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Strengthening local philanthropy. Supporting a healthy community.

the joy of philanthropy Sharing your wealth should be a joy, not a burden. Use Galesburg Community Foundation to make your giving simple and satisfying. Here are some ways we can assist you: Managing the charitable fund you create; overseeing its investment; accounting; and maintaining tax records. Working with you to develop and implement a strategy for your philanthropy. Working with family members, including children and grandchildren, if you wish, to help them develop an effective structure and framework for family philanthropy. Providing personalized grantmaking services, offering information about grant opportunities, and providing research/referral information on areas of particular interest to you. Offering educational forums on topics of interest and individual or group site visits. Issuing regular financial reports detailing the status of the fund. Providing you with the opportunity to choose from among approved investment managers. Consolidating your ongoing contributions through one charitable fund.


We develop and support the efforts of local people and organizations to foster and promote a healthy community. GCF supports our community by: Stimulating and facilitating a spirit of philanthropy; Being accountable and prudent managers of donor funds; Making responsive and informed grants and; Investing resources to address community priorities and interests.


We aspire to develop resources which equip and empower residents physically, intellectually and economically so they may reach their full individual and collective potential. Healthy communities focus their efforts on productive dialogue, collaborative action, team building and unity of purpose. Residents of such communities bond in the common benefits of a strong education system; abundant physical activity opportunities; adequate, affordable and effective health care; and access to the arts.

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our funding areas arts

We want the arts to be accessible to all members of our community. We have encouraged the arts through grants to local organizations such as Choral Dynamics, Galesburg Community Chorus, Prairie Players Civic Theatre and the Orpheum Theatre.

health care

Our organization has assisted local non-profit health care organizations since our 2004. We seek to see adequate, affordable and effective health care as a hallmark of our community. We have provided grants to many organizations, such as the Knox County Health Department, Alternatives for the Older Adult and Bridgeway. We have also provided scholarships to many local students entering a health care field.

physical activity

We know that a healthy community is made up of healthy people. With that in mind, we have provided grant funding for local non-profit organizations which encourage physical activity opportunities. We have resourced groups such as the Galesburg Youth Athletic Club, Rainbow Riders, Special Olympics Illinois and Triumph Services.


GCF understands that education is a critical component of a healthy community. Therefore, we have provided resources to local organizations which provide educational services such as Galesburg Public Library, Discovery Depot and Carl Sandburg College.

ways to give donor-advised fund

Establishing a donor-advised fund allows you to actively participate in the grantmaking process by recommending organizations you wish to support. Grants are issued to charities in the name of the fund, or anonymously if preferred.

field of interest fund

You may select an area of interest rather than restricting the money to one organization. We will support local organizations that match your interests. These funds are flexible enough to meet changing community needs in your interest area.

unrestricted fund

An unrestricted fund allows us the discretion to use available grant dollars for a broad range of community issues. These gifts provide the opportunity to respond to changing community needs that are difficult to anticipate at the time the fund is created.

scholarship fund

Scholarship funds allow you to invest in the community’s future and help deserving students – from preschool to postgraduate – achieve their lifetime dreams. These funds provide support for individuals pursuing a training or educational opportunity.

Galesburg Community Foundation can help you make a difference. Contact us to multiply the impact of your legacy, through the power of your own endowment fund—or through a gift to the unrestricted fund. You can give today, or through your estate. Thousands of lives can be touched and changed, through the life of a generous individual or family. What would the Galesburg area look like ten or even fifty years from now with your investment working to give back to the community? How could your life work assist in making the lives of others better for future generations? We would love to talk with you and hear your vision for your gift. It is exciting to see how we as donors, volunteers and staff can work together to make our community stronger.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.�

- Winston Churchill

575 North Kellogg Street Galesburg, IL 61401 Phone 309-344-8898 Fax 309-344-8890

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