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ABOUT THE ROCHELLE AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

The Rochelle Area Community Foundation offers an opportunity for individuals, families, and businesses to leave a legacy for future generations that will sustain the quality of life which we have enjoyed for decades. The Community Foundation is a public, charitable organization designed to attract gifts that will be shared with Rochelle Area non-profit organizations for the benefit of the entire community.

How does the Rochelle Area Community Foundation work?

The Foundation provides a simple and flexible way to invest in the future of Rochelle and neighboring communities. The Foundation allows individual or business donors to contribute to one organization that benefits many, allowing donors may to achieve their charitable goals.

The Foundation Board, with a diverse membership, will manage the funds to achieve the goals of the non-profit community foundation. Gifts to the Foundation will provide a lasting endowment, and the Foundation will provide caretaker services for the funds.

Who Benefits?

Donors either may be specific about where their gifts are used or may allow the Foundation to assess the needs of the community and fund projects accordingly. The Foundation plans for a broad focus of beneficiaries that include the arts, education, health and community services, and community development. The greatest advantage of the Rochelle Area Community Foundation for donors flexibility. The projects and organizations selected will ensure that the needs of the community are met.

What ensures the Foundation is lasting?

Through the endowment process your gift will grow, and the board of directors will determine its use. A small percentage of the funds are distributed annually, while the remainder is wisely invested. As the investment grows, more and more money is returned to the Rochelle Area Community’s needs.

Are gifts tax-deductible?

Yes, all gifts are tax-deductible. Gifts are federally exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code.

How may I become a contributor to the Rochelle Area Community Foundation?

There are many ways to support the Foundation. No gift is too small, and all gifts are important to the success of the Foundation.

A single gift or an annual gift may be given to the Foundation, or your contribution may also be made through a designation in your will. Click here for more information on Ways To Give »

Who do I contact?

Kim Montgomery, Executive Director at 815-561-3600. By email: kim@rochellefoundation.org »

VISION

RACF envisions a generous, vibrant, and sustainable community.

 

MISSION

RACF improves the community through charitable giving, encourages a spirit of philanthropy, develops collaborative partnerships, and improves the quality of life of the community.

 

FAQ

Q: What is the Rochelle Area Community Foundation?

A: The Foundation was a vision of Leonard Carmichael’s and he gathered a core group of community volunteers in 2004 and 2005 to explore the feasibility of establishing a Community Foundation. The RACF was incorporated in December 2005 and was granted not-for-profit status by the Internal Revenue Service in November 2006. Board members are volunteers and serve a maximum of two, three-year terms.

Q: Why another Foundation?

A: We primarily focus on other not-for-profit organizations, which enable the RACF to serve the charitable interests of the entire community. Gifts are invested in an endowment fund. This differs from a capital or operational fund because it will last forever.

The RACF is a vehicle for philanthropy.

Q: How is the money invested?

A: Currently the funds are invested with the DeKalb County Community Foundation.

Q: How are gifts awarded?

A: We serve not-for-profit organizations in the Rochelle area and our boundaries mirror the Rochelle Township High School District. Each year agencies and organizations have an opportunity to apply for funds. Grants are generally awarded for programs or needs outside of operational expenses.

Q: How do I make a gift?

A: We welcome gifts of all amounts. The gifts may be designated or undesignated and are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Our Executive Director, Kim Montgomery or any board member may help with your donation.

Q: How can I help?

A: There are many ways that you can help the Foundation and your community. You can advocate for the RACF as you prepare your estate. You may also contribute to the RACF Founding Circle. Finally you may know of someone or another group that would like to hear this message.

 

 

Board of Directors

Rochelle Area Community Foundation: Founder

Leonard Carmichael was a lifelong farmer and owner of Maplehurst Farms in Rochelle. He fulfilled his longtime dream of giving by establishing the Rochelle Area Community Foundation in 2006. He passed away on December 12, 2009 at his home in Rochelle with his family by his side.

Kim Montgomery
Foundation Executive Director Kim joined the Foundation in October of 2009, bringing a varied professional background from sales to business management and experience with not-for-profit organziations as a staff member and board member. She is also very active in community.
Marisol Martinez
Marisol works at HOPE of Ogle County, serving adults and children who have experienced domestic abuse. She has also been a long-time employee of Alfano’s restaurant. Born and raised in Rochelle, Marisol is passionate about serving her community.
John Shank
John is the publisher of the Rochelle News-Leader, as well as division manager over multiple newspaper publications in Illinois, Arizona and Wyoming. He is a past board member of the Rochelle Rotary Club, the Hub City Senior Center and the United Way of Ogle County. He and his wife Maria have three sons.
Jenny Thompson
Jenny is the Marketing Manager for the City of Rochelle and Rochelle Municipal Utilities. She is a member of First Presbyterian Church. At First Presbyterian Church she teaches three-five year old Sunday school. Jenny and her husband Tim reside in Rochelle with their two daughters.
Ryan Behrends
Ryan is a budding golfer, amateur boxer and aspiring cook. When he’s not enjoying his hobbies he works as a financial representative for COUNTRY Financial, assisting his clients with insurance, retirement planning, and estate planning. Ryan is also an active member of the Rochelle Rotary Club.
Cal Jacobs
Cal was the President and General Manager of Rochelle Foods for over 16 years (retiring in 2011), and worked for Hormel Foods for a total of over 36 years. He has three children and three grandchildren, and he is also on the board of the Rochelle Summer Lunch Program.
Amy Hayden
Amy is a lifelong Rochelle resident and has been a teacher at Central School for five years. She was the Title 1 Reading/ESL teacher for four years and is now a 4th Grade teacher. Amy is a past board member of the RTHS Education Foundation and the Free Lunch Program for Kids.
Joe Meadows
Joe has served our local residents and businesses for over three decades with insurance and investment solutions. Joe is also on the board of Crossroads Community Church in Rochelle. He and his wife Sharlene of 37 years have two daughters.
Lauren Hintzsche
Lauren holds a Master's Degree in Physical Education and is the Physical Education Specialist in the Rochelle Elementary District. She is active in many community programs. She has three children - Mike, Riley and Bryce. Lauren and her husband John also farm in the area.
Kim Huntley
Kim is a lifelong resident of Rochelle, and an area farmer and businessman. He also serves on the Board of the First National Bank and Trust of Rochelle. He also serves on the finacial committee for RACF and is an active volunteer in the Rochelle community.
Brent Ohlinger
Brent was born and raised in Rochelle. He attended the University of Illinois, earning a B.S. in Agriculture Economics. He started his banking career in 1992. Brent and his wife Jackee have two children - Madelyn and Alison and are members of St. Patrick's Church.
Jim Tolan
Jim Tolan is the retired CFO of Holcomb State Bank and now enjoys being a full-time husband, father, and grandfather. As well as serving the community through various organizations, Jim enjoys spending his time hunting, golfing and helping on the family farm.
Trisha Vaughn
Trisha was born and raised in Rochelle, a graduate of RTHS, she earned her B.S. at Bradley University followed by a D.V.M. from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and J.D. from Northern Illinois University College of Law. Trisha resides in Rochelle with her husband, John and enjoys raising their three children. Trisha serves on the Board of the Rochelle Elementary School and is an active volunteer with her children’s school and extracurricular activities.
Stephanie Williams
Stephanie is a local business woman, wife and mother of two. Raised in Rochelle, she went on to earn her degree from Eastern Illinois University where she met her husband, Danny. The two returned to Rochelle where they own and operate Lifeworks Photography Studio. Stephanie has served on the Board of the Rochelle Child Care Center and is active with the Rochelle Chamber of Commerce.
Tim Hayden
Tim is a realtor with Hayden Real Estate. A lifelong resident, he is a fulltime broker and appraiser, specializing in new construction, commercial, and residential. Tim and his wife Geri live with their children in Rochelle.
Cathy Cox
Cathy started at First National Bank as a teller & has worked her way up to Senior VP. She is responsible for marketing & a variety of information services. Cathy enjoys spending time with her husband Jim Cox & their Rottweiler Roxie.