At Galesburg Community Foundation, we connect donors to community organizations and causes they care about.

Our goal is to make philanthropy as simple as possible. Ready to give now? There are many different ways to give that can best meet your giving interests. You can also consider planned giving, and joining our Bickerdyke Society by including GCF in your will or estate. We offer a number of opportunities for you to leave your legacy and forever create a positive impact in your community.

For more information about ways to give or fund options at GCF contact our office today at 309.344.8898.


Philanthropy Builds New Chemistry Lab at ROWVA

ROWVA High School students are learning in a brand new Chemistry Lab this school year thanks to local philanthropy.

The possibilities are endless

This is an exciting time to celebrate our success, thanks to so many generous community members and to think about the future.

The transfer of wealth can have a giant impact right here at home

The decisions you make today about the legacy you wish to leave can change your community forever.

Reflecting on our history, looking toward our future

As we celebrate 15 years, we sat down to reflect on the most pivotal moments of the Community Foundation’s history. Here’s, a glance into our conversation.

Lessons Learned

Director of Communications, Karlie Elliott Bowman reflects on her 6 years working at Galesburg Community Foundation and what she’s learned.

Putting healthy meals on the table

Jamieson Community Center—like Galesburg Community Foundation—is committed to helping all community members realize their best self.

A Great Place to Live, Grow & Give

Joyce Coffman found the place for her giving nearly 15 years ago when she helped form the Galesburg Community Foundation.

Rev. Jon A. Sibley Sr. Fund Continues Legacy of Dedication to Community

The Rev. Jon A. Sibley Sr. Fund at Galesburg Community Foundation was created to continue Rev. Sibley’s legacy and dedication to community service.

Changing her community through art, and an endowment

Marge Dickinson was a longtime Galva High School art teacher, former president of the Illinois Art Education Association and now, a retired teacher. She started the council to support and encourage artists in her small community and quickly found success thanks to the community’s support.

Music Builds Community in Galva

For the second year in a row, the Galva Arts Council was selected as a recipient of the Levitt AMP $25,000 matching grant, a national creative place-making program dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through the power of free, live music.

A gateway to something greater

“A gateway to something greater for all,” Krista Bushmaker says without hesitation. “That’s what Galesburg Community Foundation is to me, and I know to so many others.”

He simply loved.

Rev. Jon Sibley Sr. simply loved people. It was in his laugh, his legacy of service and in the many interactions he had with others as a pastor, family man and as an Illinois State Trooper. “He was fun-loving,” his wife Vicki recalls. “He loved this place and he wanted to give back.”