Calling On Young & Emerging Local Leaders

A new program called Board Bootcamp is set to launch in January of 2023. This four-session training is designed to equip professionals in Kankakee and Iroquois Counties with the skills and knowledge to serve effectively on nonprofit boards.

Board Bootcamp will cover diverse aspects of board service – broken down to be simple and easy to understand. Attendees will hear from current nonprofit board members, network with community leaders, and learn how they can best contribute to the enhancement of our local nonprofit organizations.

Board Bootcamp is set to kick off its inaugural cohort on January 17th, 2024, continuing on January 31st, February 14th, and concluding February 28th. Sessions will take place from 8-9:30 AM at Riverside Medical Center's Johnson Lecture Hall. Cost per-participant is only $40 for all four sessions.

Register to join the first-ever Board Bootcamp cohort!


Board Bootcamp is a joint initiative of United Way and the Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley, with support from the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce. Our goal is to strengthen Kankakee and Iroquois Counties' nonprofit leadership, engage fresh voices in board service, and build a strong foundation for participants’ community engagement and impact.

This series is meant to provide capacity-building around topics of interest for the nonprofit agencies in Kankakee & Iroquois Counties at little to no cost utilizing local experts. Held quarterly, each Lunch and Learn features guest speakers presenting on a specific topic. Subscribe to our email newsletter for up to date information on our next Lunch and Learn.

Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley partnered with the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce along with Presenting Sponsor, Ascension Saint Mary to bring Nonprofit Coffee talks quarterly to the leaders of our nonprofit community.

This event is open for any nonprofit in Kankakee County and is free to attend (registration requested). Coffee, water, donuts and light snacks are provided.

This is an opportunity to meet with nonprofit leaders, discuss opportunities to collaborate and learn from each other. Want to talk about staffing issues? Board issues? Program issues? Professional Development? Fundraising? It's up to you. Join us to network and collaborate!

Next CEO Coffee Talk:

September 26, 2023 8:30 am
Location: TBD


The Annual Awards Luncheon is a celebration of the Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley. Grant awards from the Communityworks Fund and the Rosie Fund are announced and highlights of the foundation's projects are also presented. This event is held the third week of May.


navigator-society.pngThe Navigator Society Reception brings together professional advisors to celebrate their partnership with the Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley. This event is held in the summer.

legacy-society.jpgThe Legacy Society Reception is for donors who have committed $5,000 or more to the Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley. This reception is an opportunity for like-minded individuals to network and share their love for our community while also learning about the foundation's programs and future plans. This event is typically held in October/November.