Our Beginning

In 2003, a group of civic leaders approached The Chicago Community Trust about forming a community foundation in Lake County. This visionary group of county residents knew that resources would be required to help the community meet its growing needs and help provide a better life for future generations. At the time, the county’s population was approaching 685,000 with a poverty rate of just over five percent. In the subsequent years, the county’s population has grown to almost 704,000 and the poverty rate is approaching ten percent. Nevertheless, the Foundation, with the support of The Chicago Community Trust, remains true to its purpose of partnering with local residents, philanthropists, businesses and government to build permanent assets for our county.

Report to the Community

Annually, we share our story via a Report to the Community illustrating our accomplishments and growth for the year. This is always a great opportunity for us to not only highlight our work, but also to show our gratitude for the incredible donors and our community that makes this work possible. Check out past reports below to see how we have grown through the years.