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Realize Your Philanthropic Vision

Realize Your Philanthropic Vision

Getting Started With Us

The Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation has supported our area’s progress and growth for decades. We’ve done so by engaging in a spirit of collaboration and partnership with donors who seek to realize their philanthropic passions, and who wish to create traditions of giving that improve the lives of everyone who calls our neighborhoods “home.”

We'll discover where your interests in our community lie, and explore what aspects of our residents' lives you'd like to nourish Then we'll put your money to work in those areas, by supporting organizations and initiatives that ensure your dollars make an immediate and tangible difference in the world around you.

We are grateful for your commitment to the continued growth and progress of Oak Park, River Forest and surrounding communities, today and for generations to come.


Transforming Our Community Together

In a community as generous and diverse as ours, it can be a complex process to choose where to put your philanthropic dollars. We can help. The Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation has played an integral part in our community’s rich history and well-being, and we continue to play a significant role in nurturing our community’s bright future.

Giving is personal. Maybe there’s a cause or an organization that is close to your heart. Or perhaps it’s a family tradition — or one you hope to start. Whatever the reason, the Community Foundation is here to help you maximize your philanthropic giving to its fullest potential.

When you develop a funding strategy with the Foundation, you establish an influential practice and a legacy of charitable giving that can improve individuals’ lives, advance the work of local organizations and help community-based initiatives thrive. Your generosity and vision helps residents in Oak Park-River Forest and its surrounding areas flourish.

The Foundation remains unwavering in our commitment to grow the funds donors have entrusted to us, and will preserve their wishes regarding how we manage those funds in perpetuity.

We are at our best when we grow together.

We are your community foundation. With our knowledge and expertise, we have the ability to turn your financial gift into a unique and lasting legacy that will have meaningful impact on individuals, families and organizations in Oak Park-River Forest and our neighboring communities.

Whatever your philanthropic goals, we invite you to partner with us. Learn more about our communities and how investing with the Foundation can assist in achieving your goal of establishing a legacy of giving, toward issues you care about deeply.

With our donors’ generous help in the past, we’ve changed lives for the better. With your committed investment in the future, we’ll continue to do so for years to come. We look forward to being your partner in philanthropy.



We welcome the opportunity to partner with you to establish a tradition of community giving. Philanthropic Advisor Carrie Summy is ready to help you get started. Please contact her at [email protected] or 708-848-1560.


1049 Lake Street, Suite 204
Oak Park, IL 60301


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On Mondays and Fridays, staff may be working remotely. Please make an appointment in advance or call ahead to verify that someone is available to receive you.

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