As we approach the end of our first year as the newest Community Foundation in the state of Illinois, we are thankful for the partnerships we have created, the outstanding Board of Directors leading the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation, and, of course, our many generous donors. In just shy of a year, we have opened 18 funds, including three scholarships, and are exceeding first-year revenue projections by more than 70%. You’ll soon be able to visit our website to learn how to create your own fund, contribute to another, and how to make gifts to your own charities of choice. Donations are tax-deductible in accordance with IRS regulations and can soon be made conveniently through our website, www.srccf.org.
At the heart of the Foundation is the Leadership Fund for Now – an unrestricted fund that will provide for the expenses of the organization’s infrastructure and create a permanent endowment to be used for grant making to non-profit organizations throughout Starved Rock Country. Your gift to the Leadership Fund will join many others to ensure that we will be here doing good forever in the community. Give us a call today at 815-252-2906 to learn more about the Leadership Fund for Now. The Robert M. Eschbach Legacy Endowment Fund continues to grow. This fund, part of the Impact Ottawa Field of Interest Fund, was established to ensure the continued beautification and economic development of Ottawa. If Ottawa has been a part of your life, be a part of Ottawa, and donate to the Eschbach Legacy Fund.
In Princeton, “Flags of Freedom” stand in tribute to the men and women who serve our country. As the Fiscal Sponsor for Flags of Freedom, SRCCF is accepting donations to support the purchase of new flags and project activities. This honorable program is deserving of your gift. Learn more here.
If the Oakland Cemetery in Princeton has been a part of your family’s history, consider a gift to the new Oakland Cemetery Preservation Fund. Your gift to support the work of a very small, but dedicated team of concerned residents is greatly appreciated.
In Peru, the Carol and Dick Janko Scholarship for Promising Entrepreneurs has been created to provide a college scholarship to a high school graduate from LaSalle, Putnam, Bureau or Livingston Counties. Your contribution to the scholarship fund is welcome, and will be part of a lasting tribute to the Janko family and to our community.
The TBM Avenger Reunion event was an amazing success last year. More than 10,000 people visited the Illinois Valley Regional Airport. Donations to offset expenses of the May 20, 2017 event, are again being accepted by the SRCCF. This dedicated, free event pays tribute to US Veterans. Your gift is especially meaningful.
Also honoring our Veterans, Zero 4 Heroes will provide a dog or cat from a local shelter to a Veteran living with a diagnosis of PTSD. All expenses relative to the adoption of the pet, veterinary care and food will be provided for two years by Zero 4 Heroes. With your help, this fund will provide the companionship of a pet to Veterans throughout our community.
In Ottawa, a creative new fund, the “Green*Stock*Teen” Fund was established to provide a gift to teens ages 13-19 who may not otherwise receive a holiday gift. The local Red Stocking Fund provides for children age 12 and under. The new fund, was created by the staff of Lady Di’s in Ottawa, who has provided gifts to area youth for more than 20 years. Donations of teen gifts and monetary contributions to the fund are needed year-round.
Graduating seniors in Marseilles and Seneca can apply for The Rising Star Scholarship in early February. This generous scholarship, created by an anonymous donor, will be presented to a student enrolled for the 2017 Fall semester at ISU to earn a degree in Elementary Education. Contributions to support the Rising Star Scholarship are welcome.
And finally, the recipient of the Tucker Tillman Award at Marquette Academy in Ottawa will receive a financial award along with the recognition for the first time. A generous gift to establish the award fund has been made by family members of Tucker. You can help to increase the amount of the award by making your own contribution to the Fund.
So yes, our first year has been good, indeed, and we thank each one of you who has placed your faith and trust in us to own your philanthropy and benefit our community. Our own Women Inspired Network (WIN) and the Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) programs are growing. The opportunities really are endless! On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation, our staff, volunteers and all those we serve, best wishes for a wonderful holiday season filled with peace, joy and sharing.