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Established Funds


Marvin ∙ Wilson Community Needs Fund

An Unrestricted Fund, Endowed
Marvin ∙ Wilson Community Needs Fund is funded by the Matthew Marvin Unrestricted Endowmdent and the Craig Wilson Trust.

This fund invites new donations, pooling them together as a “general” fund from which the Board of Directors grants to charitable organizations. This fund has donor appeal to those who understand the ever-changing nature of a community and the importance of having flexible financial resources to meet those needs. Gifts of all sizes are welcome, allowing anyone to meet their personal philanthropic goals. For those seeking to make a memorial gift for a loved one or in honor of a special event – this is a wonderful fund to consider. GIVE NOW

Dan and Nancy Schmitt Family Fund

A Donor Advised Fund, Endowed
In 2012 Dan and Nancy Schmitt, along with their daughters Angela Damin and Christina Hamm, established the Dan and Nancy Schmitt Family Endowment Fund. This fund is part of the permanent endowment of the Freeport Community Foundation with the purpose of distributing annual charitable contributions to non-profits in the Stephenson County area. Dan has been an active member of the Board of Directors and previously served as Foundation’s the Executive Director. GIVE NOW

Freeport Area Church Cooperative (FACC) Permanent Endowment Fund

This fund was established May 20, 2008 by retired Executive Director Mr. Dennis Bokemeier and the FACC Board of Directors. FACC is an organization of area churches that provide food, shelter and clothing to those in need. Anyone may donate to the Freeport Area Church Cooperative Endowment Fund. GIVE NOW

Ian Murphy-Mitchard Fund for Music & Arts

This fund was established in November 2009 by Ian’s mother Marilee Murphy Odendahl and step-father Ted Odendahl. Ian passionately believed in supporting artists and this fund was established in his memory by his friends and family. This fund supports nonprofit organizations located in Stephenson County that encourage artistic expression. Any individual or group can donate to the Ian Murphy-Mitchard Fund for Music & Arts. GIVE NOW

Luthin Family Endowment Fund

A Field of Interest Fund, Endowed
This fund was established in December 2016 by Richard E. Luthin. This fund supports funding for projects and programs of 501(c)(3) organizations supporting the residents of Freeport and Stephenson County, Illinois. Any individual or group can donate to the Luthin Family Endowment Fund. GIVE NOW

Northwest Illinois-Southwest Wisconsin Fund for Community Development

A Field of Interest Fund, Endowed
This Fund was established by John and Caryl Buford of Orangeville, IL in 2007. They believe in the benefits of endowment and want to inspire others to support local nonprofit organizations that provide programs or initiatives that will foster economic, environmental, and/or community development in communities geographically located in northwest Illinois and southwest Wisconsin. Grants will be awarded from the earned income when it reaches a substantial amount that a non-profit organization will benefit from the fund. GIVE NOW

RC Miller Agriculture and Land Conservation Fund

This Fund was created with memorial gifts designated for Robert “RC” Miller, a life-long resident of Freeport who passed away in September of 2007. He grew up on the family farm, engaged in professions that were related to agriculture most of his life, and was a proponent of good land conservation practices. The family chose to support Mr. Miller’s interests by creating a fund that would one day benefit organizations whose missions and work are related to agriculture and conservation in our community. GIVE NOW

The John M. Drogosz Youth Substance Abuse Prevention/Treatment Memorial Fund

The John M. Drogosz Memorial Fund was established in December 2010 by Dick and Marianne Drogosz, John’s parents, through their matching gift in response to the generous contributions of more than 200 donors. Grants made from this fund will be directed to nonprofit organizations with education, prevention and/or treatment programs focused on helping youth (ages 21 or younger) facing substance abuse issues in Stephenson, Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties. GIVE NOW

VOICES Sexual Assault and Prevention Fund

This endowment fund was established in 2010 by Assault & Abuse Services as a permanent endowment fund that provides an income stream in perpetuity for the organization. In July 2014, with the closing of Assault & Abuse Services of Stephenson County, VOICES of Stephenson County began offering advocacy and therapy services to victims of sexual assault and abuse in Stephenson County as well as prevention education for students. Today the organization provides a wide variety of coordinated services to female and male victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. GIVE NOW

RAMP Endowment Fund

This endowment fund was established by RAMP’s Board of Directors in 2011 as a permanent fund that provides an income stream in perpetuity for the organization. RAMP is a nonprofit, non-residential Center for independent living (CIL). RAMP empowers people with disabilities to realize there are no limits to what they can do. GIVE NOW

United Way of Northwest Illinois Endowment Fund

This endowment fund was established by United Way’s Board of Directors in 2012 as a permanent fund that provides an income in perpetuity for the organization. United Way of Northwest Illinois is a nonprofit agency that seeks to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. United Way raises, invests and leverages billions of dollars annually in philanthropic contributions to create and support innovative programs and approaches to generate sustained impact in local communities. GIVE NOW

Jeanette Lloyd Memorial Scholarship Fund

Jeannette Lloyd, long-time speech and drama teacher at Freeport High School, established this scholarship which is given to FHS seniors who have excelled in speech and drama. GIVE NOW