About the CCCF

The Mission

The Mission of the Cook County Community Fund is to enhance the quality of life for the people of Cook County by attracting charitable gifts, making philanthropic grants, and providing responsible financial stewardship and community leadership.

What does this mean?

The Cook County Community Fund was established in 2003 by area residents to build a permanent endowed fund to meet the charitable needs of the Cook County area.  An affiliate fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, the Cook County Community Fund taps into management expertise, administrative support, and the advantage of pooling resources for investment provided by the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation to enhance the quality of life in the Cook County area.

Each year, the Cook County Community Fund Advisory Board meets to recommend funding that meets community needs in the following areas: Arts, Community Development, Education, Environment, Human Services and Youth. Grants from the fund range from $500-$2,500. The deadline to apply is May 1.

To learn more about the application process or view some of the organizations previously funded by the Cook County Community Fund, visit: www.cookcountycommunityfund.org.
To speak with someone about funding opportunities within Cook County, please contact the Community Foundation office at 218.726.0232 and ask to speak with the Director of Community Philanthropy.

Annual Reports (pdfs)

Advisory Board

Howard Hedstrom, Chair
Michael Carlson, Vice chair
Mary Petz, Secretary
Tracy Benson
Karen Halbersleben
Richard Olson
Amber Pratt
Ann Possis
Sue Riley
Ruthanne Hedstrom Vos