10/1/17 Update: As of the beginning of October, the Disaster Recovery Fund now holds just over $300,000.00! We are thrilled with response from the community and others who have shown empathy for those affected by the February tornadoes. We are, of course, still accepting donations and will be as long as there is a need for recovery funds. The Long Term Disaster Recovery Team has been reviewing and fulfilling application requests for a few months now; putting a good portion of the donated money to its intended use! Applications are still being accepted and there are still many that need to be reviewed, so if you or someone you know still needs recovery help, don’t hesitate to apply for it. We hope that the fund will continue to grow and we will be able to help as many people as possible. So remember, keep donating and keep helping those in need!

6/19/17 Update: As we pass the 100 day mark, the Disaster Recovery Fund has grown to over $275,000.00! With more money still coming in daily, the growth is definitely not done, even though it has slowed considerably. Although the response from the community has been phenomenal, there are still many who need help and the fund has not grown quite enough to help everyone. IN SHORT, WE STILL NEED DONATIONS! The Long Term Disaster Recovery Team is now accepting applications for assistance and some have already been approved. We are on the way to recovery on this long and winding road; lets traverse it together. 

Financial donations are being accepted by the SRCCF to assist individuals, families and businesses impacted by the February 28, 2017 tornado and related storms.  CLICK ON THE DONATE BUTTON to make a contribution online.

It is ALWAYS best to go to the source! The Starved Rock Country Community Foundation is not and never has charged an administrative fee for the Disaster Recovery Fund. %100 of the donations received will be distributed to those in financial need as a result of the February 28th tornado. If you need financial assistance call 1-800-451-1954 to obtain a case number. After obtaining your case number, a case worker will contact you to help you apply for assistance.

100% of contributions to the Disaster Recovery Fund will be used for LOCAL recovery efforts.  No administrative fees are being assessed against the Fund.  

If you prefer to make a financial contribution by mail, please make your check payable to SRCCF and mail to:

Starved Rock Country Community Foundation

718 Columbus Street

Ottawa, IL  61350

In person financial donations may also be made at the First National Bank of Ottawa, 701 LaSalle Street, Ottawa, IL  61350. Make checks payable to SRCCF.

Financial Plus Credit Union has also partnered with the Community Foundation to accept financial contributions for the Disaster Recovery Fund. Visit Financial Plus to find out what locations you can visit to donate.

All financial contributions made for Disaster Recovery will be restricted for use ONLY for local Disaster Recovery.

The Community Foundation will coordinate disaster relief efforts with other appropriate agencies in the community.


For the most up-to-date information on the disaster that occurred on February 28, please visit this page. This is a direct link to the LaSalle County Tornado Facebook, they will have the most up-to-date and accurate information available.

Your unrestricted donation to the Leadership Fund for Now is just that, a gift for NOW. It enables us to operate, provides funds for immediate distribution to area agencies and charitable initiatives and helps us build the core administrative fund. The Leadership Fund for Now is made up of unrestricted donations, earnings on investments, and administrative fees. This is where we need your donation the most.
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