Learn more about our approaches to achieving results at scale while preserving the importance of place. Check out our publications for insights about building local philanthropy, nurturing networks, and the power of bringing people together to accomplish something of importance to them and their communities.
We also offer a handy guide to planning for and selecting consultants.

Brochure cover for Venturing Wide, Digging Deep Venturing Wide, Digging Deep

What transforms a community into a vibrant place to live and work? And how can a foundation help make this happen? Our grantmaking philosophy in a nutshell.

Brochure cover for The Insider's Guide to Outside Advice The Insider’s Guide to Outside Advice

Need help selecting and managing consultants? This booklet takes you through a simple four-step process and includes tools to help with screening, interviewing, and more.

Brochure cover for Communityworks: Everything Changed Communityworks: Everything Changed

In 2003 Grand Victoria Foundation launched Communityworks to strengthen local philanthropy in Illinois. Learn how Communityworks built the skills and resources of community foundations in its first five years and set the stage for great things.

Brochure cover for Communityworks: Nothing Can Stop It Now Communityworks: Nothing Can Stop It Now

Between 2003 and 2011 Grand Victoria Foundation invested substantial resources to build the capacity and resources of local community foundations. That investment has launched a transformation in Illinois philanthropy.

Brochure cover for Vital Lands Illinois: Bringing the Pieces Together Vital Lands Illinois:
Bringing the Pieces Together

Why Illinois needs a systemic approach to improving land conservation.