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Thank You Annual Support Partners! You Help Make it All Possible!

ASP us! You read that right, ASP us about our Annual Support Partners (ASP) campaign. During 2014 the Board of Trustees and staff of the Morton Community Foundation launched this campaign so we can keep doing the “good stuff”.

Since the MCF was established in 2000 about $1.7 million has moved through the Foundation and into our community through grants, donor advised fund grants and as a place for donors to give to major projects in the community such as the Idlewood Arts Pavilion, the Veteran’s Memorial and the Downtown Plaza. And, we have $3.8 million in endowed funds that will continue to support charitable purposes in our community for generations to come.

We’ve been busy! As we grow, plan for the future and meet the needs of our donors we want to make sure the MCF remains sustainable from an operations perspective. It takes time and money to accomplish all the “good stuff” and we are committed to continuing our mission.

We have had the opportunity to meet with donors this year and many people have joined us by becoming an Annual Support Partner. Their commitment helps us achieve our goal of sustainability. These donors have committed to giving financially to the MCF operations costs on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis for at least the next three years.

We want to thank our Annual Support Partners (listed below) and hope you will ASP us how you can be a part of this important campaign.:


CAPSTONE LEVEL ($5,000 or more per year)
Barb & Phil Kuhl


KEYSTONE LEVEL ($2500 - $4999 per year)
Gail & Craig Barley
Deb & Bradley Braker
Paula & Dennis Ewald
Linc & Dana Hobson
Rotary Club of Morton
Carol & Kevin Sears
Laurus Strategies - Mike Witzig


CORNERSTONE LEVEL ($1000 - $2499 per year)
Barbara B. Brown
Yvonne & Tom Clark
Georgia & Chris Glynn
Kim & Tim Gryl
Gary & Carolyn Henricks
Jean Ann & Gordon Honegger
Tom Harper - JH Car Wash
Carol & David Jankowski
Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home
Mark & Kim Johnson
Mary Jane Johnson
Mike & Michele Kuhl
Mike Murphy Ford
Jackie & Larry Patton
LeAnn & Rob Personett
Tyler & Laura Petersen
Kathy & Jim Ritthaler
Leah & Michael Rochford 
Janice & Don Sherman
Wayne & Janice Tessier
Dennis & Judy Triggs
Finley VandenBerg
Friend of the MCF
Friend of the MCF


FLAGSTONE LEVEL ($500 - $999 per year)
Randy & Joan Belsley
Tom & Laura Elam Family
Keach Architectural Design, Inc. (Cornerstone Level beginning 2015)
Earl & Alice Loring
Wayne & Tammy Menold
David & Mary Mills
Friend of the MCF
Friend of the MCF
Friend of the MCF


FIELDSTONE LEVEL ($250 - $499 per year)


SANDSTONE LEVEL ($100 - $249 per year)
The Aaron Litersky Family
Linda M. Martin
Aaron & Janice Miller
Friend of the MCF



Morton Downtown Plaza and Veterans Memorial Donations

Just imagine a new downtown plaza filled with people of all ages enjoying a walk through the Veterans Memorial, a game of chess, or the soothing sounds of rushing water.  Mothers and fathers, enjoying a conversation while their chidren play in a pumpkin patch or climb through a maze of boulders.  A Friday evening concert or a Saturday afternoon play performed in the heart of our downtown district.  It is all within our reach.

Just imagine how you can be a part of building something in Morton and for Morton that will be here for many generations to come.  There is a place for everyone's contribution in the new Morton Downtown Plaza.  Join us!  You may make donations by downloading one of the forms below, and mailing the completed form, along with your check, to the Morton Community Foundation, 105 E. Jefferson Street, Morton IL  61550.  Or, you may make an online donation by clicking DONATE NOW.  If you donate online, you can further help by electing to pay the online donation fee so that your entire intended donation came be directed to the fund.

CLICK HERE for Frequently Asked Questions

CLICK HERE for Donation Recognition Options



Donations of any amount for general support of the Morton Downtown Plaza are both appreciated and needed.  Click the button below to make an online donation.  


Help us build the Morton Downtown Plaza


Giving Tree Sculpture Debut Announced

Throughout our community there are examples of projects and ideas that were planted, watered, and were given time to mature and grow. The leaders that cultivated these ideas knew they may never benefit directly from what they started. They had a vision and a dream and acted on it. They were thinking and planning for the future, for people that would live in Morton in years to come.

The Giving Tree Garden honors this idea by recognizing our many funds, and people that have donated financially to the Morton Community Foundation so the mission and leadership of the MCF can continue. It was paid for by donors – residents that love our community and want to continue to provide shade for future generations.

Look around Morton and you will find other examples of trees that were planted for the future—McClallen Park, Freedom Hall, The Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center, the Morton Public Library, the Morton Pool, Idlewood Arts Pavilion and the Morton Pumpkin Festival.

The Morton Community Foundation invites you to stop by the Giving Tree Garden and enjoy the view, visit with friends, and sit in its shade.  Is there a tree you would like to plant?  Stop by the office and we can talk about your dream.