Your Foundation for a Better Lake County

The Lake County Community Foundation was established to meet the charitable needs of the fast-growing communities of Lake County, Illinois. This diverse county comprises rural areas and urban centers, a multi-ethnic population, and households with widely varying economic resources. Evolving challenges, and a desire to better support community members who want to give something back, prompted business and civic leaders to partner with The Chicago Community Trust to establish a foundation that would serve the unique needs of Lake County.

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In the Spotlight

Board members and donors helped distribute food to the hungry, on their fourth annual bus tour of Lake County. Read more



Donors enjoy a range of financial benefits, plus specialized expertise about the charitable organizations serving Lake County. Join us 

Grant Process

The Foundation funds organizations serving Lake County, with special emphasis on organizational development and collaboration. Learn who is eligible and how to apply.

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