Rockford Area Community Endowment

What is the Rockford Area Community Endowment?

It’s a tax-exempt public charity created by and for the people in our local area. It enables people with philanthropic interests to easily and effectively support the issues they care about, immediately, or through their will. Donors can contribute a variety of assets to a charitable fund at the Endowment, and may also recommend grants to nonprofit groups they want to support.

Make Your Mark for Generations to Come

Are you ready to create a lasting legacy? Do something positive for the community that has done so much for you? If your answer is YES, the Rockford Area Community Endowment is the place to start. This is your invitation to give.

Create a lasting impact. The Endowment is dedicated to-supporting local programs serving important community needs. Together, our broad perspective and knowledge of local needs mean your gift will be specially targeted.

Help your favorite causes. With your gift to the Endowment, you can choose the issues you want to support. Or, you can allow your gift to be flexible and used for changing needs.

Endure forever. Your gift becomes part of a permanent endowment, so years from now, our community will continue to remember and benefit from your generosity.

Yield generous tax savings. Your gift to the Endowment qualifies for the maximum federal deduction for charitable giving.

Become a Lifetime Member for just $25.00.

Endowment Grant Application

Download grant application instructions and forms here (PDF) »

What Has the Endowment Already Accomplished?

  • Funded construction of the North Rockford Middle School swimming pool.
  • Development of the Rockford Towers senior housing facility.
  • Rockford Fire Department smoke detector program.
  • Equipment and uniform purchases for the Rockford Police Bicycle Patrol.
  • Help to coordinate funding activities of other community groups.

Rockford Area Community Endowment
"Recognition Plaza"

Buy a Brick and Become a Part of It.

The plaza is located in the newly renovated Peppler Park, west of the Rockford Dam. The sale of bricks funds the construction of the project and helps grow the Endowment.

You can become part of Rockford’s history and honor your family, company or organization with a name engraved on a brick, which is the patio (ground) area of the plaza.

Bricks are priced $100 each. Stop by City Hall and pick up an order form. Or, download an order form here.

Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in Rockford’s legacy.

Check out the Video of the Recognition Plaza Here