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Circle of Service Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-07-15

At A Glance

Circle of Service Foundation

P.O. Box 6067

Vernon Hills, IL United States 60061-6067

Telephone: (847) 716-2111


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $535,532,251

Total giving: $27,142,752






Established in 1997 in IL

Purpose and Activities

Giving primarily for human services, education, medical research and Jewish concerns.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Challenge Grants

A challenge grant (which might also be called a matching grant) is our commitment to award a specified amount of money to an organization based on the amount of new private funds raised in response to our challenge. The amount a recipient organization ultimately receives depends on its fundraising activity after we notify the organization of the challenge grant award. See foundation web site for details on how its challenge grants typically work.

Community Services

The program supports organizations in Cook and Lake Counties, Illinois that help individuals achieve stability in their lives and grow to achieve increasing self-reliance and independence .


The program supports organizations that optimize the opportunity for low-income youth in Cook and Lake Counties, Illinois to live engaged and productive lives. Education grants are by invitation only. If you have a new program that aligns with the program's giving area, contact the foundation.

Jewish Community

The program supports program supports organizations that generate and maintain vibrant, cohesive and engaging Jewish community in Chicago and the United States, committed to the well-being of Israel and Jewish communities around the world.

Medical Research

The program supports organizations that seek to advance scientific and medical research focused on the diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure of cancer and other diseases. Medical Research grants are by invitation only.

Program-Related Investment

The foundation has made PRIs in the form of loans to a nonprofit organization in Illinois which focuses on community development through building child care capacity in many ways: as a lender, owner, and developer of child care facilities, as well as a management and financial consultant.

Fields of Interest

  • Child welfare
  • Diseases and conditions
  • Education
  • Human services
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students
  • Associations

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $535,532,251 (market value)

Gifts received: $21,533,494

Expenditures: $30,309,497

Total giving: $27,142,752

Qualifying distributions: $28,504,069