LCCF In the News

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Lake Foresters Invest in Lake County Communities in Need

December 19th, 2022 | Lake Forest Love

A Lake Forest resident will live an average of 14 years longer than someone living in North Chicago. Though these communities are separated by a few miles, they are worlds apart in needs and resources. Enter a small but mighty group of Lake Foresters who met around Addie Morrison’s kitchen table in 2003 to discuss how they might make a difference. Read more.

Lake Forest lacrosse player raises over $10,000 in memory of former student

October 31st, 2022 | Daily Herald

In June 2019, the Lake County community lost 20-year-old Jack Adams, a 2017 graduate of Lake Forest High School, All-State lacrosse player and beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, teammate, coach and friend.  Read more.

The Lake County Community Foundation and McMullan Donor Advised Fund Partner to Award Over $1 million to Local Nonprofits

July 14th, 2022 | Daily Herald

The Lake County Community Foundation recently announced over $500,000 in grants combined with another $500,000 in grants from an LCCF donor-advised fund holder. This powerful grant making partnership marks a historic, record-breaking year of investment for the Foundation as needs in Lake County continue to grow.  Read more.

LCCF's Racial Equity Program is Building Community and Contributing to Economic Justice in Lake County

February 28th, 2022 | Better Magazine

"At LCCF, we are intentional in our outreach and support, not only making it a priority to invest in historically disinvested communities but recognizing there truly is wisdom in every room and prioritizing building authentic and meaningful relationships with our partners and the community." Read more.

Small business initiative aims to address racial wealth disparity

December 6, 2021 | Daily Herald

"We know that small businesses are the backbone of our community and recognize the need to provide access to capital," Morales said. "With the SBGI program, we envision a thriving and equitable small business community in Lake County." Read more.

Foundation awards $50,000 grant to Waukegan coffee shop as part of initiative to support minority-owned businesses

November 11, 2021 | WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM

The Lake County Community Foundation has launched a program designed to help minority-owned businesses and the first grant recipient says he'll pay it forward. Read more

The Lake County Community Foundation launches Small Business Growth Initiative

November 11, 2021 | Lake County Journal

The Lake County Community Foundation recently launched the Small Business Growth Initiative, a new program to support small businesses owned by people of color within priority communities in Lake County. Read more

Lake County foundation awards $250,000 to local nonprofits

August 11, 2021 | The Daily Herald

The Lake County Community Foundation recently announced $250,000 in grants to 17 local nonprofit organizations, addressing the urgent needs of the most vulnerable individuals and families in the county. The foundation also shared a new partnership with a donor who has essentially doubled its grant making over the next four years. Read more

2021 Diversity in Business Award

July 23, 2021 | The Daily Herald

The Daily Herald Business Ledger's Diversity in Business Awards recognition honors businesses that have shown exceptional commitment to promoting practices that advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace, in business leadership and that bolster equality across all areas of diversity, including age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race and religion. Read more

Lake County Community Foundation aids vaccination efforts for most vulnerable

March 30, 2021 | Fox 32 Chicago

Maggie Morales from the Lake County Community Foundation talks about what they're doing to insure equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more

The Growing Problem of Poverty in the Suburbs

January 18, 2021 | WTTW

“It’s a huge misconception that poverty is an urban issue,” said Maggie Morales, Executive Director of the Lake County Community Foundation. “It’s not concentrated in one particular area … the suburbanization of poverty creates the very issues that Gary is experiencing on a daily basis, with trying to secure employment and access proper transportation to get to and from and work.” Read more

'Let us band together' to reduce the pain caused by racism, insensitivity

July 12, 2020 | Lake County News-Sun

20/20 vision is so named because it represents what an average person can see on an eye chart when standing twenty feet away. As we entered this year—2020—one could argue that there was a lot that the average person could not see, namely how prevalent racial injustice is in our society. Read more

Lake County Community Foundation kicks off monthly giving program aimed at boosting donations to fund grants

July 31, 2019 | Lake County News-Sun

Recurring donations made through the new program, called “Love Where You Live,” will go toward grants aimed at addressing basic human needs.  Read more