2022 Member Ballot and Voting

It’s time to cast your vote! As a 2022 member of The Foundation’s GIVE360 Program, you have the important task of determining which McHenry County charitable organizations will be a recipient of the generosity shown by giving circle members. This year, you and the other GIVE360 members will be distributing (3) grants of $5,800 each, totaling $17,400.

The Voting Process

As a GIVE360 member, you have three (3) votes to cast. You can distribute each vote however you wish among the eligible organizations. For instance, you can:

  • Cast all three votes for a single organization.
  • Divide your votes, offering two votes to one organization and one vote to another.
  • Or cast one vote for three different organizations.

Your ballot must be completed online or received at The Foundation office no later than Friday, February 10 at 4:00 p.m. to be included in the vote. We are unable to count late submissions.

Agencies who are eligible to receive funding must meet the following criteria:

  • have an operating budget under one million dollars,
  • applied for The Foundation’s Mission Grants in 2022, but were not selected or did not receive full funding for their requests,
  • did not receive a GIVE360 grant the prior year.

To view the list of eligible charities and their 2022 funding requests, CLICK HERE.

To view the list of past recipients, CLICK HERE.

Thank you to all our GIVE360 members who voted! Voting is now closed. Stayed tuned for information regarding the award winners.

Award Celebration
We will host a reception to present the awards to our deserving charitable organizations. Stay tuned for more information!

Please make sure to include your email address and phone number when completing your online ballot or mailing in your paper ballot.

GIVE360 Program

Our GIVE360 program is a giving circle that was initiated by The Community Foundation in 2015 as a way to make philanthropy easy for anyone. Donors make a minimum donation of $360 annually to support the needs in our community utilizing the idea of collective giving. The program pools all donations and provides grants to nonprofit agencies serving our neighbors and friends in McHenry County. Half of the funds collected each year are given out as grants with the other half are endowed to ensure ongoing support in the future.

Some of the key benefits to being a GIVE360 donor are:

  • Learning about community philanthropy and the various nonprofit organizations serving our community
  • Invitations to Give360 events which will connect you with fellow philanthropists
  • Getting more involved and making a contribution in your community
  • Becoming aware and empowered about issues affecting the community
  • Learning about the value and strength of collective giving
  • Finding out firsthand that you do have the ability to change people’s lives
  • Becoming part of the community’s solutions
  • Playing a key role in providing sizable grants to support important work by chosen nonprofit organizations in our community
    If you would like to become a member, click here. If you would like more information about this fund, please email [email protected] or call 815.338.4483.

    2021 GIVE360 Grant Recipients

    Congratulations to the 2021 GIVE360 Grant Recipients. Because of the generosity of our GIVE360 members, three area non-profits were each awarded a $5,000 grant to use as they see fit.

    GiGi’s Playhouse McHenry County - $5,000 Grant Recipient
    Pictured: Andrew Hamilton, GiGi’s Board Member and Donna Sather, Assistant Director of Development, The Foundation

    McHenry County Conservation Foundation - $5,000 Grant Recipient
    Pictured: Deb Thielen, Executive Director, The Community Foundation for McHenry County, Martie Gorman, McHenry County Conservation Foundation Board Member and Shawna Flavell, Executive Director, McHenry County Conservation Foundation

    Why I Give
    There are so many worthy non-profits that strive to improve life in McHenry County, help those in need, or serve the underserved that it's difficult to single one out to donate to. The GIVE360 Program is a perfect way for a community member to donate approximately a dollar a day and have three agencies a year receive a grant to help in their efforts. I also love the concept of the full circle......a donation starts in our community and ends up in our community.

    Martie Gorman, GIVE360 Member and McHenry County Conservation Foundation Board Member

    NAMI McHenry County - $5,000 Grant Recipient

    2020 GIVE360 Grant Recipients

    Congratulations to the 2020 GIVE360 Grant Recipients. Because of the generosity of the GIVE360 members, three area non-profits were each awarded a $5,000 grant for a total of $15,000, and increased the GIVE360 Endowment Fund to nearly $135,000.

    Bernie’s Book Bank - $5,000 Grant Recipient
    Pictured: Deb Thielen, Executive Director, The Foundation and Darrin Utynek, Chief Executive Officer at Bernie’s Book Bank.

    Family Health Partnership - $5,000 Grant Recipient
    Pictured: Suzanne Hoban, Executive Director, Family Health Partnership and Lyndsey Thompson, Program Director, The Foundation.

    Main Stay Therapeutic Farm - $5,000 Grant Recipient
    Pictured: Deb Thielen, Executive Director, The Foundation, Shauna Egan, Director of Development, Main Stay, Casa (a rescued carriage horse); and Loriann Dowell, Executive Director, Main Stay.