Our Mission

Skokie residents established Skokie Community Foundation (SCF) in 2017 to foster a supportive, engaged and dynamic community in Skokie through meaningful giving, collaboration and community programming.  Building on the efforts of the earlier Skokie Community Fund, SCF is committed to growing this lasting community resource by:


Seeking out and partnering with donors and community builders who share our vision for Skokie.


Creating awareness of the Skokie Community Foundation as a community resource and secure place to donate.


Building the endowment of the Skokie Community Foundation.


Updating our knowledge of local, state and national issues for the betterment and welfare of the resident of Skokie.

The fruitful results of SCF’s collaborative grants have demonstrated that when local non-profits and government agencies work together, they can collectively and creatively address local needs, improving life for our friends, neighbors and community in Skokie, Illinois.


The YWCA Evanston/North Shore is grateful to the Skokie Community Foundation for funding our partnership with Skokie Youth Outreach and our Men in Making Project.  SCF’s support has helped the Skokie youth of today build the knowledge, skills and confidence to discourage, prevent or interrupt an incident or potential incident of gender harassment or violence tomorrow.  SCF’s support has created change. We thank the Skokie Community Foundation for joining us, in taking a stand and adding its voice to the chorus of men who say gender violence must stop now.”

Karen Singer, President & CEO, YWCA Evanston/North Shore

“It is often said that “knowledge is power.” The SEED (Seeking Education Equity and Diversity) curriculum helps program participants develop the knowledge of society and themselves necessary to drive personal, organizational and societal change toward social justice. Thanks to our Skokie Community Foundation grant, we were able to increase the number of trained SEED facilitators, training cohorts offered, and free training slots available for Skokie residents as we strive to create a more equitable and inclusive community in Skokie.”

Susan Heist Carlton, Community Representative/Skokie Cares

“With the generous support of the Skokie Community Foundation, Turning Point and Skokie Public Library held nine free drop-in forums where between 9 and 20 teens joined Library staff and a Turning Point therapist to participate in discussions about the issues impacting their lives such as managing stress, relationships with others, moderating time spent online, self-care and available resources. After each meeting, the conversations continued with a make-your-own-taco bar. The program was so successful that we were able to secure funding for its continuation beyond the end of the grant period. We are grateful for our partnership with Skokie Public Library and for the Skokie Community Foundation’s support which has allowed us to craft a valuable program for teens in our community.”

Ann Fisher Raney, CEO, Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center
“Thanks to our 2018 Skokie Community Foundation grant, together with the Talking Farm, our residents grew 3,176 pounds of produce this year. About 1,000 pounds of produce fed Orchard Village residents. We sold a third of the produce at four Skokie Farmer’s Markets and donated the final third of produce to the Niles Township Food Pantry. Talk about a win, win, win!!”
Allison Stark, Orchard Village President and CEO
“Because of our Skokie Community Foundation grant, we were able to markedly increase the ability of staff of the coalition agencies to prevent and report incidents of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of adults with disabilities in Skokie. In addition, the multi-agency collaboration brought about because of the grant promoted a higher level of coordination and interaction of participating agencies in the community that will spill over into all areas of our work.”
Jamie Farrell, Metropolitan Family Services, Adult Protective Services Supervisor

Latest News

Skokie Community Foundation Announces 2024 Grant Recipients

November 19th, 2023|

Skokie Community Foundation Announces 2024 Grants Skokie Community Foundation (SCF) is proud to announce the recipients of its 2024 grants. SCF is awarding $27,500, with an additional $17,000 coming from the Education Foundation Supporting the

Skokie Community Foundation Elects Ann Tennes as New Board of Directors Chair

July 10th, 2023|

Skokie Community Foundation announces the appointment of its new Board of Directors officers for 2023-24. Elections were held at the June 12 board meeting. Ann Tennes (pictured alongside Co-Founder and Treasurer Gene Griffin and Executive

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