How to Give

How You Can Help

The Lake County Community Foundation works to make all of Lake County, Illinois a place where equity, access and opportunity are available to all. Join us!

Monthly Giving – Join the Love Where You Live Club!

When you opt to make a recurring monthly donation, you become a part of the Foundation’s Love Where You Live Club. This generous group of donors provides the Foundation with steady and dependable funding to help increase our annual grant making and support nonprofits that are addressing critical needs of the most vulnerable community members of Lake County. All funds raised through the Club are directly invested back into the community.

The Buchanan Family Foundation has generously agreed to match all recurring gifts made to LCCF through the monthly donor program up to $10,000 total! This gives Club members the opportunity to leverage their donation and make an even greater impact with their giving! We are grateful to the Buchanan Family Foundation for its incredible generosity.

The monthly donor program is hassle free as the Foundation will automatically bill your credit or debit card monthly. For joining with a minimum $25 monthly donation, each Love Where You Live Club member will receive a Love Where You Live magnet as a thank you from the Foundation. Club members who commit to $100 or more per month will receive the magnet as well as a 16×20 poster of our iconic map of Lake County created by local artist Mark McMahon.

Why Give Monthly?

• Easy: It’s a convenient way to give, as you don’t have to remember to write a check or send in a donation. You can change or cancel your monthly donation at any time.

• Expertise: LCCF staff and board have deep knowledge of Lake County’s nonprofit sector and know where investment is needed to make the greatest impact and meet the most critical needs.

• Impact: Your ongoing support provides the Foundation with a reliable stream of funding that enables us to increase our grant making.

• Accessible: Anyone can be a philanthropist! Giving monthly allows donors to spread their donation out over the course of a year rather than one lump donation, which can be difficult on a budget.

To join the Club, visit HERE.

Please email Emily Weber at [email protected] with questions or call 847-377-0520.

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Support Our Work – Give Where It’s Needed Most

Philanthropy begins at home. The Foundation makes giving simple and satisfying for individuals, families and organizations across Lake County.

The benefits of giving to the Foundation’s unrestricted fund:

  • A simple way to help tackle the community’s urgent issues
  • Leverage your contribution by pooling funds with other donors

If your passion is to improve life in our community, giving to our unrestricted fund creates powerful philanthropy. Unrestricted funds are not bound to a particular charity or cause. The Foundation’s expert staff and its Board of Directors direct these resources wherever the need is greatest.

By investing your philanthropic dollars with the Foundation, you not only join a local legacy that began over 100 years ago with The Chicago Community Trust, but also tap into a knowledgeable network of over 750 community foundations around the nation. This heritage of deep community knowledge guides the Foundation in applying unrestricted funds toward strategic community investment with measurable and lasting impact.

Together, we can improve the quality of life for all in Lake County. Join with other donors to pool your philanthropic resources. Make a donation online.

Plan Around Your Resources

Build your charitable portfolio around assets ranging from real estate and jewelry to stocks and securities. As a supporting organization, The Lake County Community Foundation is not eligible to receive IRA Charitable Rollovers at this time.

Create a Fund

Establishing your own named charitable giving fund is simple and rewarding. The Foundation manages a family of funds ranging in size and shape—all of which support individuals, families and organizations in achieving their philanthropic goals.

Whether you wish to create a one-stop repository for your annual giving or want to establish a strategic partnership to leverage your charitable legacy, we help grow your fund through sound investments, and work with you to distribute your charitable gifts to qualified nonprofit organizations that matter to you.

Our expert team also researches nonprofit organizations, so that you can know that the charity you’re supporting is well-run, in compliance with IRS rules and regulations and that your investment will make an impact.

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Getting started is easy. Give us a call at 847-377-0520.

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