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Community Foundation of Will County seeks to raise quality of life

Together with the Will County Center for Economic Development and the United Way of Will County, The Community Foundation of Will County convenes local business and nonprofit leaders to identify and discuss critical community issues, build stronger partnerships, and develop solutions to achieve greater impact.

"Believing that both businesses and nonprofits have a mutually beneficial desire to ensure quality human services are in place in our community, we look forward to where the conversations may lead," said a news release from the foundation.

Some key elements incorporated into this conversation include:

• Keynote speaker – Judith Gethner, executive director, Illinois Partners for Human Services.

• Case study – Barry Kolanowski, executive director, Senior Services of Will County.

Other features include panel discussion by business and municipal leaders and moderated table discussions.

The Community Foundation of Will County seeks to raise the quality of life throughout Will County by fostering philanthropy, connecting donors to area needs, and building community partnerships.

Based on the American virtues of volunteerism and philanthropy, the foundation fosters a legacy of support for the people of Will County by making grants to not-for-profit organizations working in the areas of the arts, education, health and human services.

Since its inception, the foundation has built its assets to more than $4 million and has awarded close to $2 million in grants to not-for-profit agencies serving the residents of Will County and beyond.

Established in 2006, The Community Foundation of Will County is a publicly-supported 501(c)(3) organization to which contributions are tax deductible. It receives contributions and bequests into a permanent endowment from individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations wishing to make lasting contributions to the people who call Will County their home.

The earnings on these funds are then used, in accordance with donor wishes, for the foundation’s grant-making and community leadership activities.

For more information about the foundation, or to arrange future opportunities, contact Jane Tyschenko, program associate, at 815-744-9223 or

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