Connecting Our Community
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.
Hugh K. and Alice Iles Funderburg Scholarship
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.
Grant Breakfast 2018 Recipients
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 creation, 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 over $7 Million dollars in assets with over $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 also 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 us, and carrying out the Foundation’s mission to improve the quality of life in Boone County for today, tomorrow and the future.
2019 Boone County Community Foundation Grant Recipients
On November 14, 2019 the Foundation distributed grants totaling $127,050 to 20 different non-for-profit organizations. The 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. Together, we make a difference Boone County!
The Boone County Conservation District and the Boone County Community Foundation hosted the Mildred and Melvin Banks Memorial Trail Dedication on Saturday, October 19 in Poplar Grove, IL. The dedication was followed by a wagon ride along the newly renovated section of the Long Prairie Trail now called the Mildred and Melvin Banks Memorial Trail. The new trail surface and four new bridges were made possible by a generous bequest of Mildred and Melvin Banks through the Boone County Community Foundation. The earnings from the fund with the Foundation are used to make the annual payment on the bond the Boone County Conservation District set up for improvements to the trail. Relatives of the Banks family were able to attend and be a part of the dedication. Special thanks to the Boone County Conservation District for all their hard work on creating and maintaining this wonderful resource for our community!
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Bob & Betty Edwards Memorial 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.
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.
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.
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