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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.

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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

We would like to extend an invitation to you for this very special event...

The Morton Community Foundation will host a debut ceremony for its beautiful Giving Tree (it’s an amazing sculpture…21 ft High X 12 Ft Wide) on Thursday, September 4 at 5pm in the new Giving Tree Garden located at the corner of Jefferson and First Streets next to the Morton Community Foundation at 105 E. Jefferson Street, Morton.  There will be a brief ceremony and the Giving Tree sculptor, Morgan Elser, will be on hand as well.

Garden and sculpture at the Morton Community Foundation. 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.




Craig Barley Announces Annual Support Partners Program

Craig Barley, MCF Board PresidentIn the coming weeks, you’ll be hearing more about ways you can be involved in helping the Morton Community Foundation continue its good work in Morton.
What a wonderful success story the Morton Community Foundation has been! Since our founding in 2000, many families, individuals and businesses have made donations enabling MCF to make grants to local not-for-profits totaling almost $250,000. Through the Foundation, donors have granted almost $50,000 in scholarships and another $1.5 million to help build community assets such as the new baseball field at Westwood Park, the Morton Aquatic Center, and the Idlewood Arts Pavilion. When we add in grants from Designated Funds and Donor Choice Funds, the impact of local giving is truly remarkable, and the Foundation is proud to serve as a conduit for local residents to fulfill their charitable dreams. And that’s just the start!
Yes, the Foundation has been growing and changing rapidly. From a modest beginning with four funds, we’ve now grown to over 40 funds. Our Grant Announcement open house, Oktoberfest and Christmas Tree-lighting ceremony have become eagerly-anticipated annual events on Morton’s social calendar. But it takes time and money to accomplish all this good work. To ensure that we are here “for Morton, for ever”, we will be contacting Morton residents to solicit their support – treasure, time and talents – so the Foundation can focus on its mission of improving the quality of life for our Morton-area residents. 
The Foundation has established a goal of 70 new Annual Support Partners in 2014.  An Annual Support Partner is an individual, family, or business that signs an intent form indicating their support of the operating fund of the Morton Community Foundation at any level for 3-5 years.  Look for more information on the Foundation’s Annual Support Partner campaign in the near future.

MJHS Help-athon Donates to Morton Helping Hands Fund

From left – Evan Pfeifer, Olivia Witzig, Scott Witzig, Executive Director of MCF, Nicole Leman, Aspen Gordon, and Kalahan Aberle. Pictured in back are Lee Hoffman, principal at MJHS, and Chris Carter, assistant principal at MJHS.

Top Fundraising students, as well as Administrators from Morton Junior High School presented a check for $540 to be placed in the Morton Helping Hands Fund, a component fund of the Morton Community Foundation.  The money is a portion of the money collected by MJHS students during their MJHS Helpathon fundraiser which raised a total of $22,000 for the Junior High as well as 4 local charities.  

On Wednesday, Oct. 9 the entire MJHS student body, faculty and staff went out into the community as part of this year’s fund-raiser.  Students were asked to seek donations to sponsor their involvement in a service project in the community.  The money raised from this new fundraiser will be used for projects around the school such as risers for the music program, digital lab equipment for the science department, wrestling mats, Scholastic Bowl materials, a Cross Country and Track timer, materials for the library, and a Softball fence.  In addition 10% of all money raised is being donated to four designated charities:

  • American Heart Association
  • Morton Helping Hands, a Component Fund of the Morton Community Foundation
  • Military families through the Family Readiness program
  • Children’s Hospital

CLICK HERE for photos taken during Helpathon.