Knowledge Center

Access the latest news from the Foundation, as well as recent data, reports and other helpful information. If your organization is interested in sharing relevant reports or information about Lake County’s nonprofit or philanthropic sectors, please contact Emily Weber at

Lake County Community Foundation Reports 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. 

2019 Report to the Community

2018 Report to the Community 

2017 Report to the Community

Understanding Lake County’s Human Service Needs – 2015
In October 2015, The Lake County Community Foundation hosted six community conversations throughout Lake County to revisit Rob Paral’s research from 2011. Click here to access a follow-up presentation highlighting changing demographics and emerging trends.

Portraits of Lake County – 2012
The Lake County Community Foundation partnered with Rob Paral and Associates to develop a series of reports that provide an in-depth analysis–or portraits–of particular Lake County populations and service areas. Several of the reports were commissioned on behalf of the Lake County Leadership Task Force (now The Alliance for Human Services) to better understand the gaps in providing services to those in need across the county.

To view all twelve reports, along with an interactive map of service providers and the estimated costs of actual service provision across the county, please click here.

Knowledge Areas

Homes for a Changing Region – 2016
In the fall of 2014, the Foundation partnered with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s (CMAP) Local Technical Assistance program, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (MMC) and the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) to support municipal leaders from the villages of Hainesville, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Park and Round Lake Heights to complete a Home Plan that identifies key challenges and opportunities in the area of housing. The project was completed in 2016. To access the full report, click here.

The Grow Lake County website is a product of the Foundation’s multi-year funding commitment to increase access to affordable, nutritious food across Lake County.

In 2013, the Foundation awarded a grant to Northern Illinois Food Bank to support the development of a special report on hunger in Lake County through Feeding America. Hunger in America 2014, Special Report for Lake County, Illinois

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