Grantee Partners

We are grateful to our Foundation family of donors, nonprofit organizations, and community members who work tirelessly for a better future for our villages. The Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation is proud to work in partnership with you, to rise up and meet our community’s greatest challenges. Together, our leadership, advocacy, and generosity will trans-form lives and grow prosperity, now and for generations to come.

Our Vision

A racially just society in which all members of our community thrive and prosper.

Our Mission

Unite community members to mobilize resources to advance a racially just society and equitable outcomes for residents of Oak Park, River Forest and surrounding communities.

Our Core Values





Grant Recipients

Community Grants

  • African American Christian Foundation
  • Alliance to End Homelessness
  • Children's Research Triangle
  • Collaboration for Early Childhood
  • HOPE Fair Housing Center
  • Lutheran Child & Family Services
  • MOMENTA, Inc.
  • Oak Park & River Forest Day Nursery
  • Oak-Leyden Developmental Services
  • Race Conscious Dialogues
  • Sisterhouse
  • Strategic Partners in Arts and Culture (SPAC)
  • Thrive Counseling Center
  • Youth Educational Mentoring Basketball Association (YEMBA)
  • Beyond Hunger (formerly Oak Park & River Forest Food Pantry)
  • Housing Forward
  • Hephzibah Children's Association
  • Sarah's Inn
  • Pro Musica Youth Chorus
  • United Way of Metropolitan Chicago (West Cook)

Giving Group Grants

NextGen Leaders in Philanthropy
  • PING!
  • Echo Theater Collective
  • Beat the Streets Chicago
Women Leaders in Philanthropy
  • Collaboration for Early Childhood
  • Youth Educational Mentoring Basketball Association (YEMBA)
  • New Moms
  • NAMI Metro Suburban
Entrepreneur Leaders in Philanthropy
  • Big Idea: “It’s Our Future”
  • OPRFHS Incubator Program
  • Dominican University Business Plan Challenge

Future Philanthropists Program Grants

  • Youth Educational Mentoring Basketball Association (YEMBA)
  • Hephzibah Children's Association
  • Kidz Express
  • Opportunity Knocks
  • Youth Outreach Services
  • Beyond Hunger (formerly Oak Park & River Forest Food Pantry)
  • Oak Park Women's Guild
  • Sarah's Inn
  • Infant Welfare Society, Circle 80

Kott Memorial Trust Grants
43 grants, total of $1,502,000

  • AgeOptions
  • Aging Care Connections
  • Casa Central Social Services Corporation
  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
  • Center for Disability and Elder Law
  • Center of Concern
  • Chicago Commons Association
  • Concordia University Chicago
  • Concordia University, Inc.
  • Dental Lifeline Network Illinois
  • Des Plaines Community Senior Center
  • Elderwerks
  • Franciscan Tertiary of the Sacred Heart, Inc.
  • Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly
  • Howard Brown Health
  • Humanitarian Service Project
  • Illinois Saint Andrew Society
  • Kenneth Young Center
  • Kott Gerontology Institute
  • L'Arche Chicago
  • Little City Foundation
  • Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Centers
  • Lutheran Child & Family Services
  • Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
  • Meals at Home/Meals on Wheels, Northeastern Illinois
  • Meals on Wheels Foundation of Northern Illinois
  • Metropolitan Mayors Caucus
  • North Shore Senior Center
  • Northern Illinois Food Bank
  • Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry d/b/a Beyond Hunger
  • Oak-Leyden Developmental Services
  • Open Arms Free Clinic, Inc.
  • Palatine Township Senior Citizen Council
  • Park District of Oak Park
  • People Care, Inc.
  • People's Resource Center
  • Senior Home Sharing
  • St Eulalia Church
  • United Cerebral Palsy Seguin of Greater Chicago
  • Walworth County Food Pantry Inc.
  • Wesley Willows A Methodist Retirement Home
  • West Cook YMCA, Inc.
  • Window to the World Communications, Inc.


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