May 2020
Check out our latest news in this 12th edition of The Lake County Connection to find more information about how the Foundation is responding to COVID-related needs in our county, meet our newest team member and more!
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The Foundation is pleased to announce that we have awarded $555,000 in grants to 15 local nonprofits serving our most vulnerable neighbors during the COVID-19 crisis. Since establishing the Lake County Community Crisis Relief Fund in late March, the Foundation has raised more than $715,000 to support our front line nonprofits working tirelessly to ensure that our residents have food, shelter and other basic needs during this challenging time. Read more about the fund and these efforts, recently featured in the Daily Herald.

As part of the Foundation's relief efforts, we have supported the CATCH Initiative (County Action to Counter Hunger), a countywide collaborative of nonprofits, civic groups and other stakeholders working to ensure food needs are being met for people who don't have access to the traditional emergency food system (elderly, COVID+ people, high risk individuals, those unable to get to a food pantry, etc.). The Foundation has been a key funder of this initiative. To help us ensure that our most vulnerable and high risk residents have access to the food they need, please donate here!

A sincere thank you to our incredible foundation and corporate donors for their generosity in building this fund!

  • Anonymous Donors
  • Blue Marble Payroll
  • Buchanan Family Foundation
  • Compeer Financial
  • First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest
  • Grainger Foundation
  • Horizon Therapeutics
  • John and Kathleen Schreiber Foundation
  • Julian Grace Foundation
  • Morrison Family Foundation
  • Robert W. Baird & Co.
  • Steans Family Foundation

**Thank you also to the generous individuals and families who have contributed. This would not be possible without your support! 

Please see below for a list of Crisis Relief Fund grants awarded thus far.

How You Can Help

We are humbled and thankful for all of the contributions to the fund so far. But we have a long way to go as the need in Lake County continues to grow each day. Please help us provide the critical support that our nonprofit partners need as they work to ensure that our vulnerable neighbors are taken care of during this uncertain and deeply challenging time. 

Your generous donation will go directly back to support the Lake County communities you love. Every dollar helps! Here are a few ways to give:

  • To learn more or donate via credit card, visit HERE or click the button below.
  • If you wish to make a gift by check to support the fund, please make your check payable to: “The Lake County Community Foundation” and reference “The Lake County Community Crisis Relief Fund” in the memo line. Mail your check to: 114 S. Genesee, Suite 505, Waukegan, IL 60085.
  • If you wish to to make a wire transfer or gift of stock, please contact Wendy Richter, Manager of Donor Services & Operations, at for the Foundation’s gift instructions.
Community Crisis Relief Fund Grants
  • A Safe Place - $50,000 in support of its emergency shelter and care of low-income victims of domestic violence during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Alliance for Human Services - $5,000 in support of the Alliance’s coordination of the CATCH Initiative (Community Action to Counter Hunger), a countywide collaborative of nonprofits, civic groups, and other stakeholders working together to ensure that Lake County’s most vulnerable residents have access to food. 
  • Antioch Area Healthcare Accessibility Alliance - $20,000 in support of the organization’s COVID response work in the Antioch/Grant Township area as staff provides community education, healthcare consultation via its Network Nurse program and serves as an important hyper local information and resource hub for the communities it serves. 
  • Beacon Place - $25,000 in support of its Emergency Support Distribution Program, which provides food, basic needs, direct financial assistance and academic support to families, and funds for programming through 2020.
  • Community Action Partnership (CAP) of Lake County - $50,000 in support of making and delivering meals daily to PADS Lake County clients currently sheltering in hotels throughout the county and A Safe Place’s clients; as well as a $5,000 to CAP in support of the purchase and donation of thousands of pre-made meals from a local airline food vendor to be distributed to Northern Illinois Food Bank food pantry agencies.
  • Curt’s Cafe - $10,000 in support of meal distribution to 150 families in the greater Waukegan area facing food insecurity due to the COVID-19 crisis.
  • ElderCare - $10,000 in support of the organization’s partnership with a local limousine company to provide rides to particularly vulnerable senior citizens in need of safe transportation to critical and essential doctor appointments during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project (FLAP) - $50,000 in support of critical community outreach and education about COVID-19 and direct financial assistance to immigrant communities.
  • Highland Park Community Foundation - $20,000 in support of critical and urgent needs that HPCF identifies in the communities it serves—Highland Park and Highwood.
  • Mano a Mano Family Resource Center - $15,000 to provide direct assistance to undocumented individuals and families who are left out of all state and federal COVID-19 relief programs.
  • Nicasa Behavioral Health Services - $60,000 in support of its telehealth services as the organization shifts from in-person to virtual care to align with the shelter in place mandate and social distancing guidelines.
  • Northern Illinois Food Bank - $50,000 in support of its work to respond to the increase in food insecurity throughout the county.
  • PADS Lake County - $60,000 in support of their staffing needs and to meet the increase in demand for emergency housing services.
  • Roberti Community House - $50,000 in support of support the organization’s drastic increase in emergency food distribution to shelters, soup kitchens, individuals and families in need.
  • Twice As Nice Mother and Child - $75,000 in support of increasing the diaper, formula and wipe supply to meet Lake County’s severe shortage in the COVID crisis.

Please join us in welcoming Courtney Combs to The Lake County Community Foundation! Courtney will serve as our Program and Communications Associate. In this role she will help inform strategy around the Foundation's communications efforts and will advance the mission of the Foundation through support of Lake County’s health and human service sector.

Courtney brings a wealth of experience working directly with victims of violence, advocating for criminal justice reform, and strategic planning for intentional impact. She previously created YWCA Lake County’s Racial Equity Initiative, and Public Policy and Advocacy Program, providing her with expertise in data analysis, community organizing, and cross-sector collaborations. Combs also works with the Lake County Sheriff's Office R.E.D. Initiative working to decrease racial and ethnic disparities within Lake County's pretrial system.  

She is a resident of Lake County and is passion-driven for a more equitable Lake County. Combs holds an M.A. in Public Policy from Eastern Illinois University and a B.A. in Sociology from Florida State University. She is currently working on her M.B.A. in Finance at NorthPark University. Read more about Courtney here!

Our 2019-2020 Report to the Community, Love Where You Live, is now available. Click below to learn how LCCF serves as a catalyst, convener, grant maker and steward as we work collaboratively to improve the quality of life for everyone who calls Lake County home! There is so much to love about Lake County!

Check out this fantastic article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy about the critical role that donor advised funds are playing in charitable responses to the COVID crisis across the country. These funds are an important vehicle that supports and expands philanthropy. 

Here at the Foundation, our donor advised fund holders are invaluable partners in meeting the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors in Lake County. We offer many services and options to help people meet their philanthropic goals. 

"Don't Tie the Hands of DAFs, the Best Option for Aid in the Covid Economy" -  Bruce R. Hopkins

Want to give back to the community you love?
Start a fund for a cause you care about. Explore converting a family foundation into a fund to allow more charitable dollars to reach those in need. Leave a legacy now — make a planned gift or bequest in your estate plan to fund a passion you wish to support beyond your lifetime. We’re here to help you simplify your giving and leave a lasting legacy in Lake County. Your contribution to LCCF supports our ongoing work as a catalyst, connector, grant maker and steward of Lake County’s charitable resources.
By bringing together our donors, partners, dollars and ideas to create and grow permanent funds, LCCF seeks to build a better Lake County, Illinois —
today and for generations to come. Thank you for your interest and support!
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Our mailing address is:
114 S. Genesee, Suite 505,  Waukegan, IL 60085

Phone: (847) 377-0520       Online:

Maggie Morales, Executive Director

Wendy Richter, Manager of Donor Services & Operations

Emily Weber, Manager of Community Leadership & Investment

Courtney Combs, Program & Communications  Associate

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