Calendar of Events

Ladies Lunch and Learn Series
FREE events! Lunch is provided!  Register on our website and join us at the Community Foundation for McHenry County’s new Philanthropy Center in downtown Crystal Lake for these topics:
Motivational Musings

September 21

11:30am - 12:30pm


What it Means to Be Resilient: Growing Through Life’s Challenges

October 19

11:30am - 12:30pm


Finding Focus: Your Personal Mission, Vision, and Values

November 16

11:30am - 12:30pm


Harnessing Social Capital: Uncover the Power in Networking

Event News

Current News and Upcoming Events

Please contact us at 815.338.4483 or visit our office at 33 E. Woodstock St., Crystal Lake, IL 60014

  • Historic Raue Center for the Arts Receives Mission Grant from Community Foundation of McHenry County - These funds will be used to support Raue Center’s expanding Arts Education programming. Raue Center For The Arts in Crystal Lake gratefully accepts a Mission Grant from The Community Foundation for McHenry County to continue its mission of bringing the Arts to All in the community. These funds will be used to support Raue Center’s expanding Arts Education programming, helping ...
  • 2021 Mission Grant Update - This year, The Community Foundation for McHenry County (The Foundation) was able to award a total of 67 Mission Grants to deserving charitable organizations who serve our friends and neighbors in McHenry County. These grants were made possible by the generosity of The Foundation’s donors and enabled us to distribute $1,050,000, which is a 140% increase over 2020. Recipients of ...
  • Results of Illinois transfer of wealth study reveal big opportunities for giving - Editorial Article Recently, the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations, Forefront and other sponsors came together to conduct a Transfer of Wealth Study. The results found that in the next 10 years, $434 billion will transfer from one generation to the next, with most of the money based in the region of Cook County and the surrounding suburbs. The study determined ...
  • NAMI McHenry pulled me and my diagnosed adult son out of desperation! - Perspective: Family Support and One-on-One Services To put it succinctly…NAMI McHenry pulled me and my diagnosed adult son out of desperation! I don’t even want to think about where, or in what state, we would be without their guidance, compassion, and most of all their advocacy. I believe their success comes from their multi-faceted approach. My son and I have ...
  • A Pandemic. Political unrest. Economic uncertainty. Personal trials. - With so much outside of our control, it’s never been more important to focus on the things we can control. The Community Foundation for McHenry County and NAMI McHenry County are pleased to present “Life Connected,” a series focused on the humanity that unites us, the empowerment of self-care and the gratification of being purposefully engaged in health, life and ...
  • The Community Foundation for McHenry County Announces 2020 Mission Grant Recipients - (Crystal Lake, IL) The Community Foundation for McHenry County (The Foundation) is pleased to announce the 2020 Mission Grant recipients. The generosity of donors enabled The Foundation to distribute $426,000 to 30 charitable organizations who serve our friends and neighbors in McHenry County.  “Resilience was the theme of the 2020 Mission Grant award”, said Deborah Thielen, Executive Director. “It implies ...
  • We are pleased to announce a new scholarship opportunity for 2021 – the Jennifer Samson Memorial Scholarship Fund. - Jennifer was a highly active high school student in the visual and performing arts. She played the French Horn with the school orchestra and the Mellophone with the Red Raiders Marching Band. She loved to dance and became an excellent tap dancer. She was gifted with a beautiful singing voice which was a major part of her theatrical performances. She ...
  • Additional $250,000 in Grants Awarded from McHenry County Community COVID-19 Response Fund, totaling $500,000 in grants awarded in two months - The Community Foundation for McHenry County and United Way of Greater McHenry County announces second round of grant recipients (Crystal Lake, IL) While McHenry County confronts the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, community members and businesses came together to offer area non-profits a helping hand. The Community Foundation for McHenry County and United Way of Greater McHenry County announced the ...
  • New Board Member Follows in Father’s Footsteps - The Community Foundation for McHenry County Board of Directors Welcomes Cormier (Crystal Lake, IL) While Robert Cormier, Jr., may be the newest member of The Community Foundation for McHenry County’s Board of Directors, he is already quite familiar with their work. Cormier’s father, Robert Cormier, Sr., was a founding member of the Foundation’s board when it first convened in the ...
  • $250,000 in Grants Awarded from McHenry County Community COVID-19 Response Fund - The Community Foundation for McHenry County and United Way of Greater McHenry Awards announce first round of recipients (Crystal Lake, IL) While McHenry County confronts the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, community members and businesses came together to offer area non-profits a helping hand. The Community Foundation for McHenry County and United Way of Greater McHenry County announced the first ...