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The Cook County Community Fund (CCCF), in partnership with Northern Wilds Media, is delighted to provide this free guide to giving in Cook County. I know that non-profit and community organizations work at all levels within our community. They succeed because people like you support them with your time, energy, and financial resources.

There are many groups providing much needed services in Cook County and most are represented here. Most are 501(c)(3) non-profits, some are civic or volunteer groups. We wanted to include as many as possible so you may decide where your talents and capabilities fit with these organizations through joining, volunteering or contributing. CCCF cannot necessarily endorse these organizations (though we do give to worthy requests through our grants process), but we encourage you to follow your own interests in making choices when giving. Please contact your financial planner or check other resources to learn about any organization you choose. I invite you to become a part of these important efforts by joining, volunteering, or contributing. You can also give to the CCCF, whose local advisory board recommends and distributes grants each year to support these local nonprofits. The CCCF was founded in 2003 by area residents to build a permanent endowed fund to meet the charitable needs of our area. For more information, go to www.cookcountycommunityfund.org. We would love to have you join us.

We are partnered with the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation (DSACF).  This benefits Cook County because they are large enough, as we are not, to have the structure and staff to run a foundation.  We have an all-volunteer board, and direct all the spending from the earnings of our fund back to Cook County.

Please let us know how it can be improved to make it even more useful for you. Thank you for all you do to make Cook County a great place to live.

Howard Hedstrom
CCCF Advisory Board Chair

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