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Give Day - 250 Donors, $10K, One Day

Thursday, May 14, was Foundation Give Day 2015.  The Morton Community Foundation Trustees challenged everyone in our community to consider making a one time gift in support of the Morton Community Foundation.  No amount too small.  Every Gift Counts.

We are pleased to report that our first ever Foundation Give Day was a tremendous success.  We're so thankful for the 77 donors who partnered with us by dropping off checks, mailing in donations, and donating online, a total of $7,859.  We're especially excited that 25 of those gifts were from FIRST TIME donors to the Morton Community Foundation.

The money donated during this campaign will help the MCF continue to "plant trees" that will be the "shade" for today, and for future generations. We are truly grateful for all your support.

MCF Board of Trustees, and...
Scott Witzig. Executive Director



2015 Grant Cycle... Just the Beginning

A 2014 Grant was given to "Heart of Morton" serving young adults with developmental disabilities. The grant was to be used to purchase needed equipment for the Heart of Morton Embroidery (HOME) business, providing real life job training and an income stream for Heart of Morton.The Morton Community Foundation is now accepting applications for its 12th annual Spring Grant Cycle until Friday, March 13, 2015.  We will likely receive $85,000 - $90,000 in requests from local charities, schools, and governmental entities (Village, Park District, Library, etc.).  A committee of about 15 individuals from our community will review the grant applications and make a recommendation to the Morton Community Foundation Board of Trustees on how much each organization will receive. This year the MCF has $38,775 to give in grants.  It’s quite an impressive and rather extensive process, and for the organizations requesting the funding, the grants are both needed and greatly appreciated.

But, did you know the annual Spring Grant Cycle is only the beginning?  In 2015, the Morton Community Foundation will also be providing $15,000 in memorial and field of study scholarships, primarily to Morton area High School Seniors who plan to go on to colleges and universities, and who qualify either because of their efforts during high school, or because of their chosen field of study.

Grant checks totaling an additional $87,500 will be presented in 2015 by the MCF to charities and organizations as directed by individuals who hold Donor Advised Funds and Designated Funds at the MCF. Donor advised funds allow donors to have ongoing involvement in the use of their gifts. Designated Funds have been established by donors to provide annual funding that is “designated” to a specific organization or purpose.

Another $17,000 in grants will be presented to charities in 2015 from the Foundation’s Agency and Field of Interest Funds.  That makes a total of $158,275 worth of support being sent out from the Morton Community Foundation to help all the area organizations in their work.

Did you know that the Morton Community Foundation serves as a central donation point for many of our local capital projects?  Two examples of these types of projects are the Idlewood Arts Pavilion and the Morton Downtown Plaza.  It is estimated that about $100,000 - $300,000 will go to these two capital projects in 2015.

We’re proud to be the one local charity whose sole purpose is to support both the charitable purposes of donors, and the charitable organizations serving our area.  When you give to the Morton Community Foundation, you are impacting all of Morton.

Please contact me anytime if you would like to learn more about the MCF or have questions about any of our funds. Also, “like us” on Facebook or send us your email so you can be included in our electronic newsletters. Every dream matters. Every gift counts.


2015 Grant Cycle Begins


Grant Process 2015 Timeline

  • Friday, February 20 - GRANT CYCLE BEGINS... Grant applications accepted until March 14
  • Friday, March 13 - Deadline for grants to be received at the MCF office no later than 5pm.
  • First week of April - Grant Review Committee meets & agrees on recommended distributions.
  • Friday, April 10 - MCF Board of Trustees reviews and approves Grant Committee recommendations.
  • Thursday, April 23 - Grantees are informed... public announcements... checks follow.




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Year-End Newsletter

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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