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Rochelle Community Endowment Fund

A permanent, endowed, unrestricted fund established by Leonard Carmichael in 2005, from which annual grants are made to qualifying programs and organizations who provide services in the arts, education, community development and health and community services to residents in the Rochelle area.

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Community Leader Administrative Fund

A permanent, endowed fund, established by Phil Hasz in 2010, in honor of local community leaders, Leonard Carmichael, Phil May and Bill Hayes. Income from this fund will benefit the administrative costs of the Rochelle Area Community Foundation.

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Rochelle Child Care Center Endowment Fund

A permanent, endowed fund, established in 2011 with a Leonard Carmichael Matching grant. Income from this fund will benefit the Rochelle Child Care Center.

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RTHSEF Endowment for Education Fund

A permanent, endowed fund, established in 2011 with a Leonard Carmichael Matching grant. Income from this fund will benefit programs of Rochelle Township High School.

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RACF Rotary Fund

RACF Founder, Leonard Carmichael, was a dedicated Rotarian. He engaged fellow Rotarians in the establishment of RACF, and encouraged participation in the Founders Circle of RACF. The RACF Rotary Fund is a non-endowed fund established by the Rochelle Rotary Club for the purpose of hosting an annual Gala Fundraiser that benefits various non-profit organizations in the local area.

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Arts Enrichment Fund

This fund will provide grants to enhance arts and culture within our communities.

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Community Advancement Fund

To accomplish projects that will enhance the communities in which we live, learn, work, and play.

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Human Service Fund

Grants from this fund will benefit organizations that meet the needs of our neigbors and friends.

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Rochelle Foods Hunger Challenge Fund

A permanent, endowed, field of interest fund established in 2011 by Rochelle Foods with a grant from Hormel Charitable Foundation. Income from the this fund will provide grants to non-profit organizations who provide hunger relief in the Rochelle area.

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Inspire Learning Fund

Grants made from this fund will promote Education in our communities.

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Steve Pfeiffer Memorial Endowment Fund

To honor Steve's life of service, income from this fund will be used to make annual grants to local non-profit organizations as recommended by members of his family.

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Disaster Relief Fund

The Disaster Relief Fund was created following the tornado that hit the Rochelle region in April 2015. All donations made into this fund will be used to provide long term relief for affected disaster victims.

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Jeffry W. Cole Family Memorial Fund

In honor of Jeff, Sheri, and Grace Cole, grants from this fund will benefit programs and projects in the Rochelle area.

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Health & Wellness Fund

To advance health and wellness of people of all ages in our communities.

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H.P. "Jim" Walker Memorial Endowment Fund

Jim Walker began his career working for the International Harvester Company in locations in Wisconsin and Illinois. In 1969, he and business partner Wayne Schork, moved their families to Rochelle to own and operate Walker-Schork International, the local International Harvester dealership. Originally from Plainfield, Wisconsin, Jim was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing and shared these loves with his sons and grandsons. A brilliant businessman, risk taker and entrepreneur, Jim was a founding member of the Greater Rochelle Economic Development Organization and helped to establish Rochelle’s city owned rail spur. In retirement, he became a builder and developer, establishing the Hickory Ridge Subdivision west of Rochelle. In his lifetime, Jim’s philanthropy was mostly private, sharing his gifts both financial and as a mentor with those who were willing to work hard to achieve their goals. To honor his life and leave a legacy for the community in his memory, Jim’s family has established the H.P. “Jim” Walker Memorial Endowment Fund, a charitable donor advised fund of the Rochelle Area Community Foundation. Jim’s family will have the opportunity to annually recommend grants to projects and programs that support his interests in sporting and conservation, agriculture, education, training and mentorship, among others. The Rochelle Area Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving the charitable and philanthropic needs of the community, is honored to assist the Walker family in supporting the community through the H.P. “Jim” Walker Memorial Endowment Fund.