Connecting our communities


The Boone County Community Foundation exists to improve the quality of life in Boone County for today, tomorrow and the future by building a culture of giving in our community and by connecting donors. 

We are a tax exempt, non-profit, philanthropic organization with the long-term goal of building permanent, named funds for the broad-based charitable benefit of the residents in Boone County and to strengthen our community through philanthropy. We offer the best tax advantages for charitable donations operating as a 501©(3) organization of the internal revenue code. 

We help raise the level of local giving and help keep charitable dollars in the local community. The Boone County Community Foundation will help to ensure that charitable endowment gifts given to help our community will remain effective and relevant over long periods of time.


The Hugh K. and Alice Iles Funderburg Scholarship Fund

The Funderburg legacy of community investment, support, financial benevolence, and goodwill is threaded throughout Boone County history. The generosity of Hugh K. and Alice Iles Funderburg will live on as the descendants of R. Robert and Sally D. Funderburg have set up this scholarship in their memory. By endowing this scholarship program, the donors intend to continue to help the Boone County Community and its residents succeed and to promote entrepreneurship at Belvidere and Belvidere North High Schools. Two eligible applicants will be awarded the amount of $10,000 each. Students must meet certain requirements, obtain all information needed and complete the application process through their high school’s guidance office.

Students who wish to apply must meet the following criteria:
• Scholarship applicants must be enrolled in their senior year of high school in Belvidere School District 100 (or its successor educational institution).
• Scholarship applicants must have an SAT score in the top 25% of their graduating class
• Scholarship applicants must have accepted entrance as a full-time student at an accredited four-year undergraduate college or university, where he or she is enrolled in the business school or intends to major in business or a related field of study.
• Scholarship applicants must demonstrate active involvement in the Boone County community and/or substantial participation in school extracurricular activities and/or sports.
• Preference given to applicants who demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit though academic, community or other endeavors
• Scholarship applicants have the option of providing a statement of financial need, but financial need will not be determinative in the selection process.
• A minimum of one recommendation and/or reference from a professional.
• A maximum of a 200-word essay explaining your interest in the business field for your course of study.
• Final scholarship award winners will be determined after an interview of the finalists as selected by the Boone County Community Foundation.




Latest News

Non-Profit & Charitable Organizations in or serving Boone County, the deadline for our Boone County Community Grant Program is fast approaching and is September 15, 2019.  Please check out our grants page for detailed information or call the office at 815-544-7231.


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Passing of the Torch

The Boone County Community Foundation would like to recognize Kevin Behling, John Crone, Rob Funderburg, Curt Tobin, and Richard Van Evera for their years of service and dedication on the Board of Directors.  Along with Jack Wolf, their commitment, time, and action has been a catalyst for the growth and success of the Foundation, which became incorporated December 5, 2005.  Through combined efforts, resources, and causes, Boone County and its residents will benefit for generations to come.  The Foundation was started with a donation of $500.00, and has grown to exceed $7 Million dollars in assets with more than $1 Million dollars invested and given back to Boone County through grants and scholarships.  It is with the sincerest and utmost gratitude that the Foundation wishes them well and thanks them for all that they have done!

The Foundation would like to welcome Matt Branom, Scott Greenlee, Jeffrey Hartle, Amy Morris, and Therese Trenhaile.  They will be bringing new perspectives, energy, resources, and expertise as new board members.  The Foundation is looking forward to working together to continue the good work of those that came before them, and carrying out the Foundation’s mission to improve the quality of life in Boone County for today, tomorrow and the future.

The Milton R. Brown Conservation Park Endowment Fund

On November 9, 2018 the Milton R. Brown conservation Park Endowment fund was established to provide maintenance and repair of the Brown Conservation Park. Milt and Mary Jo Brown gifted the one-acre park located at the intersection of Caledonia and Quail Trap Roads in September 2011. The thoughtfully designed park serves as a trailhead to the Long Prairie Trail. It offers parking space for vehicles, restrooms, a picnic shelter, water well with hand pump drinking fountain, and kiosk. Because of the foresight and benevolence of Milt and Mary Jo Brown, this park will be enjoyed by our community for generations to come.

Boone County Community Foundation Awards 2018 Grants


The Boone County Community Foundation held their annual Belvidere Area Chamber of Commerce Grant Breakfast on November 13, 2018. The Foundation has grown to more than $6 million in total assets, as of October 2018. Including distributions made at the grant breakfast, the Foundation has distributed more than $1,005,543 in grants and scholarships, since 2011.

The 2018 grants are part of the Community Grant program which consists of grants from the Melvin & Mildred Banks Funds, the Wilbur & William Cummings Fund, and donor advised funds. At the breakfast, the Foundation distributed grants totaling $109,245 to 18 different non-profit organizations.


Bob Edwards, North Boone High School Scholarship

Bob Edwards, the founder of Edwards Apple Orchard, Inc., has established a scholarship fund in memory of his wife, Betty Edwards.   Each year, for 10 years, a $1000 tuition scholarship will be given to a North Boone High School Graduate who attends Rock Valley College.  As a former RVC trustee, Bob greatly appreciates the many wonderful contributions that Rock Valley has made to our community. 

You may apply for this scholarship through the North Boone High School Guidance Department. 

Margery Hinrichs Scholarship Fund

Margery was a long time librarian at Belvidere High School and wished to recognize students who are both active in sports and good academic students at Belvidere High School with this scholarship fund created at the time of her death. This scholarship is given to senior athletes at Belvidere High School who demonstrate athletic skills, academic skills, good character, and are pursuing a post high school education at an accredited college or university upon graduation.  Coaches at Belvidere High School make the selection for this scholarship.  There are up to four possible scholarships available ranging from a minimum of $1,000 up to $2,500. 

Wilbur and William Cummings Memorial Educational Scholarship

Wilbur and William Cummings were twin brothers and lifelong residents of Caledonia, IL.  They were active members in the Caledonia Congregational Church, the North Boone Fire Department, the Belvidere Moose Lodge, and both worked at the Belford Theater for 27 years.  After Wilbur lost his arm in a farming accident in 1953, he was treated by a doctor in nearby Caledonia.  Both brothers attributed having a physician close by to saving Wilbur’s life.  The incident had an incredible impact on Wilbur and William.  They valued and saw the importance of education and wanted to provide scholarship opportunities for young men and women interested in furthering their education.  As a reflection of their lifelong interest in and support of Community District 100, Wilbur and William Cummings established a scholarship to assist Belvidere and Belvidere North graduates who intend to enter the field of public education

Grant Programs

Melvin & Mildred Banks Grant Program

The Banks farmed and ran numerous businesses in Boone County.  Melvin was a farmer, business owner, and active community member.  He was a founding member of the Boone County Conservation District.  Mildred was an award winning and published photographer, who loved traveling and giving presentations of those travels and photos to church groups, club meetings, camera clubs, retirement homes, and schools.  They have graciously endowed an unrestricted fund for Boone County non-profit organizations, and established the Boone County Conservation District Fund.

Wilbur and William Cummings Grant Program

Wilbur and William Cummings were lifelong residents of Boone County.  Pursuant to their interests, a grant program was established that enhances the Boone County community.  The majority of the proceeds are available for the Boone County Fair Association and the Boone County Historical Society.  The balance is reserved for at-large community purposes.


Making Donations

Thank you for your interest in donating to the Boone County Community Foundation. With your donations we are able to help Boone County become a better place to live and work.

Online Donations
You may make an online donation using our PayPal Account by using the Donate Now button. If you have a Special Interest Area, Know the Name of the Fund, or in your gift is in Memory or Honor of Someone, please indicate that in the “How shall Boone County Community Foundation direct your donation?” area of the PayPal page or in the memo area of your check. 

Boone County Disaster Fund

Boone County has been a known area to be hit by tornadoes and other disasters. Everyone can remember or has heard about the tornado devastation from the 1967 disaster.  It changed the lives of everyone forever.  This fund managed by the Boone County Community Foundation and endorsed by Boone County Officials accepts monetary tax-deductible donations that will be used to support the mid- to long-term recovery of declared disaster areas in Boone County. > More

Boone County Council on Aging Endowment

The Boone County Council on Aging is a group of dedicated professionals working to provide programs, services and supports aimed at improving the lives of mature individuals, their families and caregivers in Boone and surrounding counties. > More

Boone County Historical Society

The Boone County Historical Museum was established in 1968 in the heart of historic downtown Belvidere. BCHM is open Tuesday through Saturday every week for visitors, guided school group tours,  special event rentals, and community events. > More

Regional Access & Mobilization Project, Inc. (RAMP)

RAMP empowers individuals with disabilities (all disabilities, all ages) through services and advocacy to live an independent life.  This is accomplished by partnering with them to make changes in their own lives, seek peer support and remove barriers. RAMP also advocates for  the implementation of current laws, promotion of needed legislation and improvement of existing systems for people with disabilities while working to diminish negative attitudes that threaten to impede equal access. > More

Boone County Conservation District Fund

The Boone County Conservation District is a locally governed agency whose mission is to “Preserve and manage natural areas and open spaces for ecological, educational, and recreational benefits of present and future generations.” The Boone County Conservation District (BCCD) currently owns and manages 3,500 acres of conservation lands. > More


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