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.

As we embark on the next 15 years of positively changing our region forever through philanthropy, our Board Chair, Dr. John McClean, and our President & CEO, Joshua Gibb, share their thoughts about what the future holds for Galesburg Community Foundation.

During the past 15 years, Galesburg Community Foundation has grown and established endowed funds in excess of $30 million dollars but our vision for the future is about so much more than dollars. Your Community Foundation exists to inspire and encourage the untapped potential of nonprofits, and one of the ways to do that is to strengthen partnerships among the people of our community—between nonprofits, businesses, government, financial advisors and people like you. We hope our vision and work reflects the ever-changing needs of the people who live in this region.

By 2025, Galesburg Community Foundation will be a conduit for community problem solving. We will be the permanent, cohesive and reliable resource for giving in this region. We can accomplish this with your help.

We are committed to the idea that endowment is the greatest way to effect permanent, positive change forever. We know that more work needs to be done to spread that message. Sometimes it’s as simple as a phone call to our office.

This is our work: helping people create legacies for the things they are passionate about, for the things that you hold in your heart. It only takes a moment to pause and consider how your lifetime imprint in the community can positively impact generations to come. We want to walk alongside you and empower you as you make those decisions.

The Community Foundation is a place for everyone with a passion for making their community a better place. We’re glad to sit down and listen to your biggest ideas for our region and to help make those dreams a reality. No matter what your gift is, from $5 to millions of dollars, your contributions can and will make a significant difference in our region.

This is an exciting time to celebrate our success, thanks to so many generous community members and to think about the future. At your Community Foundation, we want to inspire. We want to motivate. We want to open eyes, and we want people to know that it is about more than money. This is our path forward to a healthier community and we are energized and hopeful as we take the next step into the future.

Tune in below to learn more about our vision for the future.





Donations of any size may be made to the All In For the Arts Fund at Galesburg Community Foundation and will be matched 2:1 up to $20,000 if $40,000 is raised locally.


Your Community Foundation is proactively supporting local nonprofits to help ensure the services they provide continue, including proactively awarding 2020 Turnout Grants.

Philanthropy & Collaboration Will Move Us Forward

The work of our local nonprofits doesn’t just happen. The work of feeding, sheltering, serving, caring, educating, informing and entertaining is all possible thanks to philanthropy and our generous community members who continue giving—even during difficult times. We are proud to say philanthropy is hard at work in our region.


Collaboration is key to ensuring hundreds of meals are being delivered to local school children. And collaboration is exactly what’s in order for Knox College’s Blessings in a Backpack, the United Way of Knox County and the Galesburg Lions Club.

Local College Student Puts Her Skills to Work for the Good of Her Community

Whitney Koss hasn’t allowed COVID-19 to stop her from serving her community, even if it’s from her family’s kitchen table in Oneida.

Finding Connection & Joy in Giving

Ryan Maloney inspires others to give of their time and money.