Established FundsFreeport Community Foundation
Community Needs/Marvin Unrestricted Fund
An Unrestricted Fund, Endowed
The Community Needs/Marvin Fund is our unrestricted fund. All the gifts are pooled together creating a “general” fund for the Foundation from which the Board of Directors can direct grants to charitable organizations without restrictions. 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. Another appeal of the Community Needs/Marvin Fund is that gifts of all sizes are welcome. This Fund enables those with limited financial resources who cannot establish an individual fund to pool their gift with others to meet their personal philanthropic goals. When looking for a Memorial Fund for a loved one or in honor of a special event – this is a wonderful fund to consider.
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 currently serves as the Executive Director.
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 most in need. Anyone may donate to the Freeport Area Church Cooperative Endowment Fund by contacting the foundation.
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 non-profit organizations located in Stephenson County that encourage artistic expression. Any individual or group can donate to the Ian Murphy-Mitchard Fund for Music & Arts by contacting the Foundation.
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 by contacting the Foundation.
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 non-profit 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.
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.
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 non-profit 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. Anyone is welcome to donate to the Fund.
VOICES Sexual Assault and Prevention Fund
This Organization 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 DV 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 in Stephenson County.
RAMP Organization Endowment Fund
This Organization 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 non-profit, non-residential Center for independent living (CIL). RAMP empowers people with disabilities to realize there are no limits to what they can do.
United Way of Northwest Illinois Endowment Fund
This Organization 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 non-profit 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.
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.