Leadership Fund for Now – created by SRCCF to enable us to operate; provide funds for immediate distribution to area agencies and charitable initiatives; and help us build the core administrative fund.  The Leadership Fund for Now is created with unrestricted gifts, earnings on investments and administrative fees. For now, this is where we need your donation the most.

Karl’s Krusaders Fund

Seneca Historical Guild

Voices in Harmony

Arts of Starved Rock Country Fund  – The Fund will offer financial support through competitive grants to charitable organizations and agencies engaged in the world of art throughout Starved Rock Country, and will provide a non-competitive, neutral hub to engage and connect local artists and arts organizations, cultural organizations, sponsors, patrons, and venues in our region and beyond.


The Ottawa/Naplate Disaster Recovery Fund – Financial donations continue to be accepted by the SRCCF to assist individuals, families and businesses impacted by the February 28, 2017 tornado and related storms.


SRCCF Legacy Fund  – accepts gifts from those who have made a bequest to the SRCCF in a will, or other estate document. We will be happy to work with your estate planner. Give us a call 815-252-2906.


Youth Engaged in Philanthropy – YEP – Members ages 10-12 are learning about philanthropy and select grant recipients.  Donate today to help in underwriting the amount of these grants!


Women Inspired Network – WIN – A new Women’s Giving Circle –  Give us a call to learn more or, to donate, click on WIN on the Donate page, and download the donation card. We are creating a large pool of funds to make significant impact in the community.




Robert M. Eschbach Legacy Endowment Fund – In recognition of the vision, dedication and accomplishments of Mayor Bob Eschbach. Created by his sister, Sharon Eschbach Coleman, and her late husband, Ken Coleman, the Eschbach Endowment is designated for the continued aesthetic, cultural and economic development of Ottawa, Illinois.


Flags of Freedom – Flags of Freedom Fund is accepting donations to assist with the purchase of new flags in Princeton and to support project activities. This honorable program is deserving of your gift and we invite you to learn more at


Zero for Heroes – Dollars raised for the Zero 4 Heroes Fund will provide a dog or cat from a local shelter to a Veteran in our area living with PTSD. All expenses relative to the adoption of the pet, veterinary care and food will be provided for two years by Zero 4 Heroes. With your help, this fund will provide the companionship of a pet to Veterans diagnosed with PTSD.


The Carol and Dick Janko Scholarship for Promising Entrepreneurs – Awarded annually for the purpose of granting a scholarship to a student from LaSalle, Bureau, Putnam or Livingston Counties to provide financial assistance to the student to attend a college or university.


The Rising Star Scholarship – Awarded annually for the purpose of granting a scholarship to graduating high school seniors who reside in Marseilles or Seneca, Illinois.  Your contribution to support the Rising Star Scholarship is most welcome.


The Ethel McConnell Donor Advised Fund – When Ed McConnell passed away in July, 2016, his widow Ethel decided to create her fund to make her charitable giving easier. Contributions in Ethel’s honor to the Ethel McConnell Donor Advised Fund are most welcome.


The “Tucker” Tillman Monetary Award –  Tucker was tragically killed July 9, 1973 in an auto accident. This fund was created to honor that memory and to serve as a reminder that we must work together even when times are tough.


Princeton Main Street Revitalization Community Fund –  Plenty of exciting plans for downtown Princeton! Your donation will support the many projects underway now and planned for the future.


TBM Avengers – The TBM Avenger is a World War II torpedo bomber and with only 15 of these magnificent aircraft flying in the world, we are proud to have been able to have hosted some once again!


The Oakland Cemetery Preservation Fund – Whether or not the Oakland Cemetery in Princeton has been a part of your family’s history, consider a gift to the Oakland Cemetery Preservation Fund. Your gift to support the work of a very small, but dedicated team of concerned residents who maintain the Cemetery is greatly appreciated.


Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Fund – The Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation to convert the OACC Foundation to a Donor Advised Fund with the SRCCF.  Gifts to the OACC Community Leadership Fund are tax-deductible in accordance with IRS regulations.


Green*STOCK*TEEN Fund – In Ottawa, a creative new fund, the “Green*Stock*Teen” Fund was established to provide a gift to teens ages 13-19 who may not otherwise receive a holiday gift.  Donations of teen gifts and monetary contributions to the fund are needed year-round.


Danny Nelson Memorial Fund – Danny Nelson was a young father and husband from Princeton, Illinois who tragically passed away on October 11, 2016 after being hit by semi-truck on his way to get lunch for his coworkers and himself. This fund was created by Danny’s family with Danny’s giving and caring spirit in mind. All proceeds of this fund will go to the town of Princeton to be used to better the community, just as Danny would have wanted.


The Lamb Family Fund for Crotty Park Playground – George and Cindy are thrilled to be able to give back to the children in Seneca and the surrounding communities by partnering with the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation to bring an all-inclusive, wheelchair accessible playground to Crotty Park.  The park is located not far from The Shipyards and will be dedicated to Gene and Mary.  The family hopes to provide a variety of equipment at the playground that allows children of any ability to play alongside one another.


The Lamb Family Fund for Ability and Adaption -The Lamb Family Fund for Ability and Adaption was started with a generous gift from George and Cindy Lamb in anticipation of making charitable gifts to organizations and agencies that serve individuals living with physical disabilities.


The Corbin Burress Superhero Fund – This fund will benefit those who have confronted similar obstacles in life that Corbin has. With your donations, we can help more and more people who truly need it! We have high hopes for the Corbin Burress Superhero Fund and cannot wait to see what our journey with Corbin and his family has in store.


The Margaret Messer Memorial Fund –  To honor and in memory of Margie, her daughter Pamela created the Margaret Messer Memorial Donor Advised Fund, which will provide grant funding to organizations that support Margie’s most cherished values – people of faith, mothers and children. We are honored to recognize the grateful heart that served Margie so well throughout her lifetime.


Captain Thomas J. Heitmann Memorial Fund – Wanting to expand their charitable giving in memory of Thomas, Mary and Tom created the Captain Thomas John Heitmann Memorial Donor Advised Fund with the Foundation.  Captain Thomas John Heitmann had many ideas and dreams to give back to so many.  Grants to make some of those dreams come true will be made from the Fund.


a brush with history – Our public art mural program, aptly called Ottawa’s a brush with history, was started in 2000 in an effort to revive Ottawa’s once famously bustling downtown that was devastated by the long recession of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.


The Internet of Things (IoT) Scholarship for Engineering, Science and Technology – A $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to one male and one female pursuing a degree from an accredited, degree granting college or university pursuing a degree in engineering, science and/or technology with a focus on IoT.


NEW: Illini State Park Foundation Fund – The Illini State Park Foundation Fund was created to accept donations to provide financial support for the Illini State Park and the Illinois Fallen Soldier Tree Memorial, both located in Marseilles, Illinois.



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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