A curated list for 2017 of nonprofit professional development opportunities. Included in this guide, you will find information about upcoming regional professional development events, academic courses and certifications and webinars—all available locally or online—plus contact information for local consulting experts.


 Waukegan, IL – June 26, 2015 - The Lake County Community Foundation, an affiliate of The Chicago Community Trust, announced $159,500 in grants to local nonprofit organizations addressing the urgent needs of the most vulnerable individuals and families in the county.


Waukegan, IL - March 1, 2016 - The Lake County Community Foundation announced today the addition of the Rev. Dr. Robert A. Davis to the Board of Directors, as well as new officer roles for several existing members.
The Rev. Dr. Davis, senior pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Libertyville, joins the Foundation board with a lengthy record of civic and board service, community engagement and leadership across the entire county - both with and among faith-based groups as well as non-denominational social service agencies and public-private partnerships.
His arrival coincides with the elevation of third-term board member and Green Oaks resident, Miah H. Armour, from the role of Vice-Chair to Board Chair, and of Dominica Tallarico, president of Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville to Vice-Chair. Martha Hinchman senior vice president of The Northern Trust Company, who joined the board in early 2015, assumes the role of Secretary. Larry Connolly, General Counsel, Aon Hewitt, retired, will continue as Treasurer for another term. For more information on Foundation's Board of Directors, go to
"I am pleased to welcome Pastor Bob to this committed group of Lake County community and business leaders," said Armour. "In just over a decade, together with donors and the support of The Chicago Community Trust, the Foundation has invested over $3,000,000 of competitive grants across the Lake County nonprofit landscape. It's powerful to see what we can achieve when we pool our philanthropic dollars for maximum impact. The upcoming grant cycle takes on even more importance as nonprofit groups throughout Lake County struggle to serve more people in need with less resources due to the state budget shortfall."
The Foundation's 2016 competitive grant cycle will open in May. Technical assistance sessions are scheduled for May 17th and 18th and Letters of Inquiry are due May 27th. Proposals will be evaluated starting in late June with notification of awards scheduled for July 29, 2016.
Grant making guidelines, funding priorities as well as details on the application and evaluation process can be found at For more information please contact Wendy Richter at 847-377-0520 or .
About The Lake County Community Foundation
Since 2003, The Lake County Community Foundation, a regional affiliate of The Chicago Community Trust, has partnered with donors to leverage and guide their philanthropy to help transform the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors across Lake County. The Foundation has contributed more than $3 million in grant funding to over 150 nonprofit organizations to protect our fragile health and human services safety net. These organizations ensure that resources are available to provide services addressing basic human needs, community development, education and health throughout Lake County. By connecting the generosity of donors with the most pressing needs of the community, we ensure that our county thrives today and for generations to come.