundation will deploy the resources to nonprofit organizations who have filled out an online application requesting funds. “As we individually take steps to protect our own families, workplaces and neighborhoods from the effects of the virus, let’s not forget the impact this will have on our local neighbors. Missing paychecks, the inability to pay rent, and a lack of access to food and essential supplies are realities that many of our neighbors will have to face in the coming months. We hope that you will consider a generous donation to support the agencies that are working to ensure families can access basic needs in this time of crisis,” said Kerstin Rust, Executive Director for United Way of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties.
Project SUN Project SUN represents a family-driven system of care model offering all youth (0-21) and their families in Kankakee County multiple access points to a comprehensive, integrated mental health care system aimed at meeting the needs of the whole child.
Other Funds