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Compeer Financial, working through their Agriculture and Rural Initiative at the Chicago Community Trust, notified SRCCF President Pamela Beckett that Compeer Financial will be making a $7,500 donation for COVID-19 Relief Efforts. The gift is intended to help the Foundation respond to COVID-19. Karen Blatter-Schieler, with the Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America and Strategic Relationships, stated, “On behalf of the Compeer Financial board members, team members and clients, I would like to say THANK YOU to the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation for your continued commitment to serve our rural community members in these unprecedented times. Organizations like yours that support essential services in your communities have never been more important and you understand the most pressing needs.”

“We cannot thank the team at Compeer Financial enough for this incredible donation to our community, and for recognizing the value the SRCCF brings to our region,” said Beckett. Grants from the Starved Rock Country Disaster Relief Fund will be made to agencies providing food, shelter, basic supplies, primary health care services, housing and utility assistance, support for children and other vulnerable populations, and nonprofit operations assistance. While the funds cannot be distributed to individuals and for-profit organizations directly, the Community Foundation is working in tandem with other organizations who can transition the funds directly to individuals and for-profit companies.


Grant Application
Helping Starved Rock Country during the COVID-19 Pandemic
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation was selected to receive $50,000 from the State of Illinois COVID-19 Grantmakers Response Fund to disburse throughout LaSalle, Bureau, Putnam and parts of Livingston and Marshall counties. This charitable fund was created by the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations, the Illinois United Way, the Grand Victoria Foundation, the Pritzker Foundation, Governor and Mrs. Pritzker and other large funders.
In collaboration with the United Way agencies of Eastern LaSalle Country, Streator, Bureau County and Illinois Valley, local non-profit agencies providing basic human needs services were awarded grants to supplement their own financial resources as they serve various impacted populations to the highest degree possible. Priority was given to non-profit agencies who support residents in need of emergency food and basic supplies; interim housing and shelter; primary health care services; utility and financial assistance; supports for children and other vulnerable populations, nonprofit safety and operations assistance.

Illinois Valley PADS Shelter – Peru
Illinois Valley Food Pantry – LaSalle
Voluntary Action Center – Meals on Wheels
Ottawa Food Basket – Ottawa
A Servant’s Heart – Ottawa
Bureau County Food Pantry – Princeton
Salvation Army – Ottawa
Salvation Army – Streator
Buudy Bags – Princeton
Feed His Children – Ottawa

To accept the state funding, as well as any additional contributions the SRCCF receives for this purpose, we have created the Starved Rock Country Disaster Relief Fund. Donated funds will be restricted to serve those in need as a result of the Coronavirus, and 100% of the contributions will be available to help. No administrative fees will assessed against the Fund.
We encourage you to donate to the SRCCF Disaster Relief Fund to support our local nonprofits as they continue to serve clients during this difficult time. Whether by writing a check, using your Donor Advised Fund to make a distribution, donating shares of stock, directing your upcoming Qualified Charitable Distribution/Required Minimum Distribution from your IRA or by donating a portion of any federal stimulus money that you don’t need for your immediate personal needs, you can help us get through this crisis together.

You may donate online to the Starved Rock Country Disaster Relief Fund or send a check to SRCCF, 718 Columbus St., Ottawa, IL 61350 (please write COVID-19 on memo line). SRCCF is a trusted public nonprofit charity; its tax identification number is 47-4762762. For more information about SRCCF’s COVID-19 Recovery Fund, email, or call 815-252-2906, ext. 2.